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About engelchen

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  1. Language acquisition for 5/6 year old

      It is not just the schools. It is also the Kitas and the system as a whole.   Germany has changed since you've lived here and telling a foreign parent they have nothing to worry about is ignorant and irresponsible.    @Valerienellk    I think we can all agree that your child is at age where it is still possible to learn German, however, I disagree with katheliz's opinion that you don't need to be proactive.    There are many activities in which your child can participate, you just need to find the right ones for him. Once he starts Kita you could also try to organise after school playdates with other children.       
  2. Language acquisition for 5/6 year old

      He'll eventually pick it up, however, what he learns and whether or not he learns proper German will depend on the Kita he attends and the friends he makes. You can increase his chances of learning proper German by looking for a Kita with experience with foreign children and a good personnel ratio.  
  3. Language acquisition for 5/6 year old

        According to her profile, she is American. Unless her German is exceptional (and by that I mean a high C2), she should stick to English and get the kid extra German help.
  4. Aufhebungsvereinbarung (Termination Contract) after resignation

      ?   Why do you have a problem with receiving a wohlwollendes Arbeitszeugnis? Your employer is required to give you one.       
  5. Aufhebungsvereinbarung (Termination Contract) after resignation

        Why would you draft another letter?    The Aufhebeungsvertrag is designed to terminate your contract by mutual agreement on the date you want to leave.   All you need to do is make sure that the Aufhebeungsvertrag doesn't have any clauses that you don't want.  
  6. Residence and employment visas for Germany

      No.   I know many foreign students who studied Environmental Resource Planning in Germany and who were not able to find a job here.   Your plan is based on many incorrect assumptions.
  7. Americans just moved to Stuttgart

      I've always thought that the rental market in Munich is much harder than Berlin. The two of you are making my head spin.      I recently applied for an apartment in Berlin where I needed to get a form filled out, signed, and stamped by my employer indicating how long I've worked there, how much I earn, whether I have a temporary or permanent contract, whether or not my employment contract has been terminated and whether or not my wages are being garnished. This was required just to apply for the apartment.   I'm really surprised that landlords there require so little.        
  8.   First of all, Freedom of Movement mainly benefits unskilled/low skilled labour. High skilled labour can easily obtain a work permit in Germany if they have skills needed here.    More importantly, how many non-native English speakers did you have working with you as an adjudicator? How many EU citizens do you know who have good jobs there where only language skills are necessary?    
  9. Americans just moved to Stuttgart

      Landlords there are not worried about a newcomer not passing the Probezeit?
  10. Free public transport for kids in Berlin

      If you want something even better to complain about, you should read about what else the coaltition is financing:    https://www.berlin.de/sen/arbeit/beschaeftigung/solidarisches-grundeinkommen/  
  11. Americans just moved to Stuttgart

      It's nice to here postive outcomes! Thank you for the update.
  12.     Do you have public health insurance in Italy? After 2 years of public health insurance in Italy you'd definitely qualify for public health insurance in Germany. However, public health insurance in Germany will cost over 15% (14.6% + the Zusatzbeitrag) of your pension.    As a retired EU citizen Freedom of Movement only applies to you if your pension is sufficient to cover all your expenses including health insurance. 
  13.   WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!    That is the worst advice you could possibly give!!!   Applying for a dependent permit as a spouse after splitting up is a criminal offence in Germany.   
  14. probezeit

      I don't think you understand how things work here. Germany's labour laws make it difficult (but not impossible) to fire someone after the Probezeit and many employers wait until the end of the Probezeit to inform an employee if they intend to terminate the contract. The employer is also under no obligation to provide a reason for termination within the first 6 months.   In Germany, employees tend to be on average less willing to move to another city for a new job and most will keep their old apartment until they've passed the Probezeit.  
  15.     Do you have any idea of how much someone like the OP could earn in Munich? I live in the economic black hole of Germany and the employers here try to take advantage of foreigners who can't speak German if they don't have hard to find technical skills.