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Firlefanz
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16 Jun 2022, 4:34 am

Hi everyone!

I just found this forum which makes me happy. I'm hoping I have found the right planet here.

Here's a bit about me: I'm a German woman between 50-60 years of age. I only recently found out that I'm on the spectrum. This is not obvious to people around me, I mask very well. I have a job in civil service, I write and self-publish books and I love nature and animals.

My passions include the English language (I speak it at a bilingual level), a computer game called Titan Quest, horses and being in nature.

I'm looking for new friends with similar interests and am hoping for interesting conversations and lots of fun.

My username is a funny German word, and you may call me Firle.


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kitesandtrainsandcats
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16 Jun 2022, 7:22 am

Hey there, welcome to the forum!

The only German I know comes from model kit instructions, such as 'nicht kleben' for 'do not glue'.
Think that spelling is correct, I'm not going to go dig out an instruction sheet right now to check.
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16 Jun 2022, 7:42 am

Welcome, Firle.

Have you ever read an Old English text, like the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles? I'd be interested in how much you understand it. I find Old English to be very much like German.



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16 Jun 2022, 8:34 am

Hi kitesandtrainsandcats, thank you for your welcome. The spelling is correct. :D

Hi kraftiekortie, thank you. In university, I have read some Old English (Beowulf, if I remember correctly) and some Middle English (Canterbury Tales). It is similar to German but not close. Middle English is easier to understand.

I remember practicing reading the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales in my English class during my exchange year, and found that very easy - close to German pronunciation. (Whan that Aprille with its shoures soote - defininitely not the correct spelling because I'm doing that from memory.)


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16 Jun 2022, 8:53 am

Moin Firlefanz,

Freut mich, dass noch jemand anderes aus der norddeutschen Tiefebene den Weg in dieses Forum gefunden hat. :wink:


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16 Jun 2022, 8:56 am

The only thing you got wrong, Firle, was you using "its" for "his." Everything else is 100% correct.



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16 Jun 2022, 9:28 am

Welcome! :)



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16 Jun 2022, 9:31 am

Welcome to WP! I see you are already mingling with the locals.


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Firlefanz
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16 Jun 2022, 10:16 am

Madrugada: Moin! Heimathafen Kiel. Liebe Grüße nach Berlin!

Kraftiekortie: Wow. That's a neat surprise. Thank you!

temp1234: Thank you! :)

Double Retired: Thanks! I have much experience with forums - found many good friends on them. Hope to find more here.


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16 Jun 2022, 10:56 am

One thing I've found out:

Northern Germany is milder and less snowy in winter than Southern Germany. I guess it's because of the low altitude of Northern Germany, and the relatively high altitude of Southern Germany.

I know Germans don't call their country Germany. Do you always call it Deutschland?

I am also a Civil Servant.



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16 Jun 2022, 12:48 pm

The north of Germany is closer to two seas - the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. (I live on the shore of the Baltic.) That keeps the climate milder in winter. Yes, the south of Germany is at a higher altitude, but I believe that has less of an effect, until you reach the Alpine Mountains.

I have seen two or three very cold winters here where I live where the fjord actually froze. That happens when the climate swings to the continental version of winter, but most winters are basically rainy with little frost. (I miss snowy winters, but they no longer happen even where I grew up.)

Yes, we usually call our country Deutschland. :)


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16 Jun 2022, 1:54 pm

Hi there Firle :)
*waves back*
Welcome you too.



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16 Jun 2022, 2:01 pm

Hello. I tried to ride a horse but I was told off for holding his ears and trying to squeeze them to get the horse to slow down. I am too used to bicycles! I thought it was wize to get off the horse and so did the horses owner... And actually the horse seemed to think so too!



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16 Jun 2022, 5:08 pm

Welcome to Wrong Planet! :)


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17 Jun 2022, 1:19 am

Mountain Goat wrote:
Hello. I tried to ride a horse but I was told off for holding his ears and trying to squeeze them to get the horse to slow down. I am too used to bicycles! I thought it was wize to get off the horse and so did the horses owner... And actually the horse seemed to think so too!


Hahahahaha! That was funny. :D


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17 Jun 2022, 5:32 am

Welcome to Wrong Planet Firle. I like your name. :D I spend a lot of time in nature, particularly interested in plants and birds. I’m glad you found us.


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