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  1. Americans who speak Elizabethan English

    Here is an interesting article about the sort of British/sort of American accent that Katherine Hepburn (and other Hollywood stars) used to use on screen:    
  2. Strange things that happened to you

    When looking for more information about an ancestor, I came across his naturalization paper online. The month and day I found this info just happened to be the same month and day his naturalization paper was dated, albeit the years were very very far appart.       
  3. @AlexTrand now I must see the light, foolish as I now feel. The B1 test I took did give me a certificate but it wasn't an official telc one. I looked at it and nowhere does it say 'telc.' Though the format of the test was the same as the telc example on their website. So went back and enquired at my old langauge school and they confirmed that it wasn't an official telc exam and that I need to take the real telc test. So that's what I'm going to do at one of the local VHS. Looks like the next tests are in autumn so I have time to buy a study book again and brush up a bit!    Hopefully no one else has a bogus B1 Zertifikat. It was a shock to find I had one and also to realize I now have to take the time and spend the cash (110 Euros) to go take a similar test again. But that's life.     
  4. The story continues. When I turned in my B1 Zertifikat at my Rathaus a few months back, my B1 Zertifikat (TELC) was considered acceptable. Today The VHS for my Kreis said ALTE is indeed 'alt' and of a lower value than the internationally recognized TELC Zertifikat. The VHS Language and Prüfungszentrum lady also said the TELC test is good forever. She was really kind and even asked the name and number of the Beamter at my Kreis Landrat who had written me the letter with the following words in it:   'Das Zertifikat B1, da das von Ihnen vorgelegte Sprachzertifikat nicht den Anforderungen nach Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) entspricht. Wo Sie das Zertifikat B1 ablegen können, entnehmen Sie bitte der beigefügten Liste' ...a list of language schools, including the VHS I called, all in my Kreis.    She is calling the Beamter herself because, as she put it, the Beamter seems misinformed about the value and longevity of the TELC Zertifikat. How nice to have someone on my side! I hope this will lead to hearing I don't need to take the B1 Zertifikat test (TELC) again. The VHS lady added she'd never heard of this type of requirement coming out of the Landrat in our Kreis and wanted all the more to be informed about what was going on there. Me too! I hope I get some positive news back soon.
  5. I called the langauge school where I took the B1 TELC and was told that a TELC test is only valid for three years after it's taken. That would definately make my old test invalid. Going to double check this with the VHS where I took my Einbürgerungs test this year though, just to have a more official answer.   A kind of strange sidelight is that my old langauge school no longer offers the B1 TELC, though they are TELC cerified. Their focus has shifted to B2 and above TELC prep and exams. Perhaps the Beamter gave them a call, heard the school doesn't offer B1 TELC tests and assumed my old test was a fake. I do have notarized proof that I attended the school and when and what book we used etc. though, again, if the test is only valid three years, presenting the Beamter with that extra info might not really spare me taking the B1 test again. Pesch.
  6. Update on the application for dual U.S./German citizenship.   Today I received a letter stating that my Zertifikat B1 was not considered acceptable.    It was a TELC B1 taken at a certified TELC private language school in Germany, in a different Kreis as I now live in, about nine years back and I had perfect scores. However, my Kreis is saying the B1 Zertifikat doesn't qualify because it doesn't come from the Association of Langauge Testers in Europe (ALTE). This sounds a little odd to me. At the interview in my current Kreis, the Beamter only required my B1 Zertifikat. There was no mention of TELC or Goethe or now ALTE nor where the test was taken being of any significance.    Along with the letter came a list of local Kreis places to take the B1 test again. VHS, IB, and some private langauge school.    Anyone have any experience with this? What is the difference between a TELC B1 Zertifikat and one that is ALTE? Does location of where you take and pass the test actually matter or are they splitting hairs?  
  7. Fly to Boston and mail yourself a letter to Germany. Fly back to Germany and wait and see how long it takes for you to get your letter. 
  8. Ok, usually it takes about 10 days for mail to get from Germany to the U.S. (depends on where in the U.S. though). 
  9. What made you smile today?

    A second team of workers came to pick up the job another team of workers (from Berlin) had dropped a few months back. Though they haven't finished the job either, at least they got a step further and said they'd come back (on Monday) to complete the work. My in-laws can use the barrier free shower without the glass doors but it would/will(?) be nice to finally have those doors installed.    
  10. Question for people who wear glasses

    Take it from a glasses junkie: try Kodak Lens.   I thought I was going to try buying glasses via Mister Spex last week but I ended up buying a great pair of new glasses at one of their partner shops, Kodak Lens, instead when I went in to get the eye test that Mister Spex requires. The glasses plus lenses at my local Kodak Lens only cost 111 Euros and were ready to pick up and enjoy wearing within a week. I had fun trying on a lot of frames at Kodak and why not try Kodak, they are lense experts for cameras, why not for glasses too? Makes sense to me.  
  11. I tend to say, 'Ooops!' in Germany when I mess up something/realize I've forgotten something/just about run into someone accidentally with my backing up shopping cart, etc. I don't think I ever said that before I came here. 
  12. What are you listening to right now?

    Tragic lawyer, Sydney Carton, from 'A Tale of Two Cities,'s song 'I Can't Recall' sung by James Barbour  
  13. What are you listening to right now?

    'Shallow Brown,' Percy Grainger's version
  14. The 'big cigar in the sky' otherwise known as Oumuamua is making astronomers and just curious people like me scratch our heads. What is it really? Where did it come from? How did it end up in our solar system or was it 'sent' here? Is it just a piece of space trash from some other system or what? How could it speed up while in our solar system? Is there someone/thing driving it or is it on auto pilot or is it a ship of some kind at all? Astronomy magazine has an article here: but I open this thread for people to both have fun speculating about it or also to try and have a serious look at it, and wonder about it. 
  15. What are you listening to right now?

    Uptown Funk! Eat another Easter chocolate and get your funk on.        
  16. What are you watching right now?

    An interesting short documentary about the women who were part of Bauhaus. I never really liked Bauhau architecture but I do like some of the furnature and textiles! Moreover I found it really interesting to hear about women who studied and worked at Bauhaus in the 1920s. I'd never heard about them before. 
  17. I came here thinking I could pick up everything quickly (new language, good job, friends), only to discover I suddenly had some limitations and those have not all improved with time here, so I have come to accept the limitations and focus on the things I have (be thankful I have a job at all, that I can get by ok in daily life auf Deutsch, that though I have no friends nearby but at least I don't have the troubled friends I had back in the old country!)   Today I am thankful for anything good in my life in Germany. I can't say that I was so thankful in my old life in America, I was always hoping for 'more' somehow, and this 'more' thinking was prevalent in my first years in Germany too: it only led to self-disappointment and a looming sense of regret, so I dumped it.    
  18. Are people with tattoos stupid?

    Ex-prisoner tattoos are about as aesthetically disturbing as the scars on forearms of 'cutter' teens (1980s). There's a loaded story behind both sorts; a story you probably don't ever really want to hear. 
  19. Being the outsider in a village

    Beats dodge ball, the all-American subburban street game where two teams take turns throwing a large rubber ball at one another's bodies. When you get slugged by one of these, the other team gets the ball so you better dodge it! 
  20. What are you cooking today?

    ''s what's for dinner'
  21. What are you listening to right now?

    Aaron Copeland's 'Billy the Kid' The part that brings the first a smile to my face comes around 5:15, giddy up!  
  22. What made you laugh today?

    2,750 Oreo cookies used to re-create the opening sequence from 'Game of Thrones' how Or(eo)iginal.       
  23. What are you watching right now?

    The barn dance from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.  
  24. What are you listening to right now?

    Whistling in the Dark sung by Julie Andrews