Natalia

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  1. 2 hours ago, Jannerman said:

    One question for the Brexit experts. I'm British (British passport) and I've been in Germany for 14 years or so. My wife is now applying for a German passport and I'm wondering if this will save my neck if things turn sour here for British expats. 

    I'm not an expert, but if I were you after 14 years here I would simply apply for the citizenship myself. If you apply now you can keep both passports. I am actually planning to apply myself as well, as I heard recently that EU citizens do not have to give up their multiple citizenships when applying for the German one.

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  2. Bad Bayersoien in the Ammergau

    Sunday 1 March, 8.15 a.m., Radius Tours

     

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    8. Eep + 1 (ski hire)

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    10. Foley (no train ticket required)

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  3. Ruhpolding Brand: sign-up list

     

    Meeting point: 8.35am, Sunday 15 February, on Platform 11 of Munich Hauptbahnhof.

     

    Please see post #1 for information on what to wear and what to bring.

     

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  4. I will need ski hire.

     

    Leutasch Valley: sign-up list

     

    Meeting point: 8.10am, Sunday 25 January, Hauptbahnhof outside Radius Tours by platforms 27-36, map: http://g.co/maps/8mhps

     

    Please see post #1 for information on what to wear and what to bring.

     

    1. nomis

    2. CQ

    3. NewChris

    4. EB

    5. Newinmunichberlin

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  5. Unfotunately I have to cancel too. Apparently I caught a virus. Have fun tomorrow.

     

    Zugspitz Arena (Weissensee)

    Sunday 4 January

     

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    So... What is your experience with Germans and learning the language?

    Did it happen this to you too, when you moved to Germany?

    What do I need to start doing, to learn this language?

    When I moved to Germany, I downloaded this course and was listening to it every free minute I had all over and over and over again. I mean with all due respect for the French language you simply can't expect people here understanding French. Only teenagers in Gymnasium (but not in Realschule or Hauptschule) learn French as a second foreign language and that is not even every kid. Needless to say that learning a foreign language in a German school sometimes is far away from actually learning to communicate in foreign language.

     

    If people talk to you in German and you don't understand them, you should try to speak English to them, not French.

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    Dear TT translators,

     

    Sorry for hijacking the meet-up thread, but I’m writing to ask if anyone can help me… I moved to Munich 2 years ago with practically no German at all, so I decided to hire an accountant to do my tax declarations.

     

    I was encouraged to register for VAT even though my income falls below the obligatory threshold and as time’s gone on, I’ve found that the accountancy is getting really expensive and absorbing almost all my spare cash… So I’m thinking about de-registering for VAT and doing my accounts myself as my income is not that complicated (just income from freelance translation work).

     

    I’ve now studied German up to level B2(2) but still don’t feel confident deciphering specialised tax/financial terms and am dreading trogging down to the Finanzamt to try and figure it all out, so I was just wondering whether anyone on here can recommend a website that explains how the system works? I looked on Toytown but a lot of the advice on there seems to be from a few years ago and not specific to translators. Do most freelance translators do their own tax declarations and if so, how often do you have to do the Umsatzteuer declaration? Are there any papers I should try to get from my accountant before I make the leap to make things easier? Thanks a lot in advance – any tips you could give would be much appreciated!

     

    Rose

     

    Hi Rose,

    I always did and do my tax declaration myself. I remember that I could hardly understand a word in the first one I sent to Finanzamt. So I would recommend you to do that too, if you feel that accountant is too expensive, however if you are not mostly working with private people, I would not recommend to deregister as a VAT payer. I had to register for VAT after being one or two years Kleinunternehmer. You have to do Umsatzsteuererklärung together with tax declaration, once a year. You have probably meant Voranmeldung. It's not that difficult, I think anyone can do that. In my case first year I had to do it once a month, then the next year once in three months, then I earned in Germany very little, so there no VAT whatsoever, and they wrote me that I should only do once a year. It might change depending on how much you earn in Germany from German clients.

     

    Please feel free to PM me with a phone number, I can explain you all I know.

     

    Natalia

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  8. AmandaUCSC, I assume you have several passports, and suggest not to apply for a visa with an American one if you happen to have it. For US citizens it's the most expensive and takes the longest, and there might dealing with some stupid people at the boarder in the airport involved. If you get an invitation form your hosts, good, but I wouldn't expect too much from them. Last time I was on a working trip with Finnish citizens in Russia it was a ministry level meeting and the Russian side had kindly asked the Finnish side to get their tourist visas via commercial provider without official invitation, as it is apparently the easiest way for everyone. The Russian hosts nowadays also have to go to some department of whatever, FCB probably, and apply for a permission to invite foreign partners. It was in 2012, so even before war in Ukraine, and now they are probably all a bit jumpy.

     

    Last summer I bought a visa for my German son from a Finnish travel agency in Turku. Just filled in everything online, called them for reference number and sent the passport by post. Got it back within three weeks with visa in it. In Germany travel agent wanted to know how much I earn, how much my husband earns, permission from my husband to apply for a visa etc. etc. etc. Pain in the @ss. Finns did it all smoothly. The agency is called Turun Neva Tours. Good luck and have fun.

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