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Word of the week: Plätzchen, das

Wortart: Substantiv, Neutrum Bedeutung: Süßware in kleiner, flacher, runder Form; Gebäck, Keks Beispiel: Zu Weihnachten werden traditionell in Deutschland Plätzchen gebacken. Meine Familie liebt diese Tradition.

Happy Nikolaus! Frohen Nikolaus!

Happy Nikolaus! It is a good day to tell you that this month all our clients’ donations will go to Zündfunke e. V. – check out what they do and like them as much as we do. Frohen Nikolaus! Heute ist ein guter Tag, euch mitzuteilen, dass die Kundenspenden im Dezember an den Zündfunke e. V. gehen. Guckt euch … Continued

Word of the week: Zungenbrecher, der

Wortart: Substantiv, Maskulin Bedeutung: etwas, was sehr schwer auszusprechen ist Beispiel: Dieser exotische Name ist ein wahrer Zungenbrecher. Das Wort Eichhörnchen ist ein Zungenbrecher für viele Menschen, die Deutsch lernen.

Word of the week: Sitzfleisch, das

Wortart: Substantiv, Neutrum Bedeutung: a) [mit geistiger Trägheit verbundene] Ausdauer bei einer sitzenden Tätigkeit b) Gesäß Beispiel: Er ist nur durch Sitzfleisch zu diesem Posten bei der Arbeit gekommen.

Word of the week: Panne, die

Wortart: Substantiv, feminin Bedeutung: a )Störung, technischer Schaden, der eine plötzliche Unterbrechung eines Vorgangs, Ablaufs verursacht b) Fehler; durch gedankenloses oder unvorsichtiges Handeln verursachtes Missgeschick Beispiel: unser Wagen hatte eine Panne und wir konnten nicht weiter fahren 🙁

How to Germany: First steps in Germany

Maybe you have just arrived in Germany, maybe you have been living here a while now? If it is love, work or simply the fascination for the German language (the articles especially ☺) that brought you here – we are happy that you chose Germany as the place to be and stay. Let us give you some advice on your first steps in Germany.

How to Germany: How to find a doctor in Germany

How to find a doctor
We all get sick sometimes. Usually a visit to a doctor will solve all problems right away. For some sitting in the waiting room is a first relief in itself. Well, what do you do in Germany when you need to find a doctor? How does German health system work? Here is a guide on how to get treatment.

How to Germany: Block the street for your moving van

You are moving? Great – Block the street for your moving van
So you have found the perfect new apartment and told all your friends to help on that particular day to carry all your stuff from A to B? Well, congratulations! In this blog, you can find some information to make the much easier. Block the street for your moving van and save your energy. 

How to Germany: visa application in Germany

Visa application in Germany
For many people the visa application in Germany is a nerve-wracking process. It doesn’t have to be like that. Let us sort out the most important things to consider before you start to stress out.

How to Germany: Pregnant in Germany

How to Germany: Pregnant in Germany
You are having a baby – congratulations! An exciting time lies ahead of you and all your attention will be needed to be there for the little one. Let us help you sort out some administrative things  you might need being pregnant in Germany (and before the baby is born)  – and make sure you have all the time for your baby.

How to Germany: Registering in your city

You have decided to move to Germany and live here – great! Make things official and don’t forget registering in your city

Why register and when?
People that want to stay and live in Germany need to register here. If you are only here for a (long) vacation – you don’t need to worry about it.

Registering in your city should be done as soon as possible – why? Because many things can be done when you have registered here – for example opening a bank account, getting health insurance, a phone contract and much more.

How to Germany: Nachsendeantrag explained

Nachsendeantrag explained- when moving within Germany or leaving the country  (Permanent or Temporary Change of Address Order / redirection service)

First Steps after your move
If you have found a new apartment – congratulations first of all! The first order of business is to tell all providers, the bank and official offices (Ummeldung – change of address with the Bürgeramt!) that you have a new address.

How to Germany: Leaving Germany

Prepare for leaving Germany
You are leaving Germany? That’s sad – but you are probably off to new adventures. Leaving is easy if you pay attention to a few things

de-registration from the city,
cancelation of your apartment contract,
phone/internet provider,
electricity provider,

How to Germany: getting health insurance

Health insurance in Germany
Getting health insurance in Germany is not so difficult. First of all, one must know two things: you can be privately insured or join the public health system. The majority of people are in the public system which is – like every system flawed here and there- but totally recommendable.

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