Thursday, April 30, 2009
its a cool idea--people don't steal the carts, but damn, it's tough to always have a 1 euro coin. There is a black market for little plastic pieces that are the same size as a 1 euro coin, so luckily I have procured one of these (dont you dare ask me where I got it), so I don't have to worry about it anymore. But Jenna does. She ends up having to grab a handbasket if she doesnt have a coin with her.
Yes, German radio is as bad as US radio. There are some interesting German hits that we would never hear, but it is basically the same western pop music we would hear at the mall back home.
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Friday, April 17, 2009
German Movie Rating
The American PG is quite similar to the German FSK. In Germany, an Organization named 'Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle' passes each movie with an individual Rating, based on child protection laws.
- FSK 6: no children under 6 years are allowed to see the movie, not even with their parents.
- FSK 12: children older than 12 are allowed to see this movie. Children between 6 and 11 must be accompanied by an adult.
- FSK 16: no person under 16 is allowed to watch the movie.
- FSK 18: no person under 18 is allowed to watch the movie.
For FSK 16 & 18 you may be asked for a document to verify your age.
NOT EVEN WITH THEIR PARENTS! No way, I say to myself. There is no chance that they actually enforce this. But to make sure, I went to our trusty english speakers in Germany site, Toutown and I found this posting about it. It's a good read. Basically....they enforce this rule! So I can't take my own kid to a movie that is (I am sure, it's frickin Disney here) violent or nudity or whatever else these raters think is bad for kids. Wall-E and Ice Age had this same rating! And these are a couple of Mayzie's favorite movies. Insane.
So no movies for us until she is 6? Luckily she's a big girl...maybe when she is 4 we will try it. I would try it now if my Deutsch was better...don't feel like trying to argue with sign language and broken German skillz.
LAME. #1 rule in Germany? Have patience. With EVERYTHING.