board77

The Last Homely Site on the Web
It is currently Tue 21 Aug , 2018 1:08 am

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 524 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 23, 24, 25, 26, 27  Next

Would you emigrate?
Yes 50%  50%  [ 14 ]
No 36%  36%  [ 10 ]
Undecided 14%  14%  [ 4 ]
Total votes : 28
Author Message
PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb , 2012 12:53 am 
Islanded in a Stream of Stars
User avatar

Joined: Wed 27 Oct , 2004 6:24 pm
Posts: 8748
Location: UK
Hm, dunno. My mom speaks pretty decent German and she says she could only understand a tiny bit of Dutch. My partner can understand German mostly, but can't speak it very well to them... same for Germans coming here it seems.

_________________
Abandon this fleeting world
abandon yourself.
Then the moon and flowers
will guide you along the way.

-Ryokan

http://wanderingthroughmiddleearth.blogspot.com/


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb , 2012 7:49 am 
DomiKNITrix
User avatar

Joined: Tue 01 Mar , 2005 2:43 pm
Posts: 6556
Location: Aquae Sulis
If you know English, German and French, Dutch is easy. ;) You can make up works based on Dutch grammar and mostly they will be right.

Eru, I see nothing wrong with moving countries for the person you love. :D (How could I say otherwise?) Is it correct that getting the UK citizenship is a rather costly affair? I have been put off by lots of German expats talking about it being a waste of money. For Germans it probably is a waste since we already have EU membership anyway, so there is no advantage other than being able to vote in all elections. (As a German, I can only vote in local elections.)

I booked my German holiday, everyone has been informed, but I won't be able to visit my student town. :( I was looking forward to it, actually. Hard to imagine I will be over there for more than a week and NOT have time for it!

_________________
Abso-knitting-lutely! The knitting blog.
Knitting pattern shop


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb , 2012 5:45 pm 
Islanded in a Stream of Stars
User avatar

Joined: Wed 27 Oct , 2004 6:24 pm
Posts: 8748
Location: UK
What I'm finding the most difficult right now (I started taking courses on January 27) is the syntax. :/ It's gonna take so long to learn.

As for there being nothing wrong with moving countries for the person you love, well of course not. It's just that I've sorta done this twice. Well, it was Iavas who moved to the US where we spent 3 and 1/2 years and then we moved to the UK. I didn't at all intend to meet someone yet again from a different country, but that's how things worked out. I felt it was better to take another chance, especially as this time around I gave it a hell of a lot more thought, I was secure in myself and I've learned a lot about relationships. It was either turn down a chance at love and be miserable, alone in England or go after something I wanted. Sure it's not been that long, but it feels like the right choice. It already feels MUCH more stable than the other relationship, so I think that's a positive sign. :)

Pity you're not able to see all you wanted to see! :(

edit: oh and yeah getting citizenship is costly. For me as a non-EU person, I had to get a spousal visa which cost around £550 back in 2008, then after two years apply for permanent residency which I think cost around £700ish, then at the 3 year mark I was eligible for citizenship (3 years if you're married to a UK citizen, 5 years for everyone else) and that cost £960 I think. For me though, it was worth it to gain EU citizenship as well since that made moving to the Netherlands a cinch. Let's just hope Cameron and the Torries don't frak up EU stuffs for Brits and non-Brits alike. :bang:

_________________
Abandon this fleeting world
abandon yourself.
Then the moon and flowers
will guide you along the way.

-Ryokan

http://wanderingthroughmiddleearth.blogspot.com/


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb , 2012 6:07 pm 
DomiKNITrix
User avatar

Joined: Tue 01 Mar , 2005 2:43 pm
Posts: 6556
Location: Aquae Sulis
Eruname wrote:
Let's just hope Cameron and the Torries don't frak up EU stuffs for Brits and non-Brits alike. :bang:


Amen to that. :uhoh:

_________________
Abso-knitting-lutely! The knitting blog.
Knitting pattern shop


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb , 2012 6:46 pm 
Aspiring to heresy
User avatar

Joined: Wed 23 Feb , 2005 6:54 pm
Posts: 17229
Location: Canada
I never got citizenship, but I did get permanent resident status. Shortly before moving back to Canada :D

I can't remember how much it cost, but it was a lot less than what you describe.

_________________
Image

Melkor and Ungoliant in need of some relationship counselling.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb , 2012 8:10 pm 
DomiKNITrix
User avatar

Joined: Tue 01 Mar , 2005 2:43 pm
Posts: 6556
Location: Aquae Sulis
Some Germans who recently got citizenship mentioned it cost them at least £1500 in total. :Q If it were free, I'd take it.

The latest Radio Times had some of the citizenship test questions and I managed to just scrape by - and did better than Mark. ;)

_________________
Abso-knitting-lutely! The knitting blog.
Knitting pattern shop


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb , 2012 10:09 pm 
Islanded in a Stream of Stars
User avatar

Joined: Wed 27 Oct , 2004 6:24 pm
Posts: 8748
Location: UK
Pretty sure you lose that permanent residency once you're away from the UK for long enough. :/

Sil, if a couple applies together, they get a discount. Maybe that's the £1500 you're hearing about? And yeah, the vast majority of Brits fail that test. It's a really stupid test I think. I've seen American mock citizenship tests and to me the questions are more valid. I mean, who needs to know what percentage of the population is x religion. It was a bunch of silly statistics I had to memorise.

_________________
Abandon this fleeting world
abandon yourself.
Then the moon and flowers
will guide you along the way.

-Ryokan

http://wanderingthroughmiddleearth.blogspot.com/


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri 24 Feb , 2012 6:58 pm 
DomiKNITrix
User avatar

Joined: Tue 01 Mar , 2005 2:43 pm
Posts: 6556
Location: Aquae Sulis
Come to think of it, it might have been £2500 instead of £1500. :scratch: I don't remember. Either way, it's way too much for me just being able to vote so I will leave it, at least in the near future.

Something that surprised me about the citizenship test was that the book you use to study it is the important thing - even though it does contain some incorrect answers. So even if you happen to know the real answer, you won't get points for it unless you give the answer from the book. :suspicious:

_________________
Abso-knitting-lutely! The knitting blog.
Knitting pattern shop


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri 24 Feb , 2012 7:36 pm 
Islanded in a Stream of Stars
User avatar

Joined: Wed 27 Oct , 2004 6:24 pm
Posts: 8748
Location: UK
Doesn't surprise me! :P

_________________
Abandon this fleeting world
abandon yourself.
Then the moon and flowers
will guide you along the way.

-Ryokan

http://wanderingthroughmiddleearth.blogspot.com/


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri 24 Feb , 2012 11:07 pm 
Filthy darwinian hobbit
User avatar

Joined: Fri 11 Mar , 2005 12:52 pm
Posts: 6910
Location: Silly Suffolk
:roll:

_________________
Image
[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos

Norwich Beer Festival 2009


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri 02 Mar , 2012 7:42 pm 
DomiKNITrix
User avatar

Joined: Tue 01 Mar , 2005 2:43 pm
Posts: 6556
Location: Aquae Sulis
Right, I managed to change my holiday itinerary a bit so that it is much better now: more time with family, more time with Canamarth, less hassle and fewer hotel stays in places we don't want to be in. Phew! It bothered me all night till I got it sorted. Not long to go now!

_________________
Abso-knitting-lutely! The knitting blog.
Knitting pattern shop


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri 02 Mar , 2012 7:44 pm 
The Grey Amaretto as Supermega-awesome Proud Heretic Girl
User avatar

Joined: Thu 24 Feb , 2005 3:46 pm
Posts: 19847
Yay! That's good news! I'm glad you got it all sorted.

_________________
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri 02 Mar , 2012 7:49 pm 
Aspiring to heresy
User avatar

Joined: Wed 23 Feb , 2005 6:54 pm
Posts: 17229
Location: Canada
Any chance of coming up to Edinburgh on the weekend of 17 - 18 March?

_________________
Image

Melkor and Ungoliant in need of some relationship counselling.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri 02 Mar , 2012 8:11 pm 
DomiKNITrix
User avatar

Joined: Tue 01 Mar , 2005 2:43 pm
Posts: 6556
Location: Aquae Sulis
I would love to go to Edinburgh again, but I fear that is too far to travel at the moment. :( It would have been about the same time we were there last, am I right?

_________________
Abso-knitting-lutely! The knitting blog.
Knitting pattern shop


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue 10 Apr , 2012 12:28 pm 
DomiKNITrix
User avatar

Joined: Tue 01 Mar , 2005 2:43 pm
Posts: 6556
Location: Aquae Sulis
Right, I will be away till the 19th, leaving tomorrow morning. I probably won't be online during that time so I will see you all when I get back. :D

_________________
Abso-knitting-lutely! The knitting blog.
Knitting pattern shop


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue 10 Apr , 2012 2:04 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Thu 03 Feb , 2005 2:39 pm
Posts: 7812
Location: MO
Have fun!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue 10 Apr , 2012 2:36 pm 
The Grey Amaretto as Supermega-awesome Proud Heretic Girl
User avatar

Joined: Thu 24 Feb , 2005 3:46 pm
Posts: 19847
Have a great time! Bon voyage! (I'd say it in German, but I don't know how.)

_________________
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue 10 Apr , 2012 2:50 pm 
Aspiring to heresy
User avatar

Joined: Wed 23 Feb , 2005 6:54 pm
Posts: 17229
Location: Canada
LalaithUrwen wrote:
Have a great time! Bon voyage! (I'd say it in German, but I don't know how.)


*makes fahrt joke* :whistle:

_________________
Image

Melkor and Ungoliant in need of some relationship counselling.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue 10 Apr , 2012 3:36 pm 
DomiKNITrix
User avatar

Joined: Tue 01 Mar , 2005 2:43 pm
Posts: 6556
Location: Aquae Sulis
Bon voyage will do, Lali, as we are flying with a French airline. :lol:

Jude, I heard that! :P

Right, back to packing and cleaning.

_________________
Abso-knitting-lutely! The knitting blog.
Knitting pattern shop


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed 18 Apr , 2012 10:09 am 
Aspiring to heresy
User avatar

Joined: Wed 23 Feb , 2005 6:54 pm
Posts: 17229
Location: Canada
For Silwen, when you get back - I found the following on Failbook and thought you might like it: :D

Image

_________________
Image

Melkor and Ungoliant in need of some relationship counselling.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 524 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 23, 24, 25, 26, 27  Next

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group