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Good-Bye Deutschland

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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How To Tease A German Guy

How To Tease A German Guy

It’s rather easy to annoy a German if you really want to. Of course, I assume that all my readers are peaceful people who only want to live in harmony with their fellow men. But everybody knows this situation: You’re talking to somebody and after a while, you notice that your conversational partner is a dork who gives you a really hard time.

At this point, you decide to pay him back and annoy him a little bit. If he’s German, the odds are rather high that you succeed. There’s this guy, Rene (34), who is from Jena, Germany. He came to America some 9 years ago. You would know he’s a computer guy, but then again, you’ll find out soon enough.

He makes a living with software development but and software testing. In English! He’s the guy that’s trying software before your car has it or before you can even buy it at Best Buy. He makes sure it works before you can use it. Some years ago, he started to work for this testing company. This is what I learned from him. Here are my (so actually his) eight ultimate ways to tease a German:

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American Education Week

American Education Week

Every year, American public schools celebrate American Education Week. This celebration of American Education Services – The American Education Week – usually takes time in the month of November but we’re already looking forward to this unique event. 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 the hashtag: #PublicSchoolsForAll.

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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A German’s Idea of Germany and Germans 

A German’s Idea of Germany and Germans 

Take a look at what I came across the other day. It’s about what a German would say to anyone having the idea of wanting to emigrate to Germany:

Do you think the German’s have particular character traits? If so what do you think they are?

Germans are engineers. That’s what we are known for. Great inventions, efficiency, order, and cleanness. Most of them still exist, but we are losing our capabilities slowly.

The education system is not very efficient and there are no or only a few incentives to be creative and innovative. Of course, we are still producing a lot of patents, but when I see the young Germans of today…

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They know you’re German when…

They know you’re German when…

Are you, for example, working abroad with a multinational corporation? Well, chances are that you’re the coworker everybody dislikes. You are the bloody German that’s finished all of the tasks in no time at all and leaves your boss in a desperate state while trying to find new work for you. The following video explains also a lot:

Seriously, you’ve really tried to work less efficiently, more slowly, and deliver less-quality work…but you’ve got that typical German efficiency; it’s something you just can’t help; it’s in the genes you were born with. But there’s more to be a typical German. Let’s take a look at some “typical” German traits.

You know you’re German when…

  • Your CV is not just a summary of your work experience, but rather a book depicting everything about your personal life, details about your children, your political interests, the names and professions of your parents and everything else you ever did in your entire life.
  • Tzping on non-German kezboards is verz difficult.

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Happy New Year, Charlotte, and Schnitzels

Happy New Year, Charlotte, and Schnitzels

New Year’s Eve is an exciting time for my family and to tell you the truth, here in America, the excitement has only grown since we’ve lived here, year after year. In fact, this year marked our twentieth year here! As a family, it seems like moving to this great new country has made our family ties stronger.

This year, we generally have gotten through the post-Christmas rush and are looking forward to the upcoming year. After eating a light brunch we all sit lazily around and tell stories until mid to late evening, and then pack up for a festive night in the city of Charlotte. We’ve done this now for quite some years and I must admit, it couldn’t be better. Just take a look at the Charlotte Forework Display two years ago:

I will always set my home security alarm, pack the kids and a few relatives up in the van, and off we go. We usually will park somewhere close to the Panther Stadium and walk up to Tryon Street, where thousands of people gather annually on New Year’s Eve to bring in the New Year.

We usually will have a nice, relaxing meal at our favorite local “Schnitzel Haus”, have a beer (or two) and then hit the street to countdown the final seconds to the new year. It’s usually quite cool so most of us bundle up, but we always have a blast watching the roadside performers and meeting up with loads of old friends, and sometimes making new ones along the way.

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Typical American Food

Typical American Food

We’ve lived here now for quite some years and with the holidays coming up, let’s see what we have picked up from the Americans when it comes to their “GUTE KÜCHE”. Here I have compiled a few typical American Food Stuffs: Roast Turkey, Pork Loin Roast, and Cherry Cake. You will find a complete list of ingredients and our preferred way of preparing the dishes (let me be honest, I did “borrow” some of the instructions).

Typical American Food – Roast Turkey

Prep time: 40 mins, Cook time: 3 hours, Total time: 3 hours 40 mins, Serves: 10

 

Ingredients
• Turkey 6-20 pounds
• Herbed Stuffing
• 4 quarts ½ inch bread cubes
• 1 cup parsley
• 2 tsp salt
• 2 tsp thyme
• 2 tsp rosemary crushed
• 2 tsp marjoram
• 1 tsp ground sage
• 1 cup margarine
• 1 cup coarsely chopped onion
• 1 cup coarsely chopped celery
• 1-2 cups chicken broth

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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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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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