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Can you get a job in Germany without German and what's it like as a new parent?

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Can you get a job in Germany without German and what's it like as a new parent?
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In our special episode this week, we answer questions from listeners on topics including: whether it's still unlucky in Germany to say happy birthday before the big day, whether it's possible to get a job without German skills and what it's like as a new parent in Germany.


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In this episode, host Rachel Loxton is joined by panelists Aaron Burnett and Imogen Goodman. Our sound engineer is Rhys Edwards.

Listeners asked us several questions, from cultural and political topics to citizenship law changes. 

Here are links to some of the stories we talk about:

Paying taxes:

German traditions:

Can you get a job in Germany without speaking German?

Germany with a far-right government:

Having a child in Germany:

Retiring in Germany:

German citizenship laws:



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