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Review of the book: “Good-bye Deutschland”

Review of the book: “Good-bye Deutschland”

“Goodbye Deutschland, with the Green Card to America” is a great story of a family, Christoph and Simone Puetz. In 1998, they emigrated with nothing but their remaining belongings in suitcases from Krefeld, Germany, to Denver in the U.S. state of Colorado. The Puetz family emigrated from Germany to live their own American dream in Colorado.

The book is available on Amazon Kindle.

“… no home, no job, no friends … so we found ourselves suddenly in America again, and only the strong will to make it here…!”

The Puetz won the Green Card lottery, and the emigrants tell of how they realized to live their own American dream in the hard every-day American ‘hire and fire’ mentality.

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Rufus King German Program-German is just plain “Funvergnügen”

Rufus King German Program-German is just plain “Funvergnügen”

Rufus King is a Milwaukee-based International Wisconsin Public High School that is continually ranked among the best in the state. The school offers rigorous pre-university study courses for motivated secondary education students.

Each year, the school organizes the Rufus King German Program that includes a trip to the schools’sister institution in Germany. Let’s take a look at some different facets of the German program at King that also includes the German Honor Society, the annual Speaking Contest held at various regions in Wisconsin, the Rufus King Germany Trip, and why you should take German (so nice to hear for me, the ever-German immigrant, though I’ve been here now for almost two decades!)

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American Culture – Some habits we’ve picked up since living in America

American Culture – Some habits we’ve picked up since living in America

We’ve picked up quite a few new habits from living here, and not only a love of the typical American pretzel. Deciding to live in the States really has been the best decision of our lives. Already as a student, I was looking for a way to expand my horizons through internships and work placements. So enjoy this post about American Culture – Some habits we’ve picked up since living in America.

So for the past ten years, we’ve abandoned our typical German lifestyle for this great life in the United States, and though the tames are a-changing thanks to our bullying President, life is still good here. If only he would understand what Europe’s been through the past century!

Many of our German friends were skeptical about how different the American social custom system would be and how quickly we would adapt to that, but from the moment we touched down in this great nation, we knew we would have an eye-opening adventure awaiting us. Here a few lifestyle habits that we’ve picked up since we exchanged Germany for our great American Dream.

Embrace team spirit

When we first arrived in America, we were feeling a typical German reluctance towards the all-around American team spirit and patriotism. But by the end of our first year here, we had already become swept away in our community’s sports team colors and engaging community activities. We were even proudly showing our family in photos of our community barbeque!

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American Eating Habits

American Eating Habits

I’ve been living in this great country now for several years and let me tell you here a few things you need to know about the American culture. Here are some of my experiences when it comes to American Eating Habits.

Life in this new country is fun and exciting but usually requires quite a lot of adjustments. Often you will find yourself wondering “What does a certain phrase mean?” or “Why do Americans do certain things?” Mostly, you’ll be wondering about American habits. Let’s take a look at some of the most common things that surprid]se us most when it comes to American culture and the things Americans do.

In America, everything is big, bigger, and great. They think big. Even their Ancestors were great and did great things. Just take a look at Mount Rushmore. Where residents of other countries often are thinking practically, compactly, or quickly, are Americans usually doing things rather large, big, and luxuriously.

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German Influence and American Culture

German Influence and American Culture

By the mid-18th century, quite a few German immigrants were occupying central places and positions in American life and society. In those days, German immigrants were accounting for around 35 percent the entire population of the colonies in the New World. Only the English outnumbered the Germans at that time and German was a common language in practically all colonial cities.

In the 19th century, German immigration increased drastically after several wars, both in America and Europe, had slowed down the arrival of German immigrants for a number of decades. This process started around the 1770s, but around the 1830’s, immigration from Germany had picked up considerably again.  As soon as these new settlers had set up their homes, they started writing to their families and friends in the Old World about opportunities the New World was offering.

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Germans First Arriving In America

Germans First Arriving In America

In the U.S. we can find some 50 million Americans of German descent. In fact, the Germans form the largest ancestry group in the United States. Their number is higher than that of English, Irish, Mexican, African, or Italian Americans and in total, German Americans make up some 17 percent of the entire American population. Not bad, is it, for a group of settlers that started with only 13 families from a German town named Krefeld, right?

German-American Day is celebrating the German-American heritage that started when in 1683, 13 families first set up home on American soil in Pennsylvania and the annual holiday is held on October 6. The first Germans that actually came to America arrived already in 1608 but it wasn’t until 1683 that the settlement of Germans in America really set off. In that year, a small group of German religious dissidents from Krefeld approached a lawyer for the German Society in Frankfurt named Francis Daniel Pastorius to help them to acquire land in the area that is now Pennsylvania. They planned to set up a settlement in that area and when they finally had made it to the American shores, that’s precisely what Pastorius did for the group.

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Germans in America – Language and Food

Germans in America – Language and Food

Many Germans learned English because they were thinking of moving to an English-speaking country, the USA for example. But how is it to make that jump across the pond? How hard or annoying is it, in reality, to suddenly have to speak English on a day-to-day basis?

Over the years, many German natives have moved to the US and many have faced serious challenges. There are cultural differences between Germany and America and one of the biggest hurdles is having to speak English as their main language.

There are Germans who moved to the US after a distance relationship with an American individual. They often had to travel back and forth for a while until they decided to get married. So they packed their stuff and moved to this great nation. That’s how sometimes life goes. Many Germans that have lived here for some time continue their academic education at an American college or through an online program.

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American Education Services – The American Education Week

American Education Services – The American Education Week

Every year, American public schools celebrate the American Education Week. This celebration of American Education Services – The American Education Week – usually takes time in the month of November. It’s a beautiful way of showing the appreciation for public schools and the educators who inspire communities. Nine out of 10 students in the United States attend public schools.

Public schools will be open to all students, regardless of the language they speak at home, their race or religion, how high or low their family income is, if they are straight, transgender, or gay, or if they any disabilities or not. American Education Week is represented on Twitter by a hashtag: #PublicSchoolsForAll. More about American Education Week 2017 later on in this post.

Let’s take a look at the American Education System.

18 years ago to the date, I was a 25-year-old stranger in a new country, in a new town, checking out a new bank, and grabbing a bite to eat in a (for us) new restaurant, Jordan’s Bar & Grill. Without my wife, my family, and a few great new friends, there is no way I ever would have survived this long.

There have been bad times and better times, there have been days where I have held back tears, felt defeated, bit my tongue, or even ran my mouth a little too much. There have been sleepless nights, seriously stressed out wallets, and weeks where I’ve felt like a zombie in autopilot…

But I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

What I really want to tell you, is that if you have a dream about changing your career, working for yourself, and doing something you love for a living… You can. We were (and are still) just kids. We put it all on the line, and now I couldn’t imagine my life any other way. I am so proud of us, of my wife, my kids, and how far we have come professionally and personally, now we help people get their GED through the BestGEDClasses online program! The GED is a way of getting a high school diploma and many famous people have a GED certificate.

If this post strikes a chord with you, even at all, I know you have it in you too. Start building alliances, start devising a plan, start moving forward today. We left Germany to build a new future here, and I’m glad we can look back and say ’18 years ago’ I will be right beside you cheering you on.

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U.S. Naturalization Test-100 Questions

U.S. Naturalization Test-100 Questions

US Naturalization Test / US Citizenship Test 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Immigrants who want to become U.S. citizens need to take and pass the American Naturalization Test. If they become American citizens, they have the right to vote and enhance the possibility that family members who live in other countries may come to and live in America. As American citizens, they qualify for federal jobs and they will be able to show their loyalty to the United States.

To become U.S. citizens, immigrants must pass the U.S. Naturalization Test which includes 100 questions about U.S. history and government. This civics test must be taken orally and is administered by a USCIS Officer who will ask the applicant to answer generally ten out of one hundred civics questions.

Of these ten questions of the naturalization test, applicants will have to answer at least 6 questions correctly. Applicants need to be aware that some answers are subject to change due to elections or political appointments. Studying for the naturalization tests requires applicants to ensure that they are aware of and learn current answers to the questions at hand.

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US Education System – What I Know

US Education System – What I Know

If you plan to study in the US you might want to know what is exactly the US Education System. What I know after quite a few years now is what this post is about. So here is your guide. Though it may be (too) brief to include all possibilities, this post will give you a general idea of your options. For more specifics, please contact the college or university of your choice. See also this video that explains more about the American education system (and probably better explains things than I can):

High School (Secondary Education) in the United States

  • Calculated from grade 9 to grade 12, usually students aged 14/15 years to 17/18 years.
  • After graduating from grade 12, students are awarded a high school diploma.
  • Students who have not received a high school diploma may take the General Education Development (GED) exam which is the certification of high school equivalency testing. This is actually a pretty good path to study in the US for the international students. There are now two alternative options, the HiSET and TASC exams. All three are state exams, and states decide on which option(s) they provide.

Post Secondary Education in the United States

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Green Card Lottery-What is it exactly?

Green Card Lottery-What is it exactly?

If you want to be living and working without any limitations in America, you will basically need to have a Green Card and to get a Green Card is not that easy. There is, fortunately, one exception: the Green Card Lottery, or the Diversity Visa Lottery. So this post is about the Green Card Lottery-What is it exactly?

With this annual lottery, practically everybody is qualified to win the highly desirable card. The Green Card Lottery comes only one time per year, and it is recommended to get optimally prepared. The American Dream is a great tool to help you avoid mistakes on the road to freedom.


WHO QUALIFIES TO PARTICIPATE?
Basically everyone, but there are exceptions for individuals that are born in countries that already have an extremely high emigration ratio into America. A person’s country of citizenship is irrelevant for this process. What matters is a person’s country of birth compared to a current world map.

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