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Help my wife prove her identity to the German Consulate

My wife, a card-carrying permanent resident alien living in the U.S., allowed her German passport to expire and is seeking a renewal through the German Consulate in New York City. She has her documentation mostly in order, including German birth certificate, but needs to show proof of a name change that took place during an adoption in Iowa when she was four years old. Difficulty: Iowa adoption records are sealed. Looking for advice on how to best request a copy of the documentation, or provide a suitable alternative. Comprehensive details inside. [more inside]
posted by Joey Bagels on Jul 23, 2012 - 5 answers

What are these dear naked German gentleman doing?

Can any German history lovers tell we what these sweet old naked fat men are doing in this old postcard? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Jul 19, 2012 - 16 answers

American studying German and Arabic in Berlin

What would it be like for an American to live in a neighborhood of Berlin like Neukölin and attempt to study Arabic and German at the same time? [more inside]
posted by Corduroy on Jul 15, 2012 - 10 answers

What was the poem within this sonata?

Ridiculously specific classical music question: What is the poem/program note that is supposed to be read before the final movement in Hindemith's 'Sonata for Alto Horn in E flat' (1943)? In the original German and the English translation, if possible. [more inside]
posted by Peter Petridish on Jul 13, 2012 - 3 answers

Need to know the name of the wife of Austrian sculptor Johannes Benk.

AustrianArtHistory/NovelResearch–Filter: I need to know the name of the wife of Austrian sculptor Johannes Benk (1844–1914). [more inside]
posted by scody on Jul 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Vilkommen, Bienvenue, in German?

Is there a German translation of Kander & Ebb's CABARET? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Jun 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me help this dog part 2!

How can I help my foster German Shepherd Dog chill out, have fun, move past an abusive past, and find a forever home? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Jun 14, 2012 - 33 answers

Help me help this dog!

I found a dog recently with some friends. He ended up in the shelter because he has a chip, but the numbers associated with his chip are disconnected and he is now up for adoption. The problem? He's a 7-year-old male German Shepherd. [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Jun 6, 2012 - 40 answers

Was läuft am Fernsehen?

I'm moving to Berlin next month. What should I watch on German tv? I'm looking for something, preferably weekly primetime, with a storyline that will pull me in, and language that's hopefully not too obscuredly regional or slangy or jargony. I could be happy with any genre. I'm looking to improve my German. Currently my German is clunky but functional. I will also of course be out and about, taking courses, finding my way around, speaking with people. Also, just, what's good on tv in Germany?
posted by dmvs on Jun 2, 2012 - 9 answers

How long until you are fluent in a language?

If you have the chance to study full-time in a non-native situation, how long does it take to become fluent in a language? [more inside]
posted by Megami on May 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Can you name something German?

There's a German, or Austrian comedian that goes around the US in public places dense with pedestrians and asks questions (mock interview style) about Germany, while playing up a euro-german sort of archetype. I have searched to no avail, if anyone could link or send a name it would very appreciated. And, it is so funny if I don't see it I will die. Thanks!
posted by four panels on Apr 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Can you recommend passages to memorize?

Can you recommend passages I can memorize in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Mar 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Pagoda-head??

18-c. German filter. Pagodenkopf anyone? [more inside]
posted by Namlit on Feb 15, 2012 - 4 answers

I want to communicate with everyone!

Best (and preferably cheapest!) way to learn a foreign language? [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Feb 14, 2012 - 32 answers

Öffentliches durchsuchbares Wörterbuch, bitte.

Where can I find a German dictionary which I can use to run simple linguistic experiments? [more inside]
posted by StoneSpace on Jan 31, 2012 - 6 answers

What does "Jg." stand for?

I am translating a German bibliography entry to English. The entry has "21. Jg." after the periodical title. What does "Jg." mean?
posted by likeapen on Jan 30, 2012 - 3 answers

A Sort of Wagnerian Falling Into

What is the German word for the concept of giving yourself away to something? [more inside]
posted by dephlogisticated on Jan 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Name this pastry!

What is the proper name and original recipe for this traditional family pastry? [more inside]
posted by Peter Petridish on Jan 15, 2012 - 7 answers

German courses in Germany for children?

I'm hoping to visit German or Austria in the summer of 2011 and would like my two children, aged five and eight, to enrol in a language course while we're there. The Internet isn't turning up much, at least on English language searches. Any ideas/recommendations for schools/locations would be gratefully received.
posted by Holly on Jan 4, 2012 - 3 answers

How Do I Cram for a German Placement Test?

How do I shake off the rust and review four years of German language and grammar in a short time period? [more inside]
posted by Atarah on Dec 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Show me your stollen

I need a good recipe for Stollen. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Dec 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Who is / was "D. Goldschmidt"?

My wife has inherited a portrait in oil of Leo Baeck which is dated and signed, "1952 D. Goldschmidt". Who is / was D. Goldschmidt? [more inside]
posted by Dan Brilliant on Dec 13, 2011 - 3 answers

German Hair Work

What is this German hairstyle? As seen recently in Berlin on a hip young man and not-hip young child, it seemed shorter on the top than on the sides but not a mullet (my memory is a little hazy), like it must have been a traditional quick n' easy home haircut possibly done with clippers but not something I've ever seen in the states. Bonus: how do you achieve this hairstyle?
posted by ennui.bz on Dec 7, 2011 - 7 answers

I need well-designed spaced repitition to repeat German things to me.

Is there a website or computer program that uses spaced repetition to help users build language vocabulary, and (perhaps more importantly) is completely free? I used to use smart.fm to help me learn German, but stopped when it became non-free. Now my knowledge of German words is almost as stingy as I am. [more inside]
posted by matlock expressway on Dec 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Nostalgic German gifts

Looking for a present that will remind a grandmother of her German heritage. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Nov 28, 2011 - 16 answers

How can I best use ebooks (and ebook readers) to learn German and Spanish?

How can I best use ebooks (and ebook readers) to learn German and Spanish? I live in Canada. [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Oct 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Why do people in German-dubbed Hollywood movies use the second-person plural so strangely?

Why do people in German dubs of American movies use the second-person plural form of the verb so strangely? They often use it in place of either the polite form or just the second-person singular, z.b. in the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Commodore says to Will Turner (just Will Turner), "Ihr seid kein Seemann." What? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Oct 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Looking for a German movie from the 90's.

I'm looking for a German movie, over ten years old, where the main character is a woman obsessed with preparing for her own death. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Oct 3, 2011 - 3 answers

German visa questions and a question about Goethe Institut stipends

I want to take some intensive language classes in Germany for 6-7 months. I'm not affiliated with a university, and I have a bunch of question about visas and one short question about stipends from the Goethe Institut. [more inside]
posted by colfax on Sep 20, 2011 - 3 answers

How would a German describe Hitler's voice?

Question for German speakers: how would you describe Hitler's voice? [more inside]
posted by filibuster on Sep 15, 2011 - 14 answers

Ich würde gerne besser Deutsch sprechen.

Best free/low-cost podcasts and audiobooks for becoming fluent in German? [more inside]
posted by guessthis on Aug 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Verblödung

What does Verblödung mean in English? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Aug 28, 2011 - 5 answers

I'm looking for good intermediate-level German novels. In German, that is.

I'm looking for good intermediate-level German novels. In German, that is. [more inside]
posted by colfax on Jul 21, 2011 - 16 answers

Comic strip suggestion for an english language learner?

My german friend loves reading Calvin and Hobbes (in english). What would be a good comic strip to get her into? What strips are still funny to ESL readers? [more inside]
posted by munichmaiden on Jul 19, 2011 - 19 answers

Dirty-talkin' classical music

Musicfilter: classical music piece with scripted German sex talk. [more inside]
posted by Lola Xaviera Boom-Boom McPuppet on Jun 21, 2011 - 2 answers

American with German heritage seeks passport

Has any American here successfully applied for a German passport or work visa using their German heritage? [more inside]
posted by princelyfox on Jun 15, 2011 - 13 answers

Academic Articles or Books in German

Is there a listing of academic books or articles in German that have not yet been translated into English? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Jun 13, 2011 - 8 answers

What is so freaking funny about falling out of a pear tree?

I think one of my favorite movies has a double entendre in it. I don't speak German and the subtitles don't shed any light on the subject. [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on May 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Decipher handwritten German letter?

Germanfilter: Can someone help me translate this German handwritten letter? [more inside]
posted by sweetmarie on May 23, 2011 - 3 answers

Contracts with Death, German style?

Help me find this relatively recent German film about an old man who tricks his way out of a contract with Death. [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on May 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Immerse me!

I work from 9 to 5, but I want to immerse myself in German for the rest of the time. I have an iPod touch and a short attention span. What can I use to ram this language into my brain? [more inside]
posted by Acheman on May 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Ich will ausrocken!

What's some great German music I can dance, sing, and rock out to? [more inside]
posted by ElectricBlue on Apr 23, 2011 - 18 answers

Kids books auf Deutsch

Recommendations for children's and young adult books auf Deutsch? [more inside]
posted by princelyfox on Apr 6, 2011 - 14 answers

What is this German book?

German Book Filter. What book did I read? Involves yellow shoes... [more inside]
posted by quaisi on Apr 1, 2011 - 2 answers

What does "FER-MAY-GHEN" mean?

German speakers, please tell me what this word means (and how it's actually spelled). [more inside]
posted by Srudolph on Feb 19, 2011 - 29 answers

Inhalt vs. Gehalt

Germanfilter: could a fluent German speaker please help me, a non-German speaker, understand the difference between the word inhalt and the word gehalt? Both are translated as "content" in online dictionaries. Is there an easy way to grasp the distinction?
posted by Morpeth on Feb 16, 2011 - 11 answers

German potty humor

Sauber? Sauber! Help me find this German toilet ad. It's been cracking me up for twenty years. [more inside]
posted by dmvs on Feb 2, 2011 - 3 answers

FUTURE DISKO

Hey, Music nerds! I'm looking for tracks with the same kind of vibe as Justus Köhncke's "Timecode" or Alden Tyrell's "Love Explosion". [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Jan 24, 2011 - 10 answers

Translation party!

I need help translating an email from German to English. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Dec 19, 2010 - 4 answers

German Music

I listen to this. What music with intelligible German lyrics might I like?
posted by phrontist on Dec 18, 2010 - 8 answers

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