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  • Location Niedersachsen
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  1. Yes there is an app for ARD and one for ZDF.  We have cable TV but almost never watch it.  I have also been holding on to it in case there is something that I can't get otherwise, e.g. CNN, but I think we will cancel soon.  I originally kept it for German TV but with prime and ARD, I have more than enough German stuff.  World cup football is the one thing that we would miss if we cancelled, but my children are now old enough that I can go to the pub instead.  (Post Covid).  I also have DAZN and we get some football and rugby on that.  
  2. Can you use an amazon firestick?  You can get German Amazon Prime and Netflix, and get ARD and ZDF for free.  
  3. Any IT experts out there? Home WIFI problems

    I finally bought a Fritz Mesh Repeater and we now have reliable internet throughout the ground floor of our house.  It was very easy to use and the accompanying app advises you on where to position it.
  4. Good advice already, I just wanted to add that when we moved out of our rented flat, there was some damage to the flooring that was our fault.  We only paid for the damaged area!!!  The floor had been new when we moved in and they did a calculation based on the flooring usually being renovated/replaced every 15 years.  Unfortunately I can't remember the calculation but the length of time we had lived there was also taken into account. It was good quality Parkett and we ended up paying about 100 Euro (I think, sorry, a long time ago).  
  5. What are you cooking today?

    Known as PICA, it can also be a symptom of iron deficiency.  (I am slowly becoming an expert as daughter was found to be severely anaemic last year. No longer anaemic but still severely iron deficient.)  My daughter didn't eat dirt but loved ice.
  6. Posting a used phone to the UK... import duty? This is what currently applies for goods from 3rd countries, so it is likely to be the strictest that will be applied.  When posting outside the EU, usually you have to put a customs declaration, and give the value so if you mark it as a gift with a value of less than 39 pounds, you should be ok.     
  7. Rude receptionist at Doctor's office

    My German is good, not perfect, but pretty good. I still get Germans speaking English to me, even after I have asked them to speak German.  Sometimes they switch in the middle of a conversation and then you are left wondering 'why did you switch, did I say something wrong?'  I try and carry on in German, and this mostly works but it does require a certain bloody mindedness.  My colleagues mostly speak excellent English, so it makes me more self-conscious about my German.  However, I think it is partly that they just don't think Brits/Americans can speak German, even if you have started the conversation in German quite competently.  But also it can just be habit.    In shops, if people hear me talking to my daughters in English they assume we can't speak German.  Actually, people assuming that I can't speak German leads to some interesting situations.  Sharing a table with some German women at the Hofbräukeller in Munich, they started criticising the fact that I was feeding my daughter fish fingers and saying what a terrible mother I was because of it.  I kept my mouth shut that time but was fuming.  Something similar happened once at a meeting I attended in Brussels.  The two Germans that I was sat next to, started talking about me in German, saying that I was talking nonsense, so I turned round and explained to them what I was trying to say.  The look on their faces was quite priceless.   When my children were very young (approx 3 years old), the Krippe staff wanted to practice their English on them.  I put a stop to that.  I only allowed one lady at the Krippe to speak English with them, a bilingual German-American.   I should just say, one time not long after I had first moved here, an American girl asked me directions in German.  I answered in English as it would have been weird to speak German.  She was so busy shouting at me 'why are you speaking English to me?' that she couldn't hear me explaining that I am British and walked off, still complaining.  
  8. I agree with MollyWolly - choose your Notar carefully.  Our sellers had inherited their house and there had been issues with the inheritance, so they asked if the Notar that had dealt with that could deal with the sale.  However, the Notar was not really a big problem, but our mortgage lender was.    Our mortgage lenders were insistent on the translation even though they had already signed the contract and despite the fact that I said my husband's German was good enough to understand written documents, he just wouldn't have been able to cope with the (spoken) contract signing.  Hopefully our mortgage lender was an exception but I would still try and ensure that the translation paragraph is not in the contract.
  9. I wasn't allowed to translate for my husband (we are both Brits but my German is better than his). If you are buying a house together, a spouse is an interested party and could have different interests. Our interpreter wanted to prepare a translation in advance and then just go through it with my husband on the day - pointing out the relevant parts, similar to what Vivanco says he did.  Our notary objected to this and insisted that the interpreter interpret everything that he said on the day.  He said that he would usually deviate quite a lot from the 'script'.  Our appointment took 5 hours!    One tip I have, is if you do need an interpreter, make sure that this is NOT mentioned in the contract.  Our notary added into the contract that an interpreter would be present. Our mortgage provider saw this and panicked and insisted we get our mortgage contracts translated into German.  In the end we found a shortcut, but it still cost us extra money and stress.  
  10.   Here is the official site.  It explains how to apply.  It states that you need an ELSTER certificate as either a company or a private person.  I have just skim-read it but it looks as though, if your company is not based in Germany, you can get one as a private person.   Applying for a German EORI number   Alternatively, you could contact someone at HMRC   UK government info on EORI post Brexit
  11. What are you cooking today?

    This is not correct.  Iodized salt contains between 15 and 25 mg/kg Iodine.  If you take the average, 20 mg/kg, then to get the EU RDI of 120 micrograms, you need only 7.5g salt per day.  Most people consume around 9g of salt per day, recommended is max 6g.  As food manufacturers have been encouraged to use iodized salt in their foodstuffs, it is not just the use of iodized salt at home that contributes to iodine intake.  Of course, the reason that salt is chosen for fortification is that it is a foodstuff that people are not likely to consume in excess and therefore the risk of getting too much iodine is reduced.  It is also mandatory for its use to be labelled so that, e.g., those with an overactive thyroid, can avoid it.
  12. Where to buy a Whippet puppy? Or kitten? Maybe not for the OP, but for anyone else that would like to adopt a greyhound.  My sister in law adopted two greyhounds and is very happy with them.
  13. Any IT experts out there? Home WIFI problems

    So I had a bit of a play, and now have separated the 2.4 and 5 GHz.  I had tried to do this before but chickened out as I was worried I would muck everything up.  I am not very computer savvy but my husband is even less so, so I google a lot for solutions.  It is working a bit better and I have also moved the cordless phone, and that seems to have helped.  The repeater is set up for mesh but is probably not in the best position - we are lacking electricity sockets in the middle of the house.  We want to do some renovation on the ground floor so I am seriously considering getting some wired solutions, especially for the home PC and our work laptops.  Thanks for the help here!
  14. Any IT experts out there? Home WIFI problems

    Thanks for the info.  I can log into the admin interface and will give it a go later.  Although not in a Mehrfamilienhaus, we have teenagers and a lot of different devices accessing the wifi. The router is on the ground floor and travels up to our bedroom ok, but doesn't travel as reliably to the other side of the ground floor, which is where I have my corona home office.  Husband is in the dining room and that works better.  I will try and follow your advice and let you know how I get on.  Thanks!!
  15. Any IT experts out there? Home WIFI problems

    I have the same issue and even have the vodafone repeater.  I have used a wifi app and it seems that if I could change channel or change to 5GHz, I would be okay but I can't seem to do either.  I am sure that in the past I have changed the channel, but can't seem to do that in the router settings any more.  I have the FritzBox! 6490 Cable.  I would be very grateful for some advice.