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  • Location Baden-Württemberg
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  • Year of birth 1969

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  1. Switching from German to American school system

      We didn't have any of that in my high school. But when I went to watch the first basketball match, everyone got up. Nobody had told me and I was very confused. They didn't do that for band or theater performances, though.
  2. Switching from German to American school system

    So how is your 10th grader doing in school here? S/he should be at least a junior when he gets back to school this fall. If the high school has had German exchange students, they should know what to do. If he was near the top of his class here, I would consider placing her/him as a senior. This is based on my experience (albeit in the 80s) when I spent a year in an American high school at 16 and after finishing 10th grade Gymnasium. I was placed as a junior but allowed to take advanced placement senior classes. I was in general junior English for a few weeks which was boring me to death so allowed to switch to senior AP English. I could have graduated after that year if I had chosen to take one semester of American history and of government, but I chose fun stuff like debate which we didn't have in Germany or theater.    They didn't ask for curriculae but maybe this was because the school was in a college town and they'd had plenty of international and exchange students. I think they want to know what topics were covered per subject. I wouldn't bother asking the schools but rather look here:,Lde/BP2016BW_ALLG_GYM  and maybe use deepl to translate  (also, feel free to PM me to look over the translation - as a native German speaker and near native English speaker who knows both systems I can probably spot errors). They would see e.g. that 10th grade means advanced algebra and trigonometry were covered and your kid is ready for AP calculus.   edit: I should ask, is this a G8 (12 year) or G9 (13 year) gymnasium? In G8 (still the norm in BaWü), 10th grade math includes some calculus: httr r/p://,Lde/LS/BP2016BW/ALLG/GYM/M/IK/9-10/04   I also noticed your other kids are a tad on the old side in the German system and will certainly be in the US. I would definitely place them in the same year they would be attending in Germany this fall. I don't think there will be issues. Having completed 8th grade Realschule, they will have covered Algebra I and Geometry I which was enough to graduate high school in Indiana when I was there  With the German system emphasizing essay type written exams and presentations for oral grades, they will ace English and Social Sciences, I am sure of that. And they can potentially get credit for German. Being bilingual or multilingual with proper command of grammar in at least two  languages helps cognitive skills and will go a long way in any school.
  3.   Apparently, one of his columns was one of three texts to choose from in NRW's abitur exam. Author befuddled as students take over his twitter page. Funny.
  4. abuse of nominative pronouns?

      Hey, this is fun and maybe addictive. Sometimes the synonyms they offer are not real matches. For catalyst, I got cause by elimination. Turned out to be right but I don't quite think it is. Or for cumbersome the best they could do was heavy.
  5. abuse of nominative pronouns?

    Just tried it (9/10). Speed adds another level. Interestingly, the higher the age group, the higher the reference score. So it is not just about click-click.
  6. abuse of nominative pronouns?

    Die spinnen die Bayern     I remember looking up der Semmeln once but was surprised it is no longer listed in the Duden.
  7. abuse of nominative pronouns?

    Sorry, of course, my typo. Fixed that, thanks.
  8. abuse of nominative pronouns?

    I'm with them that Corona in the meaning of an actual crown or a crown-shaped electrical discharge is feminin. I wouldn't go as far to say anything ending in a is feminin. e.g. Latin neutrum plural, such as Forum - Fora. Things are further complicated in that Corona is shorthand for the disease (die Krankheit) as well as a group of viruses or the specific virus that causes Covid19. And in both English and German one seldom means a single virus/virion, but rather a whole lot of one kind or several kinds.   The plural of virus in English is a can of worms, and you can get lost when you try to explain how this derives from Latin because a rather weird concept in Latin that belonged to an obscure declension was given a new modern meaning.   I agree Virus can be der or das in German. Just go and look up Joghurt...   edit: Duden no longer allows der Semmel
  9. abuse of nominative pronouns?

      Only now did I see where you were trying to go. It is definetely not der Scheißcorona. I'd vote for das Scheißcorona though I can't entirely rule out die Scheißcorona. Beats me.   Edit: so is that because Scheiße is gender fluid (which it is) or because Corona is?
  10. abuse of nominative pronouns?

    Most of the time it is die Scheiße. Saying "So ein Scheiß" is correct, though, as is "So eine Scheiße"
  11. abuse of nominative pronouns?

    I can second das Corona (Bier). I don't think anybody would use an article for the disease though it should be neutral gender. It is either die Krankheit or das Virus. 
  12. abuse of nominative pronouns?

    Sorry, you are dead wrong about Meghan and deren Kind. I'll give you a pass on Willams Bruder und dessen Frau if you really want to talk about Kate, but it is a tad klutzy and not every native speaker will get it.
  13. abuse of nominative pronouns?

    Except Dickens didn't write Old English
  14. abuse of nominative pronouns?

    And in not so modern? I struggle to find anything wrong with it, even if it were from a contemporary of Dickens.
  15. abuse of nominative pronouns?

    Concur. "It was hers child" makes me want to hide under my chair.    So I take it almighty google does disapprove of "her and Harry's child"?