bariboy

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  1. Hi Natalie,

     

    welcome to Frankfurt - hope you like it here :)

     

    Sillyfellow is probably right about the Goethe Institut, but it does cost an arm & a leg. If you're looking for something good-value, I can recommend Zentrum für Deutsche Sprache und Kultur (also known as Tandem) but it very much depends on which teacher you get as I posted on some other thread here months ago. It's also an excellent place to know people! Feel free to PM me if you need more details.

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  2. The enthusiastic feedback above made me go for Headlines Haircutting for the first time, but I must have been very unlucky cos I'm not impressed at all. I asked for something utterly different and they gave me a really weird, almost Liam-Gallagher-like sort of look!! To say that I was horrified is an understatement. Luckily it was mostly the way they styled my hair - went back home, styled it in a different way and now it's ok-ish - I can tell the haircut itself isn't as bad as it looked. Still not what I asked for though. I would've been disappointed even if it had cost me 10 euros - for 40 it's a slap in the face. Maybe it's great for women, but I wouldn't recommend it to men, even if all they're looking for is a simple, modern cut.

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  3. All the enthusiastic feedback above made me go for Headlines Haircutting for the first time, but I must have been very unlucky cos I'm not impressed at all. I asked for something utterly different and they gave me a really weird, almost Liam-Gallagher-like sort of look!! To say that I was horrified is an understatement. Luckily it was mostly the way they styled my hair - went back home, styled it in a different way and now it's ok-ish - I can tell the haircut itself isn't as bad as it looked. Still not what I asked for though. I would've been disappointed even if it had cost me 10 euros - for 40 it's a slap in the face. Maybe it's great for women, but I wouldn't recommend it to men, even if all they're looking for is a simple, modern cut.

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    Hi everyone,I can recommend the TANDEM zentrum to learn german. It is a private institute located near the Rodelheim Bahnhof, not as cheap as the VHS but not as expensive as others such as Inlingua or the Goethe institute.http://www.tandem-frankfurt.de/I currently attend there and I have had a positive experience overall.Cheers!

     

    Based on first-hand experience. If you're considering joining a course at Tandem (aka Zentrum für deutsche Sprache und Kultur), make sure you ask who your teacher is going to be before you sign anything. Avoid Christine like the plague!! She's not a qualified teacher at all - I think she does it as a 2nd job. She won't do anything apart from exercises from the coursebook, in the exact same order as the coursebook and often has to check the keys at the back of the book cos she can't figure out the answers herself. She is unable to explain grammar and/or vocabulary.

     

    Seriously, stay away from her! Never had any other teacher at Tandem, but it seems some of them are pretty good.

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  5. I don't speak Portuguese but I believe I understood what Karla wrote - so similar to Italian!! - and I have to warn you that that's not true at all. The "tessera sanitaria" - Italian health insurance card - guarantees coverage as a tourist but not if you reside in Germany.

     

    As for the Freizuegig... whatever, I've been asked for it 4-5 times. On all occasions I showed the Aufenthaltsbescheinigung I got with my Anmeldung and that seemed enough.

     

    If you need more information, just PM me and I'll be happy to help - if I know the answers!

     

    PS: Karla, this is an English-speaking forum, so it would be great if we could all make an effort to write in English. Most people won't understand your posts if you don't :-)

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  6. You don't have to uninstall it - just click on Extras >> Nach Updates suchen. Depending on the current version of your Elster sw, you may have to repeat this operation more than once until you finally download v11.5.3 - I had to do it twice. Hope this helps.

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  7. Hi Nomad, strangely I'll be having visitors that weekend too. Is your friend a male? Reason for asking is that my visitors are - and in my experience 5 single guys together will find it difficult to get into a club. So it may be better not to join forces...

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  8. Hi folks, sounds good to me! Maybe we could meet outside ten minutes before the game? Otherwise trying to find each other downstairs won't be easy if the place is packed. I'll be wearing a long(ish) dark denim coat btw - not that that makes it easier to recognise someone!

     

    @ VirginiaWoolf: gies a shout when you're over here! I'm sure we'll find something. Although at the moment I only know one pub/restaurant that brew their own beer in the entire Frankfurt and another one in Darmstadt... on the other hand, I've never really looked for any such place, so I'm sure there's more.

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  9. Very short notice, I know, but would anyone be interested in watching Spurs-Inter together tonight? It should be a good game - the 1st one in Milan definitely was, even though I missed it...

     

    I'm an Inter fan but I don't mind watching it with Spurs supporters! Normally I go to Waxy's, but I'm sure O'Reilly's are showing it too and probably some other bars.

     

    If anyone's up for it, just PM, text or call me: 0176-86233569

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  10. Hi all, yesterday I received the rental contract of a flat I'm looking to rent. I speak some German but I'm by no means fluent and I seriously hope I misunderstood the clause below:

     

    "Die Parteien verzichten wechselseitig fuer die Dauer von zwei Jahren auf ihr Recht zur Kuendigung des Mietvertrages. Das Mietverhaeltnis ist erstmalig nach Ablauf eines Zeitraumes von zwei Jahren mit der gesetzlichen Kuendigungsfrist ordentlich kuendbar. Von dem Verzicht bleibt das Recht der Parteien zur ausserordentlichen Kuendigung aus wichtigem Grund und zur ausserordentlichen Kuendigung mit gesetzlicher Frist unberuehrt."

     

    Does it mean I give up the right to quit the apartment during the first two years - or am I horribly wrong? I hope I am, but if I'm not I would like to know if this kind of clause is standard and what would be the "wichtigem Grund" by means of which I'd be able to terminate the rental agreement.

     

    Any help will be much appreciated!

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    how dare the situation of labour conditions and respect of human dignity in Italy is, for workers in agriculture, especially (but not only) in Southern Italy.My advice...If you don't want to fund slavery and mafia, don't buy anymore agricultural products (fruit, vegetables, soups, etc...) coming from Italy, especially from Southern Italy.I could tell you horror stories about this (coming just from television and newspaper reports)...but just Google "Rosarno" o "puglia schiavi" or "sicilia schiavi", or "schiavi agricoltura"...

    This kind of stereotypes makes me smile when they come from non-Italians, otherwise they just make me cringe in embarrassment and disgust. I come from an agricultural village near Bari in Southern Italy and the situation is nowhere near the infamous Rosarno. Of course there are places where people work in terrible conditions, but I know that from the media because I've never witnessed anything like it myself. Where I'm from, most agricultural enterprises are family-run and they employ extra workers according to need. Admittedly MOST of these get paid cash in hand, which is disgraceful, but they certainly aren't reduced to slavery! Young Italian students often pick fruit in summertime to be able to afford a short holiday - I'm sure their families would realise it if they became slaves after their 1st day in the fields...

     

    Also, please forget the old cliche Southern Italy = Mafia cos it's SO naive. Where I'm from, we don't even know what mafia is and many other villages are exactly the same. Obviously the situation in a city - Bari, for example - and other towns would be different.

     

     

    ...unfortunately I have no easy way to distinguish between "honest" Italian companies and dirty ones, so in the doubt I prefer to implement a personal boycott of anything that comes from this mafia

    To be honest, if I couldn't tell "honest" companies from "dirty ones" as the OP put it, I wouldn't boycott them all, cos that would affect the honest ones. However, let's say the OP's approach is right. That means he's 100% sure that 100% of the fruit and vegetables he buys come from 100% clean companies. He must know some secrets!

     

    In the end, I will keep buying Italian produce cos I believe it generally tastes better than German produce...

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  12. The weather in Scottieland stays pretty much the same all year - rainy! Maybe the rain is warmer during the summer :P

    So they wouldn't shut for the season.

     

    Just as the others already wrote, you should focus on Edinburgh. If you're into castles, Stirling is not too far away. St Andrews is quite nice as well.

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    I can't blame ANYONE for not liking Frankfurt.

     

    I believe the OP only landed at Frankfurt Airport and didn't explore the city - at least that's what I can gather from his posts. He hasn't moaned about Frankfurt (yet!) and I haven't either, I just said it can feel very unfriendly sometimes. But I was talking about Germany in general without referring specifically to FFM, just as the OP isn't unhappy with Würzburg in particular. Anyway, Frankfurt certainly doesn't feel 'hostile' for me anymore, not since I've been able to get by with my pigeon German. In fact I quite like it! I wouldn't say it's the best place to live, but a good one nonetheless B)

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  14. Alexander, first of all ignore the haters on this forum, but also remember your naggy attitude actually gives them a pretext to be abusive. Moaning about Germany cos you're feeling homesick is ok - everybody must have done it at some point - finding fault with Edinburgh and Australia does seem a bit gratuitous though. And BTW there are some great flats in Edinburgh, let's say you were just unlucky ;)

     

    Secondly and more to the point. I am kind of sympathetic with you. I moved here almost 2 years ago and sometimes I've literally felt surrounded by a hostile environment. I'm Italian too and I think that was the main problem for me - I came from a country with hardly any rules to a country with A LOT of rules. They may seem too many / they may seem stupid / they may seem inflexible as you say.

     

    HOWEVER what they seem is not the point - the point is no country can be tailor-suited to your needs. Actually it's the other way round - like it or not, you need to adjust to Germany! At least try, and if it's still too much for you then you may have to call it a day and move somewhere else. Drastic decisions are less painful when you know you've made an effort :)

     

    Having said that, you'll never feel at home if you can't speak the language. Imagine living in Edinburgh or anywhere else in the UK without speaking English! You'd be wanting to leave before you even know it! I came here with no German and am slowly learning. I'm also quite lazy and would do f*** all if I had to, say, teach myself the language. That's what schools are for! You join a course so you feel 'forced' to study :P

     

    As for not knowing that many flats here are unfurnished, there's no excuse - it was your responsibility to gather some practical information about living in Germany before moving. The least you could do really. And as btomi wrote, there's more wilderness in Germany than in most European countries!

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    Ability to speak German (and ideall other languages on top) also preferred.

     

    Sorry but whoever gave you that information obviously doesn't work for Nintendo. Nintendo are constantly looking for testers, which I assume is the position Cordelle is going for. The only requisite to apply is being native speakers of one of the European languages Nintendo translate their games into - Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish - plus English. If you apply for an English tester position, you only need English and any other languages you may know are not relevant. Ability to speak German is neither requested nor preferred - unless you apply as German tester, needless to say. All internal communications are in English as well.

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  16. @ Gumby and Guy - you guys are definitely entitled to repair under warranty, provided that the item was bought in the EU less than 2 years ago. I know this for a fact as I used to work in the Service Entitlement department of a big IT firm ;)

     

    EU directive 1999/44/EC "A two-year guarantee applies for the sale of all consumer goods everywhere in the EU. In some countries, this may be more, and some manufacturers also choose to offer a longer warranty period."

     

    Unfortunately Gibona's issue is slightly more complicated and I honestly wouldn't know what to suggest :(

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  17. Hi again, in case anyone was curious to know what happened...

     

    I just received confirmation that the tax advisor has agreed to cancel the old bill and write a new one after my client's intervention. The new bill will be 250 € cheaper, which means it's still shockingly expensive but I suppose it's better than nothing :-)

     

    Thanks to those who replied and tried to help!

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