Francesco Wilking | Die Zukunft liegt im Schlaf
"I’m heading to my German class. Originally I am from Moscow but now I’m living in Berlin learning German. To me, German is the most wonderful langage in the world. But ever since I was a child I was so afraid to learn it. It is utterly hard. To be honest: Sometimes I’m crying over all the mistakes I do. Yes, German is a tough language but it is worth it. My favourite word is "Meerschweinchen" - isn’t that cute?"
"Ich laufe gerade zum Deutsch-Unterricht. Ich komme aus Moskau, lebe jetzt aber in Berlin und lerne Deutsch. Für mich ist Deutsch die schönste Sprache der Welt! Aber seit ich ein kleines Kind war, hatte ich große Angst davor, es zu lernen. Ehrlich gesagt: Manchmal weine ich wegen all der Fehler, die ich noch mache. Deutsch ist schon schwer aber das ist es wert. Mein Lieblingswort ist "Meerschweinchen" - ist das nicht süß?"
"Happy", Stuttgart edition #2
In case anyone wants to know one of my favorite kinds of bread:
URBROT from Barbarossa ftw!!!
Barbarossa is a bakery chain, but as far as I know they only have some places in Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland. Anyways, if you should ever come across one, try this!
"Happy", Dresden edition #2
OK, I will delete this bread post again. The “Mischbrot” isn’t an actual Mischbrot but looks like a Bauernbrot. And the bread they call “Bauernbrot” isn’t Bauernbrot. (I have no idea what it is supposed to be, I’m not an expert.)
Tarzan - Strangers Like Me (Phil Collins Multilanguage)
If you guys didn’t know, Phil Collins sings his disney songs in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian - which is pretty awesome. :)
His German pronunciation could use some improvement, but so much credit for the work he put into singing his songs in 5 languages!
Gun Control in Germany
It’s a broad topic, there are many restrictions and rules, so I’ll just stick to the basics:
- German gun control laws are known to be among the strictest in the world.
- Are you allowed to own a gun in Germany as a civilian? Yes. However, you have to own a “Waffenbesitzkarte” (gun ownership card) before you can buy a weapon. You can’t get this card for every gun. Only certain guns are legal.
- If you file an application for a gun ownership card, you have to be at least 18 years old and you have to justify your application (hunting/shooting sport/collecting weapons). You also have to prove your expertise and your personal qualification will be tested. Your criminal record needs to be clean.
- There are very specific rules for storing weapons. You have to keep the weapon seperated from the ammunition. Both have to be locked away.
- What about using them in public? You are basically only allowed to fire them in a shooting club/gun range or as a hunter. (There are also very specific rules dictating when/where hunting is permitted.) You aren’t allowed to carry them in public.
- There is a difference between a gun ownership card and a gun license. If you want to bear arms in public, you need to own both the card and the license. However, there are only very few people who don’t get refused when they apply for this license, e.g. judges, security guards, etc.
Of course these rules don’t fix the problem of illegal weapons, but they lead to a very critical point of view when it comes to guns.
In Germany, not being allowed to carry a gun as an ordinary person isn’t seen as a possible threat to your own safety but as something supporting your own safety. All those strict rules result in an attitude towards guns that is completely different from countries where people grow up seeing guns as something normal or as means of defense. I like how awesomefrench put it here.
A nice blog entry about German bureaucracy:
"So no matter what country you are in, it’s a fairly universal thing that governments are full of red tape.
Germany, never one to miss out on a good opportunity to enforce rules and regulations, takes this love of paperwork to the next level.”