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  • 3 years ago
    Comment xelim

    "Be yourself."

    Generally bad advice. Instead you should always "act interested, listen carefully, and fake approval". In the end no one wants to know what you really think. They only want to know what you can do for them.

  • 3 years ago
    Comment xelim

    Most popular foreign language in Turkey is English, followed by French.

    But a lot of people have friends and relatives who live in Germany, so their word for us is widely known in Turkey.

  • 3 years ago
    Comment xelim

    Context: European IB Private High School in Istanbul, where I grew up.

    In high school I had this maths teacher, he was Austrian, and the maths class was in German. He gave really good tips about how to approach the problems, how not to rush the calculation steps to avoid simple mistakes. He had an excellent sense of humor. We always had a good time in his classes.

    Then one day I see him walking on a busy street, I say hello, he turns around and answers: "Ich red' mit Kanaken nur wenn Ich dafuer bezahlt bin, geh weg!"

    This translates to "I only talk to Kanaken if I'm paid for it, go away"

    Kanake (Kanaken in plural) is the word Germans and Austrian use for Turkish people who live in Germany. It is about as friendly as "nigger".

    This was my first encounter with real open racism.

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  • 3 years ago
    Comment xelim

    Hmm don't you keep the time travel machine if you travel back in time with it? Wouldn't both of them have the machine when she pressed the button?

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  • 3 years ago
    Comment xelim

    English itself is considered a germanic language so it actually is easy for english speakers to become proficient in german and vice versa. However mastering is another story. In this case the similarity of the languages causes you to make a lot of wrong assumptions.

    I speak both English and German as a foreign language, so I can observe both sides of the struggle from a neutral point of view.

  • 3 years ago
    Comment xelim

    The greeks are saying: Voting "YES" is a definite downfall, everyone can see that, and mostly Greece will suffer, while the creditors who sacrificed Greece to protect EURO are just fine.

    Voting "NO" is also certainly bad, but at least there is a glimmer of hope that comes from the uncertainty it brings.

    They basicly chose the lesser of two evils from themselves.

    I personally don't know how I feel about it. On one hand I feel vindicated because Greece "sticks it to the man". On the other hand, this will have global consequences and my wallet will surly feel it.

  • 3 years ago
    Comment xelim

    At the amount of money we talk about here no one takes someones word for it. They might say to the press "we didn't know Greece falsified the data", but i have serious doubts that organizations like ECB or EU have no way to verify Greece's economical situation before accepting to Eurozone. I believe the responsible parties knew perfectly well that Greece's economy would crumble under Euro, but they did it anyway. I don't believe their intent was malicious, but more like, "yeah we'll figure it out down the line".

    One of the theories I read about was very intresting. Normally when developing countries default on sovereign debt, austerity measures are imposed on them BUT a devaluation of their currency boosts their foreign trade, so they have a chance to recover in time. In 2010 they bailed Greece out and introduced the austerity measures but couldn't devalue EURO, for obvious reasons. So the austerity measures caused for the GDP to shrink, but there was no incentive for the foreign trade to balance it out. Most people who were against the bail out back then were hushed. This bail-out gave time to big investors to leave Greece without losses. If Greece was allowed to default back then only private banks would be affected, EURO might have lost some value, but overall it wouldn't be as bad as now.

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  • 3 years ago
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    Apparently there is a way to bypass Snapzu invites...

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  • 3 years ago
    Comment xelim

    I love the avatars :) Easy to use, looks great. Seriously, much more serious contender to reddit than voat.co