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6 posts, 18:04 hrs
The food was great, but it took a (very long) while, at least for mine to arrive. They've been closed for the last ten months, because of serious illness of the owner's wife, and just opened up again…
16 posts, 14:20 hrs
This will make a difference and when he is ready, and needs to start speaking, he will. He still has the time to gain confidence before his ability to join in, the 'Mündliche' part of his marks,…
96 posts, 13:58 hrs
Hi, I just wanted to update the situation and see if anyone can offer advice. We found out that the debt is from courts in Bavaria. It is for child benefit payments that the state paid when my…
86 posts, 09:50 yesterday
Folks there is a test prep session usually held at VHS. Normally they charge 62 EUR for a 7/8 hour training session for TELC B1. This will give you a very good idea about the exam and strategy…
6 posts, 14 September
Three of my favorites (because they are made for larger cars): 1. Karstadt Parkhaus (on the east side of town, not far from Cinecitta 2. Jakobsmarkt Parkhaus (within the city walls, on the west…
10 posts, 14 September
If you were still under the same visa, I guess you could argue you were just travelling out of the country/visiting home, so that's why you didn't deregister. Since you're living at the same address,…
8 posts, 14 September
Yes Thomas a friend of mine jointed the hairdresser staff from Toupet Or Not Toupet recently. He speaks english fluently, and has some foreign customers too. Furthermore he frequently participate at…
2 posts, 13 September
13 -15.09.2019 36th International Model Railroad Show & 12th Märklin Days in Göppingen. Show focusing on big and small railroads on an area of 49,000 m2 (527,000 ft2), with fun and games – for…
32 posts, 12 September
Problem with models made for a left hand market: The fog and reverse hooters need to be adapted for the German market to make them road worthy. You can't drive them without that modification, not…
6 posts, 12 September
Then you need to inform yourself regarding the consequences of having 2 residences with regard to family members on dependant visas. Perhaps someone with professional ecperience in this field…
42 posts, 10 September
Even though, I kinda stopped "advertising" here, we still exist after all these years. And we are still meeting every first and third Wednesday, but nowadays at the Dubliner Irish Pub (Maxstraße…
47 posts, 9 September
I have found the rents here not that extravagant. We are paying around 750€ for a nice 100 square meters with a yard and a bunch of other extras including a nice view of the mountains. We paid more…
2 posts, 7 September
I have an ironing board and a towel holder (freestanding, for the bathroom) to give away. The ironong board is a simple, fairly short one, with a brand new cover. Either article to be collected in…
20 posts, 6 September
I think it is oxygen degradable bags that are going to be banned. These are made from petroleum and designed to break down quickly to microplatics, as opposed to the bio ones made from cornstarch…
2 posts, 6 September
This post reminded me of American high school autumns eons ago. I was never actually a football fan but rather liked the entertainment folded around the games. That and the rare social life of…
2 posts, 6 September
DependentVisa query I am resident of Dortmund and arrived to Germany on dependent visa . I landed up with a job as IT-Informatiker but my HR provided me with the job contract only till April…
43 posts, 5 September
Thanks! In the end it all came down to Vitamin B, however, I still needed to show my original employment contract and past three payslips. I think the corporate versus cultural aspect probably…
72 posts, 3 September
It depends somewhat upon which psychologist you rely for your answer, but there are generally accepted stages. Just a quick overview: crying... gesturing → babbling → single word (ca. 1 year old) →…
4 posts, 3 September
Hi Daniala, Ours is 6 months old. What brought you to Germany? Where you from? My wife is Latvian and I'm from the UK. We love it so far and been hear since November last year. Craig
1 posts, 2 September
Hi all, I couldn't find a list or ranking of elementary schools or Gymnasiums near or in Duesseldorf. My definition of "Great elementary school" means high potential of going to a Gymnasium…
14 posts, 2 September
Some do, so it´s worth a try. 1,8-fold is still more than they will get from public insurance. I even remember a case where a dentist pulled a tooth for free when a poor tourist had terrible…
3 posts, 30 August
My son is only a couple months old yet, but we (wife and I) are always interested in other English speakers around here. My wife is German but speaks perfect English, and she'd also like to meet…
1 posts, 29 August
Hi everyone, I just moved back to Germany from the U.K. with my two little ones (2 and 4) and am now looking for an English speaking community in and around the Starnberg area. Any other…
21 posts, 27 August
If you were a tenant moving into this apartment and you find that the former tenant left something in the apartment, what would you do? I think I would ask the landlord to remove it to make sure I am…
4 posts, 23 August
When my 2 kids were einbürgerunged as part of my application, I was asked to provide a copy of their last school report as proof of their german proficiency. They were in class 1 and 4 at the time.
1 posts, 22 August
HI all,   First post, and I do realize there has been plenty of great advice already about topics like these that I’m still reading and re-reading. Still, I’m seeing all kinds of advice, some of…
19 posts, 22 August
I ask the people i work with to correct my German which some do, I also when unsure, say alternatively endings to a word in a questioning manner and someone will always give me the right answer, e.g.
2 posts, 20 August
Sorry for late reply. We've tried a few times to arrange something in Braunschweig but not much interest, it clashed with my German classes too. I would like to play regularly and I know a few…
1 posts, 19 August
I require assistance to help distribute pallets around the exhibition site. Nothing heavy and plenty of breaks and rest. You must be physically fit and have a good command of English language.
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