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scot47



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would always hire a bilingual non-native in preference to some monoglot EFLer !
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fat_chris



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

scot47 wrote:
I did come across Andreas Baader though.


Exclamation

Baader-Meinhof!

Hard core.

scot47, you never cease to amaze and impress me. Cheers, Teacher.

Warm regards,
fat_chris
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scot47



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Republican Club in Berlin-West. Most of the oldtimers are now dead or in the NPD !

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fat_chris



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

scot47 wrote:
The Republican Club in Berlin-West. Most of the oldtiemrs are now dead or in the NPD !


I can imagine.

I like how you call it Berlin-West and not West Berlin--definitely the lingo from another era.

Berlin has always captured my imagination, for better or for worse

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Sashadroogie



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Location: Moskva, The Workers' Paradise

PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Berlin is a great city. Pity that the Mauer Museum contains so much blatant anti-Russian propaganda.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The strange world of Divided Berlin. names are discussed here in Wikipedia

Most Westerners called the Western sectors "Berlin", unless further distinction was necessary. The West German Federal government officially called West Berlin "Berlin (West)", whereas the East German government commonly referred to it as "Westberlin"; it began to use "Berlin (West)" only in the late 1980s. Starting from 31 May 1961, East Berlin was officially called Berlin, Capital of the GDR (German: Berlin, Hauptstadt der DDR), replacing the formerly used term Democratic Berlin), or simply "Berlin," by East Germany, and "Berlin (Ost)" by the West German Federal government. Other names used by West German media included "Ost Berlin", "Ostberlin", or "Ostsektor". These different naming conventions for the divided parts of Berlin when followed by individuals, governments, or media commonly indicated their political leanings.
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fat_chris



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ach! Diese Ostalgie!

Mit herzlichen Grüßen,
fetter_chris
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not have "Ostalgie". I am still suffering from "Wendekrankheit" ! (ie a nervous collapse occasioned by the takeover of the GDR by the Class Enemy from Bonn)
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't worry, Scot. It is merely a cunning plan to get the bourgeois powers to drop their guard. And then, when they least expect it, tanks of the progressives nations will roll through the Fulda Gap and liberate the toiling classes in the oppressed nations.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Berlin is full of paradoxes but I for one have no doubt that the "Reichshauptstadt" is well on the way to becoming City Number One in Europe !
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwerbelastungsk%C3%B6rper

Was a taboo when I was there. I must try to investigate if I get a chance to visit in the summer of 2014

I have this disturbing interest in reinforced concrete and in the "Flakbunker" of the Third Reioch !
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vashdown2



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where did the OP decide to work?
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evidently still in an office in the UK; was asking about Spain in August.
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fat_chris



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

scot47 wrote:
I must try to investigate if I get a chance to visit in the summer of 2014.


For whatever reason I am getting some serious nostalgia für Deutschland now after perusing the Germany boards here, not enough to make me even consider for a second to work there, but I now think that I want to visit in the Spring of 2016.

I completed an M.A. in German and did a semester abroad as an undergraduate at the University of Giessen in 1994 and then two semesters abroad as a graduate student at the University of Hamburg (1996-1997). I did a bit of free-lancing, teaching a graduate student English grammar--that would be the extent of my foray into teaching in Germany. My richer teaching experience took place in Austria. Good times back then!

scot47 wrote:
Berlin is full of paradoxes but I for one have no doubt that the "Reichshauptstadt" is well on the way to becoming City Number One in Europe!


scot47, how was that visit to Germany? I would like to go back and catch up. The last time I was in Berlin was in 2000! It goes without saying that that was a very different place then than what it is now.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Berlin has changed so much. "Auferstanden aus Ruinen". the new Hauptbahnhof - a Shopping mall with Trains - and Potsdamer Platz for example. I think I preferred the old certainties of the GDR. perhaps not with Walter Ulbricht at the helm but Erich Honecker seemed okay, once you got used to the Stalinist "deformations". Oy veh, it did not last !

אוי וויי


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