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  • Birthday June 12

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  • Location Hessen
  • Nationality Irish
  • Hometown Dublin, Ireland
  • Gender Female
  • Year of birth 1957
  • Interests Nordic walking, cooking, baking, listening to Irish/British radio

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  1. Telc B1 exam experience(Horrible)

    It sounds to me like you did just fine.  The testers are there to see if you can speak, and that's what you did. The people who freeze up completely and can't talk any more have a bigger problem.  Maybe you misunderstood the question, but that happens, as long as you kept talking and made sense, that's fine.   Also, don't worry about the length of the text you wrote, as Robinson said in her post, it's what you write that's important and not the length.    Come back and let us know how you did, we'd be interested to know
  2. Living in Dietzenbach

    Dietzenbach, as with Offenbach, had a bad reputation some years ago, but that has changed today.  There is an area that used to be called Starkenburgring, I think it's called Spessartring now. This is where the high rises are that Neudarmstaedter referred to.  Those buildings should be avoided, but the rest is fine.  I have a good friend and both of her children have bought houses in Dietzenbach and are very happy there.  Honestly, there really is nothing wrong with the general area today and it has a regular S-Bahn service both to Frankfurt and Darmstadt.
  3. Need Malt Vinegar today (Saturday)

    I'm afraid I don't know about Munich, but REWE here in Frankfurt have it
  4. The English Teacher's Corner

    I do some work editing and proofreading and our guidelines are, -ise is British spelling and -ize is American. Some people use both, but that's usually because they're unsure themselves as to which they should use.
  5. Why are you unhappy today?

      Thalidomide was an anti-sickness medication offered to pregnant women suffering from morning sickness.  I was born in Ireland in 1957, and while my mother was pregnant with me, she was offered this medication, but, thankfully, she decided not to take it.  
  6. The English Teacher's Corner

      I'm back to about 80%, and that's fine for me. As you say, there aren't as many expenses, so it works.   What I found interesting is the difference in treatment between the companies I work directly with and the language school I do some work for.  The companies supported me from the very beginning.  I could work online, or come into the company and teach face-to-face, if I felt comfortable about it.  At the moment, I do 5 classes a week online and the other 10 are in company, and I like that combination. I'm disappointed with the language school, I haven't heard from them since April and I've made the decision not to go back there if and/or when they ask.     
  7. What made you smile today?

    I came across these two articles this week, both of which made me smile. The first is about an increase in the demand for cosmetic surgery since the lockdown. people are seeing themselves in video conferences a lot more than normal, and, apparently, a lot of people don’t like what they see.   https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/20/why-cosmetic-surgery-on-rise-hours-staring-at-ourselves-zoom   The second is about a new app with the sounds of an office, for people working from home. They are starting to miss the everyday noise in an office, so this app can make it feel more normal for them.   https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/noises-off-and-on-again-listening-out-for-the-sounds-of-a-new-normal-1.4318969  
  8. I think Covid-19 is a big issue just now.  My daughter and her husband got married this time last year.  They have both been working from home since March, but luckily, their Frankfurt apartment has 4 rooms, so they both have enough space to work.  I know of other people who are having online meetings in the bedroom, kitchen area, etc.  It works for a while, but if this goes on and more people need to work from home, there's going to have to be at least one extra room for people to work in, when necessary.
  9. Is "social justice" a good idea?

      Yes, they are, but you have to ask yourself why they're taking this action. They obviously realise the danger to their people and need to react, which most are doing as best they can.
  10. Is "social justice" a good idea?

      With the media, you have a point, but with governments, I don't think so.  We can't get governments to agree on the smallest of issues generally, but now they're singing from the same hymn sheet, that doesn't make sense.
  11. Is "social justice" a good idea?

      Or maybe those other countries also see the sense in taking these measures with COVID-19
  12. Is "social justice" a good idea?

      You come from a reactive society, when the Irish government makes an unpopular decision, the first question from most people is usually "why" and they shout it loudly.  Irish people question everything, and that's good, in many ways.  Germans are not like that, they're a different people and they make their feelings known in other ways, like the ballot box, as we saw in the last election.  I don't think the people are blindly following the government, they see the logic in what they're doing, so it's ok for them.   You don't have to like it, or agree with everything, but to live here, you need to find a way to deal with it  That goes for any country you chose to live in.     
  13. Is "social justice" a good idea?

      Why do you feel the need to insult someone you don't agree with?   When this all started with the masks, I wasn't convinced it would help, but I did some research myself and found it logical to ask people to try and protect each other, and it seems to be working, so well done the government on this, because I don't always agree with them.   Something that hasn't been publicised greatly is the number of people who have recovered from the virus, but have been left with life changing illnesses.  I, unfortunately, know one such person, and thrilled as I am that he has survived, I'm more than horrified at what it's done to him.  It's not only death we need to be afraid of, but what this virus can do to us if we do catch it.   There is still a lot to be learned about this, and until the experts know more, we need to find a way to reduce the risk of catching it. If that means wearing a mask when in an enclosed area with other people, so be it, it's a small price to pay.  
  14. My smoke alarms are checked  once a year.  During the first inspection, they told me to remove the one in the kitchen because it isn't needed and will go off every time I cook. Maybe they were doing it for the same reason.  Are the rest of the smoke alarms intact?
  15. Brexit: The fallout

      That episode in their history may just come back to bite them!