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About sluzup

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  • Location Niedersachsen
  • Nationality British/German
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  1. Daylight saving time - Germany

      What a petty reply.  But thank you for reminding me, why I really shouldn't come on here.
  2. Daylight saving time - Germany

    I didn't used to mind the clocks changing before, but since my children started secondary school, they start school at 7.35am.  This means, when the clocks go forward, it feels like they are starting school at 6.35am.  This is just horrible and it takes them several weeks to adjust.  I don't care whether they decide on summer time or winter time but I hope they stop the change.
  3. Rules regarding tree removal

    Tree protection is generally at an even more local level.  My town in Niedersachsen has its own Baumschutzverordnung, and it looks as though Hannover has something similar.  Baumschutz Hannover
  4. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    My letter says that I become German on the day the Urkunde is handed over, so as long as you pick that up before end of March you are fine.  I'm getting mine on Friday!
  5. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

      I had to go in person too.  One reason is that you have to pay in advance, I also had to prove where I lived, with a Meldebescheinigung, and from that they ensured that I did the correct test according to where I live.  (I live in Niedersachsen but others who took the test at the same time lived in Bremen, so had to do the Bremen test.)
  6. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Requirements for Einbürgerung   Send this to the lady at the Kreis.  It says you need/can get an Attest from your doctor.
  7. Pollen count for hazel is medium to high at the moment.  So could definitely be hay fever. If this is the case, fresh air is not what you need.  German weather service - pollen warnings 
  8. I can't remember the timings of everything now, so I may have this wrong.  My previous post from 2011 was about 6 months before my twins started school.  So at that point I had definitely taught them to read some English, using the resources mentioned in this thread. Once they started school, I left them to concentrate on the German.  I did still read to them most nights, but they started to want to read for themselves.  They did read mostly in German for that first year of school but then when they were 8 they wanted to read Harry Potter and we only had a few of the books in German so first one child, and then the other started reading in English without any extra help.  The only issue that one daughter had was the pronunciation of names that she had never heard of, like Pamela.  I bought them lots of books in English, and we got lots of German books out of the library and they are both excellent readers (although one is not so good at spelling).