How integrated are you?

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On 9/12/2022, 10:49:45, Gambatte said:

 

Our child has two nationalities, not four. When started school could speak 4 languages but couldn't write any.

BTW I know a guy with 3 nationalities. Why 3? Because he gave up one.:o No kidding.

I know a guy born with 3, and now has 4. Reddit has a thread with people who have more. Very frustrating.

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1 hour ago, kaffeemitmilch said:

Reddit has a thread with people who have more. Very frustrating.

Why frustrating?

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1 minute ago, kaffeemitmilch said:

I WANT!

You want some more nationalities?

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58 minutes ago, yesterday said:

Did the Germans change the rule yet, that allows foreigners to have 2 passports? 

Yes, at least long ago 

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1 hour ago, kaffeemitmilch said:

Well to be fair I just want German at the moment, but yeah why not. The more the merrier :)

Fine with a Germany resident wanting German citizenship, but this you can have it fairly easily after long enough residence (of course, language test, bla bla).

But why wishing even more nationalities, I don't get it... Never mind.

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Could get complicated if you have lots of nationalities and are eligible for military service.

 

I am very happy with two😃

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7 hours ago, kaffeemitmilch said:

I know a guy born with 3, and now has 4. Reddit has a thread with people who have more. Very frustrating.

Best I can do is that at one time, not too long ago, I had a British passport, a Swiss driving license, a Maltese ID and lived in Germany. Imagine the German burocrats confusion.

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I only have two passports but when I moved here I had the choice to swap my Canadian drivers license for a German one or get my Icelandic license renewed. Icelandic license was less hassle although at the time a German license was tempting because they did not expire at the time. That ended up changing though.

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In Dresden at least, people usually stand by the side of the doors leaving a space.

A couple of years ago I saw a British couple on a tram, standing opposite but not near the doors. When it stopped, they didn't make any signs of wanting to leave so everyone started getting on and they got all flustered trying to battle against the flow. If they'd looked like they were leaving they'd have had no trouble. Probably blamed it on The Germans and their lack of queuing ability.

 

I feel more integrated these days. It's just been 30 years :) Didn't have as much chance to go out and meet people when I was bringing up the kids; my then husband was a workaholic so I had to look after them alone until late at night. Now the kids are in their own places and I just have a live-out boyfriend with whom I speak only German (spoke English to ex-husband). Can go out and do more, so now meet up with other Germans and do different activities several times a week - and the boyfriend is very much into a work/life balance so we spend much more time together chatting. My German was already good but now I find I'm coming up with more complicated phrases, or saying stuff that's hard to translate into English.

 

Still meet up with an international group; some are old friends who've lived here decades and some are German so it doesn't feel much of a foreign bubble, though. During Covid it seems quite a few of them have made decisions to break up with their husbands etc. and/or go back to their native countries.

 

I didn't intend to stay here when I first came and wasn't too happy about the idea of staying here "forever" as that became a possibility. But nowadays I feel happier here so it's not such an issue.

 

Still can't stand 80% of German TV programmes, though 😂

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I wonder what would happen if we who have been in Germany many years went back to live in our country of origin😉

 

Many things have not changed (landscape?) but many have, no M+S on the High Street anymore, lots more houses where there used to be fields.

Ubiquity of Polish people in the UK would be a Plus for me, I have met lots of nice Poles in Germany. Lots of nice Germans too of course.

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54 minutes ago, Fietsrad said:

I wonder what would happen if we who have been in Germany many years went back to live in our country of origin😉

 

If one travels back often, then changes seem mild and slow. But if you have not returned for some years, then it can be very unsettling! 

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I came to the realisation some years ago that I don't fit in back home any longer.  I love to go there to visit family and friends, but I'm not sure I could live there today. Not only has Ireland changed a lot, but I have too.

 

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Us expats change more than those who stay at home. We learn to adapt  and meet a more varied population, with work and social life. Can be hard initially, but can make us stronger.

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On 13.9.2022, 21:23:19, LeonG said:

a German license was tempting because they did not expire at the time. That ended up changing though.

You have to differentiate between the "Fahrerlaubnis" (which doesn´t expire) and the "Führerschein", the document proving that you´re allowed to drive (which does). Driving without the former may land you in jail, driving without the latter will cost you €10.

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In people s back gardens apparently... loads of sheds, garages, semi permanent buildings gone up without planning permission. In London they occupy beds 24/7 on a rotating shift basis. And pay a fortune for it. Makes Dickens look cushy. 

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