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Living in Germany: German, travel in Europe (especially travel with public transport), finance and tax returns, citizenship, children and school, traditions, d.i.y., bureaucracy...
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10 best online dictionary for German language

If you live in Germany, online German dictionaries are a daily necessity. I think that no one remembers paper dictionaries anymore. The choice, however, is not so rich. I took only free dictionaries.

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10 best online dictionary for German language

If you live in Germany, online German dictionaries are a daily necessity. I think that no one remembers paper dictionaries anymore. The choice, however, is not so rich. I took only free dictionaries.

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What is selbstständig, Unternehmen, Honorar, Firma?

What is selbstständig and how does it differ from Unternehmen? Selbstständig in Germany is an individual entrepreneur with a small business, as opposed to Unternehmen with a bunch of employees? Freiberufler is a freelancer or not only? And if I work for a Honorar – am I a Freiberufler?
Let’s take a look at the statuses.

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Actual this autumn: emergency storage, corona rules and declaration of real estate

It’s still warm outside, but the lack of city lighting is a clear reminder that a hard winter is just around the corner. The German media regularly publishes a list of what the government thinks you should have in reserve in case of emergency. At the very least, long-term blackout are highly likely. Let’s look at this list. At the same time we will look at what is required of us in connection with the corona (do you remember this one?).

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Two maps of Alsace attractions

In the first part, we got from the north to Selestat. In the second part we go further south. Here the number of attractions and picturesque towns increases. Endless vineyards stretch along the hills, and in the half-timbered old villages you will find no less endless vinotheques.

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Part 1. Nothern Alsace
Part 2. From Selestat to Colmar and Eguisheim

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Teil 1. Nordelsass
Teil 2. Von Schlettstadt to Colmar und Eguisheim
Difference between ändern and verändern, verwandeln, wechseln and tauschen

This topic is about the difference between ändern and verändern, verwandeln, wechseln and tauschen. You can change slightly and completely, in a positive or negative sense, externally or internally.

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What is allowed to do if you have sick leave in Germany without to be fired

When my husband received sick leave not with a common cold and bed rest, the question immediately arose: “What, in fact, can and cannot be done during recovery so that the employer does not get indignant?”

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And you thought you were being praised. German certificate of employment Arbeitszeugnis

German certificate of employment Arbeitszeugnis is a carefully coded document to be studied with a list of words and expressions.

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How to change health insurance in Germany

We have already found out how the contributions to the state health insurance are formed, who is obliged to have it, and what exactly of the medical services we are paid for, and for which we will have to pay extra. Now let’s find out how to change health insurance in Germany if another insurance promises a lot of free additional services or if the old one does not suit us with its service.

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Strasbourg (Strassburg)

Strasbourg is nice to visit at any time of the year, but Advent and Christmas are the best here in my experience. Just keep in mind that everything closes right after Christmas and it's hard to even find a place to eat.

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Hunting in Germany

If you have walked at least once in a German forest, you have probably seen more than one “house” with stairs on the edge of forests, copses, along the fields. No, they were not built by nature enthusiasts to observe animals. That is they observe, only then they shoot.
First of all, I am interested in hunting in Germany in relation to non-hunting people, primarily to those who walk – are there any restrictions, how difficult it is to become a hunter?

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Chestnuts in Germany (Esskastanien, Maronen)

Roasted chestnuts are an essential part of Advent. In recent years, chestnuts in Germany have been sold far less than before and prices are incredible. Only Aldi rescues the situation – here you can buy small cheap chestnuts. In southern Germany you can also pick chestnuts in the forest. In this topic – how to distinguish edible chestnuts and how to cook them.
Let’s first understand the difference between Kastanien, Esskastanien and Maronen.

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Who should file a tax return in Germany

Briefly about who should file a tax return in Germany, I wrote in the introduction to the topic on filling out a German income tax return. But there was no answer to the question:
I came in Germany this year
I am employee and have no other income
– should I file a declaration in Germany for this year?

Let’s try to understand this difficult topic of tax resident, but first we will find out who is still on the list of those who must file.

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Difference between schlimm and schlecht

There is little difference between schlimm and schlecht. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been corrected from schlimm to schlecht. To this pair we add the words böse, arg, übel.

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What’s new in Germany 2023. Energy, ecology, finance

We traditionally study what awaits us in 2023 in German laws. In the first part, these are hot energy, financial and environmental topics. In general, life is expected to be a little easier, but sometimes additional environmental fees or social contributions still pop up.

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What’s new in Germany 2023. Social, insurances, medicine

The social sphere will be in the most turbulent state in 2023, because the old social benefits Harz 4 system is being destroyed, but what will appear to replace it will still have to be seen.

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Help get through the winter

6. Januar - Heilige Drei Könige fest (feast of the three magi). This is the day when young people dressed as three magi collect donations in South Deutschland. Let's us follow the tradition.

German and international organizations continue to help Ukraine, now especially with generators and other things necessary for life without heat and electricity. Here are the accounts and sites where you can donate money.

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Lake Constance (Bodensee). Public transport, guest cards and other topics

Lake Constance is Germany's favorite holiday destination. There are a lot of people (and cars), therefore public transport is important. But there are also three countries, three cantons, three federal states and some transport unions. It is not simple to get through all these information and not to pay too much (public transport is not cheap).
Two new topics about public transport with the map of routes and information about guest cards:

Public transport around Lake Constance
Tourist and guest cards of Lake Constance


All old posts (Mainau Island, Meersburg, Lindau, holiday with children and so on) were rewritten after last holiday:
#lake constance

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Bus und Bahn am Bodensee
Touristen- und Gästekarten Bodensee
#am Bodensee
Speech delay by children

Speech delay causes can be physiological, intellectual, psychological and social.
The first part is about speech development and speech delay symptoms by age.
Each of these symptoms means a specific disease or several diseases - in the part 2.
Part 3 - what to do with it in Germany
Part 4 - more about speech therapists in Germany, how to find them, what methods they use, and what other specialists will help you

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part 1. Symptoms
part 2. Speech delay causes
part 3. Speech delay treatment in Germany
part 4. Speech therapist in Germany

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Teil 4. Logopädie in Deutschland
Teil 1. Sprachentwicklungsstörung Symptome
Teil 2. Sprachverzögerung Ursachen
Teil 3. Mein Kind spricht nicht. Was tun