Helpful info for people new to Germany

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Hi

 

I've been living in Hamburg now for the last 1.5 years and have put together this helpful information for anyone new that I meet up with. Some of it is specific to Hamburg but I thought I might as well add it to Toytown. Also, some of it is pretty basic but for new people, maybe not so.

 

Cheers

PS I tried to Hyperlink the websites but the link box is not working correctly in this new version of Toytown.

 

 

 

 

Google Translate - This works way better than Babelfish.

http://translate.google.co.uk/translate_t#de|en

 

These websites show what is happening around Hamburg. On the first link, use Google translate to show it in english.

http://www.hamburg-magazin.de

http://www.hamburg.world-guides.com/hamburg_events.html

http://www.schmap.com/hamburg/home/

http://www.qype.co.uk/de600-hamburg?from_search=

http://www.hafen-hamburg.de/content/view/423/460/lang,en/

 

Bus trips around Germany and beyond.

http://www.berlinlinienbus.de/index.php?lang=en

 

HVV website for public transport around Hamburg.

http://geofox.hvv.de/jsf/home.seam?language=en

 

To buy music, sport event tickets around Hamburg & Germany. Use Google translate to show it in english.

http://www.ticketmaster.de

 

German news in English

http://www.thelocal.de/

 

Movies in Hamburg in Original Language and what cinema, you will see English next to the name if its in english

http://kino-fahrplan.de/programm/ofs

http://www.google.com/movies?sc=1&hl=en&ei=0HFoSsLIL8qFsAbm2o2UBw&near=hamburg&rl=1

 

Good old Leo, come across a german word, chuck it in here and out spits the answer in english with meanings

http://dict.leo.org/ende?lang=en&lp

 

Two Accurate-ish weather sites for Hamburg

http://www.wetter.com/wetter_aktuell/wettervorhersage/7_tagesvorhersage/?id=DE0004130

http://uk.weather.com/weather/today-Hamburg-GMXX0049?fromSearch=true

 

I use this for our phone calls home to NZ, it works out at half a euro cent per minute which is 30 cents per hour phone call.

www.dialnow.com

 

2 different websites for 2nd hand things like TVs, beds etc

http://hamburg.kijiji.de/

http://www.campus-hamburg.de/anzeigen/kleinanzeigen/angebote/kat/moebel.html

 

 

 

Watching english speaking TV

 

1) Bittorrents

The best way to watch english speaking TV is to use torrent files and download the programs. If you don't know how this works, I will let you have a read about it on this website that I learnt it from...the main thing is you have a bittorrent program, you find the torrent for what you want to download (each torrent is like a tv program or a movie or anything you can download), you download the torrent file which is a very small file onto your bittorrent program and then this goes looking for data on other peoples computers.. I've used this to download Coronation street (for Karen), Outrageous fortune, Prison Break, and the odd movie.

http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/peersharing/a/torrenthandbook.htm

 

This link includes places to find the torrent files

http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/peersharing/a/torrent_search.htm

 

But 2 websites that don't show on there are this one which is uknova. these are torrent files for programs from the UK

http://www.uknova.com/

 

and this one which has programs from australia and new zealand. You may need an invite to this one so just ask us and I will invite you to join.

http://www.diwana.org/

 

 

2) List of websites showing english TV channels

For watching ITV channels from UK but you have to use Internet Explorer to use this. Click on TV in middle of screen, and then click into lists at bottom

http://www.aelling-online-tv.dk/

 

 

This one is excellent for sports but also TV programs

http://www.atdhe.net/index.html

 

 

Go to this website, download the software and you have access to quite a few channels including Film4 movie channel

http://www.filmon.com/tv/index.php

 

 

3) This link is very good for watching movies, tv, etc

http://www.ovguide.com/movies-tv.html

 

 

4) TVcatchup...Live British TV

This website would be great http://www.tvcatchup.com but they have now changed it so that people in Europe can't view it. This is due to change at the end of 2009 when a new law comes into Britain meaning they will be allowed to let people living in Europe watch UK Channels. So in other words, keep this link somewhere for when that happens.

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Excellent information. I am going to bookmark this page. Thanks

 

My telephone tip is to look up Verivox before making a phonecall. Under "Call-by-Call-Preisvergleich"(the rate) search for the country you wish to call beside "Ziel". Then click onto the "Tarif Berechnen" button. (Oh, and you are looking for Tarif OHNE Anmeldung.)

 

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Probably depends upon where you are calling to Orla, but I just compared using Verivox (6.60 cent/10 mins) to using Telefontarifrechner.de (5.8 cent/10mins)

- did the comparison in the hope of finding something cheaper :)

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Hey guys,

 

i am joining Miami Ad School Hamburg in December 2009..and i am very excited!

I am now preparing all the papers for the visa application and i am searching for a house..

Actually, my girlfriend was accepted there too, so i am searching for a house with 2 bedrooms..and we realized that it's a little bit difficult to find one online..

So i wanted to ask you if u could give me some tips about the housing stuff in Hamburg.. what's the most suitable for us as Miami Ad School students (location, prices, etc..) or if you know someone from whom we can rent a house..

 

Thank you in advance

Looking forward for your reply

Best Regards

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Hi, all. I know this forum hasn't been touched in a while, but I thought I'd bring it up to modern times a bit. There's a lot of discussion here about TV in English and calling home. I was thinking it would be easier to just use WiFi calling and FaceTime when I needed to call home, and not worry about charges or pay-per-minute services. Have anyone had success/failure with this?

 

As for TV, what's the situation with things like Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime? Here in the states we completely cut cable and watch things on our Roku. Has streaming TV picked up in Germany as much as it has here in the US? Any suggestions for devices/services to look into?

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Amazon Prime in Germany sucks because... the content is overdubbed in German. :(

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1 hour ago, Metall said:

Amazon Prime in Germany sucks because... the content is overdubbed in German. :(

I seem able to change soundtrack language and subtitle language with no issues. It’s the little speech bubble icon on the top right (at least, on my iPad)

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1 hour ago, Metall said:

Amazon Prime in Germany sucks because... the content is overdubbed in German. :(

 

3 minutes ago, Auntie Helen said:

I seem able to change soundtrack language and subtitle language with no issues. It’s the little speech bubble icon on the top right (at least, on my iPad)

 

I noticed a few weeks ago that the first two seasons of Downton Abbey were only available in German, so I sent an irate email and voila, they are now available in English. Strangely as a separate titles...

 

https://www.amazon.de/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?__mk_de_DE=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&url=search-alias%3Dprime-instant-video&field-keywords=downton+abbey+staffel+1+&sprefix=downton+abbey%2Cprime-instant-video%2C250&crid=2TEUIUC1UJMG4

 

 

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