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How important is knowing German in Germany?

It is correct that you can get by just fine with English, but if you are looking to build relationships with people, you need to work on conversing in their native language. With English, you will be ...
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How important is knowing German in Germany?

As a foreigner having lived in Germany for about 20 years, I would imagine it to be very difficult to cope in everyday life without knowing the German language. For a short visit as a tourist, you can ...
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How important is knowing German in Germany?

I depends where you go. Even my half-remembered high-school German was very useful, possibly even essential when visiting a small town in the former East on business. The engineers spoke fluent ...
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How important is knowing German in Germany?

Slightly different angle than the accepted answer: For a shot or medium visit: don't bother. German is actually a pretty difficult language to learn. This only makes sense if you think you can get to ...
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Ambiguous question in visa application: Have you lived for at least two years in the country where you are applying visa?

From the context I believe they are talking about the country from which you are making the application. My assumption is that if you were, say, a Columbian citizen who has been living in France for ...
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How can I tell whether a Chinese person is putting their family name or given name first?

The most common type of Chinese name uses one character or syllable for the family name and two characters or syllables for the given name. E.g. MAO Zedong, ZHOU Enlai and XI Jinping. If this applied ...
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How important is knowing German in Germany?

Most of these answers focus on talking to people. But there's more to living in a foreign country than that! In my experience, in the part of Germany near Basel, CH: Many official web sites are ...
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Ulpan class for non-Jews?

I know people who have attended the Ulpan Hebrew workshop and are not Jewish - but they immigrated to Israel as spouses (not necessarily married) to citizens. Specifically, you might be eligible as an ...
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Is French language compulsory for Quebec Skilled Visa?

In order to be qualified for QSW you need French language proficiency. Although It is not compulsory, you wouldn’t be able to obtain required scores for QSW without having a French language ...
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Is it possible to take the driving license test in English in Belgium?

Like most European countries, obtaining a driving license in Belgium consists of a theoretical and a practical part. You'll probably need (quite) some lessons for both parts before taking the ...
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Activities in Vancouver for my visiting sister

Summer day or resident camps. Museums, schools, others may have specialty camps. If it was earlier in the year, she might have been able to get a place as a counselor-in-training, although her ...
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To what CEFR does SFI correspond?

According to The Swedish Teacher, SFI course A corresponds to CEFR level A1, SFI course B corresponds to CEFR level A1/A2, SFI course C corresponds to CEFR level A2/A2 +, SFI course D corresponds to ...
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How important is knowing German in Germany?

One can get the idea by the fact that you hardly can get a job in Germany if you declare that you don't know English- it is almost impossible from online applications for the jobs while German ...
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How can I tell whether a Chinese person is putting their family name or given name first?

I always write my family name first, but in capital letters. This way it should be pretty clear to people that is my surname. Otherwise there's simply no reliable way to tell. One-character names are ...
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Is English used for administration in Georgia?

Englush isn't an official language of course, but you can definitely use it when communicating with the Public Service Hall, which is where you obtain and extend residence permits. There will always ...
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How is Korean language proficiency evaluated for the F-2 (resident) visa?

As of the time of this answer (05/01/2020), the language points are computed using the maximum between the TOPIK level the KIIP language level Source: phone call to the Immigration helpline 1345.
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German language knowledge

Would you like to move to Germany to your spouse? [...] In these cases, you must demonstrate before you enter the country that you possess a simple knowledge of German1.[...] Are there exceptions? Yes....
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Do Japanese primary schools have JSL for kids?

As a rule, no, they do not, although there are a few select exceptions, mostly in foreigner-heavy areas. Beware that even if your children learn Japanese, you as parents will have an even tougher time,...
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Foreign child in a German Kita (Kindertagesstätte / kindergarten)

I'm back to report on how things turned out for our children. We moved from the UK to Berlin at the end of June 2021 and our children started going to the (same) Kita in September 2021 without any ...
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Foreign child in a German Kita (Kindertagesstätte / kindergarten)

Welcome to Germany and a society which does everything by the book. I see no implicit reference to what Berlin will require of you and your child in your question. Preschool childcare leading to ...
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UK tier 4 visa: Language test

Yes, but the same page has this statement: If you’re studying with a Higher Education Provider If you’re studying at degree level or above, your Higher Education Provider (HEP) can assess your level ...
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Horse riding books in German

Following the advices in the comments I started a new research and finally found something interesting: the Deutsche Reiterliche Vereinigung (official german horse riding society) website link. There ...
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Ambiguous question in visa application: Have you lived for at least two years in the country where you are applying visa?

I didn't see the question anywhere in the application form, but it was there when I finished filling it in, already answered... with a yes.... So I'm assuming they meant from the country where you are ...
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Is English used for administration in Georgia?

As a Georgian, I can tell you that English is definitely taking over whereas Russian is becoming less and less popular. While overall average proficiency may not be that high, finding a person with a ...
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How important is knowing German in Germany?

Compare where you want to live or travel. If you want to be in a bigger city like Berlin then it is not important to speak German because almost everyone is kind of international there and in almost ...
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Can a english(non-chinese) speaker survive living in Beijing?

Yes, no problem at all. At least, it will be of similar difficulty to moving to any city where you don't speak the local language - be it Berlin, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Paris, or Beijing. Many ...
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