The Germany Experience

Shaun Behrens

Life in Germany, as seen through the eyes of outsiders. Featuring the stories of foreigners who moved to Germany - either temporarily or permanently - and tips and advice for life in Germany. Get an inside view of the joys, the frustrations, and the quirks of adapting to the culture and learning German. New episodes every Wednesday.

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What can you expect in a German job interview? What's expected of you? Lisa Janz, the woman behind Job Coach Germany, joins me to explain what the five phases of a typical job interview are, and gives some insights into what interviewers are looking for. She even has some psychological tricks to boost your chances of making a positive impression.Lisa was formerly in HR , so knows the process from the inside. Nowadays, she focuses on helping people find the job that is right for them in Germany. Lisa's Website: https://www.lisajanz.com/Lisa was a previously a guest on the episode called,  What do you want from a job in Germany?It's THREGEPADFO time! Nicole of The Expat Cast and I are once again competing in our annual charity challenge to see which podcast can raise the most money for our chosen cause. This year, it's Kinderlachen, which helps children across Germany who are in need or ill. The project I am supporting on focuses on  helping children who face unexpected difficulties due to serious illness, an accident or other personal circumstances.Learn more and donate here!JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Nov 24

47 min 20 sec

You sent in your questions about health insurance in Germany, and this week a representative from Techniker Krankenkasse, Nina, is here to answer them.  You can also get an idea of what to expect from a health insurance fund by hearing how TK does things and what they offer. If you are considering signing up for health insurance with TK, use my link:https://thegermanyexperience.de/tkIt is an affiliate link, so if you sign up with it, you'll be helping out the podcast. The questions that Nina answers: How does health insurance work in Germany?What do I have to do if I get ill?What are the differences between Gesetzlich (statutory) and Privat (private) health insurance?Why is it so difficult to get an appointment with a specialist? Can I apply for health insurance without a German address?What are IGEL treatments?Do couples go onto the same insurance?What should foreigners expect from a health insurance provider?JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de 

Nov 17

22 min 41 sec

Elizabeth first spent time in Germany as a student, and she fell in love with the place. But, by the time her year was up, she was ready to return back home to the States. However, when she got home, she immediately started missing Germany. This began a pattern that would persist for years: Elizabeth would move to Germany, but would eventually move back to the USA again. In more recent years, though, she has wanted to make the move more permanent and has been actively searching for jobs in Germany. Elizabeth joins me to explain her 20+ years relationship with Germany, the reasons that she kept leaving Germany, the habit Germans have of staring, and bringing her dog, Fritz, with her to Germany. Find Elizabeth on Instagram: @hello.there.deutschlandJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

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Nov 10

41 min 48 sec

How educated are expat spouses? How do they feel about life in Germany? What word would they use to describe Germany? A new study  by Expats & Spouses Monitor answers these questions, and more.Back in February 2021, Amaia, originally from Spain, joined me to talk about the study that the Expats & Spouses Monitor was doing. Essentially, they wanted to look at the situation and feelings of expats and their spouses living in Germany. And now, the results are in. Amaia returns to the show to go through the results with me. One of the biggest conclusions is no surprise: Expat spouses are highly educated and have previous work experience, and they remain an untapped goldmine for Germany. Amaia also explains what they will do with this data now that they have it. The Feb 2021 episode that Amaia was on: The gender expatriation gap, trailing spouses, and the expat skill pool in Germany (Amaia from Spain)Download the report: https://www.expatsmonitor.de/the-report/To contact Expat & Spouses Monitor, or to request more detailed information from the study, go here: https://www.expatsmonitor.de/contact/Or you can mail them: hello@expatsmonitor.deJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Nov 3

23 min 48 sec

From new shopping habits through to being scolded by Germans, here are the answers to the questions you asked about life in Germany!The Instagram users who asked me questions:@Lilo_hlt06@Sscomstoc@Alyssa.savs@Soundinglustig@Iamgermanexpat@Theexpatcast@Beagle_Vanlife@Theadventuresofsteffi@lisa_janz_jobcoachgermany@almondsandsunsetJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

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Oct 27

33 min 49 sec

What's it like working in tech in Germany? What do foreigners need to know about finding a tech job in Germany?  Yotzín, from Mexico, joins me to answer these questions and discuss his experiences working in the tech field in Germany. We cover the Blue Card visa, changing tech jobs, and understanding the job market. Yotzin on Instagram: @yotzincortezMy recent guest podcast appearances:The Expat Cast: A South African, a Filipino,& an American Walk into a Bakery... with Shaun & LawinThe Canadian Wants To Know: Chat with a South AfricanSEND ME YOUR QUESTIONS!I need your questions about Germany, or me and my experiences here, for a live Q&A session I will be doing next week. Send them to info@thegermanyexperience.de, or go to thegermanyexperience.de/contactI'm also looking for any questions you might have about German health insurance for a future episode.JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

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Oct 20

44 min 48 sec

After watching the Calvin & Habs duo do a reenactment of a German children's story called "Paulinchen", I decided to buy the collection of stories it appears in. It's called Der Struwwelpeter, named after one of the characters. Written in 1845 by Heinrich Hoffman, the book contains a set of cautionary tales for children. Sometimes horrific, sometimes bizarre, and always entertaining, the book offers a great view into German culture of the time, including parenting insights and the view on racism. Nina, a German who has already been a guest on the podcast several times, joins me to discuss Struwwelpeter and some of the works of the Brothers Grimm. My German podcast with Nina: Die Deutsche und der AusländerNina on Instagram: @nmw1802JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

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Oct 6

29 min 22 sec

Both Beth and Amy have appeared on The Germany Experience before, and now they come back on together after having forged a friendship here in Germany. But, as often happens with foreigner friendships, Amy moved back home. We discuss making friends in Germany, what it's like losing foreigner friends, reaching a point of acceptance with life in Germany, and their related tattoos. Beth and Amy also help me answer a question from a listener who is constantly excluded from discussions at work because one of her colleagues doesn't switch to English when she's around. Beth's appearances on The Germany Experience:The 5 phases of culture shock (Beth from the USA)Feeling weighed down by the pandemic, and making the trip back home (Beth from the USA)Amy's The Germany Experience episode: Sandals and socks, making friends with Germans, and "selfishly" staying in Germany (Amy from the USA)Beth on Instagram: @bethingermanyAmy on Instagram: @amyholt11JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

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Sep 29

46 min 45 sec

//This episode was originally released on 18th May 2020//Montana Showalter was an American high school student who went on an exchange program to Germany (called CBYX). At around the same time, she started a YouTube channel intended to document her experiences in Germany. Little did she know that her channel was about to blow up. In our interview, Montana discusses the differences in culture between the US and Germany, how coronavirus cut her Germany stay short, how Germany changed her, and of course, her YouTube success.Watch her videos: Montana Showalter's YouTube channelTwo of her videos we mention in the interview:"Who am I?" - A Personal Essay From My Exchange YearForced To Leave Germany (Statement Of Departure)Montana on Instagram: Montana.ShowalterThe exchange program Montana was on: CBYX CIEEThe festival in Passau that Montana mentioned: Passauer DultLinks to more The Germany Experience episodes, my newsletter, and my social media: thegermanyexperience.de/subscribeJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience website.

Sep 2

36 min 38 sec

//This interview originally aired on 25th May 2020//Dana Newman from the Wanted Adventure YouTube channel joins me to discuss her book, "You go me on the cookie!". The book (written in German) describes Dana's adventures (and misadventures) learning German, and also highlights the quirks and beauty of the German language. It was written for German native speakers, but it is definitely relatable for anyone who has learnt German at any level. So I got Dana on the podcast to discuss her book, the German language, and her YouTube channel.To see the postcard that Dana refers to in the interview about how German is not orderly, click here."You go me on the cookie!" is available in bookstores in Germany as well as online (also on Amazon) - as paperback and Ebook: https://www.randomhouse.de/Taschenbuch/You-go-me-on-the-cookie/Dana-Newman/Goldmann-TB/e536279.rhd  Wanted Adventure YouTube channel:  https://youtube.com/wantedadventure Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/wantedadventure/ Website:  https://www.dananewman.de/JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Aug 25

52 min 22 sec

//This episode originally aired on 20th July 2020//Original Show Notes: Amy always had a dream of living in Germany, and even happened to marry someone who felt the same way. So living here has kind of been a dream come true. And generally, Amy is really happy here -- she admits that she was "right" about wanting to live here.But making friends with Germans is one aspect that has been a challenge. Amy is sociable and outgoing, and has done everything you're supposed to do to integrate yourself: take part in local events, be open, and seek out social situations. Add to this the fact the American friends she meets here always end up leaving, and it's easy to see why she feels that building a community is difficult.We discuss these difficulties with making real connections with Germans. Amy also talks about how she sometimes feels a bit "selfish" having made the decision to stay in Germany, and we cover her very controversial views on sandals and socks.Amy's blog post about things she prefers in Germany: The Ways: Part ZweiFollow Amy on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amyholt11/JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Aug 18

39 min 52 sec

//This episode was originally aired on 16th November 2020//Sneha from India moved to Germany in 2011. A professional Indian classical dancer, she was expecting something similar to New York, where people knew about the artform of Indian classical dance. Instead, she found herself constantly having to explain to Germans that it wasn't Bollywood dancing that she does...Sneha explains how she quickly started establishing herself in her artform in Germany by putting on shows, and then later teaching young girls the art of Bharatanatyam. She also takes us through the story of how, when her personal life began falling apart, Munich showed her love and gave her life. And, we discuss the uncertainty that artists face when they choose to dedicate their life to their passion.Sneha on Instagram:  snetanzSneha's dance institute: abhinayaindischertanzJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Aug 11

46 min 13 sec

Aspen is originally from the USA and has been living in Germany for 7 years now. She runs the Aspen Abroad YouTube channel. She joins me to discuss the topic of mental health as a foreigner in Germany, as well as the expectations on her as content creator. We also cover the dangers of toxic positivity. The video with Claudio we discuss: Running, Sports, and Mental Health MotivationAspen's YouTube channel: Aspen AbroadAspen on Instagram: @aspen.abroadThe episode of The Expat Cast I heard Aspen on: Moving Abroad or Running Away?JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Jul 15

46 min 19 sec

Lara is from Slovenia, and you might know her from her Instagram or TikTok channels, where she posts short, informative and funny videos about life in Germany. She made the move from Chicago, where she was living at the time, to a small town in Germany, and we discuss what that was like for her. We also talk about freelancing in Germany, as well as her Instagram and TikTok videos. Lara on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larcipetek/Lara on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@larapetekLara's blog: https://www.livingexpatlife.com/Lara's company on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nusen_studio/The Stuttgart library: https://www.instagram.com/p/CQoHEAtl9Z5/Other Notes:The Expat Cast episode that I contributed a story to: https://www.theexpatcast.com/your-stories/JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Jun 30

34 min 52 sec

Kaleena is from the USA, and Jan is from Germany, and together they host the YouTube channel, Kaleena and Jan. Shortly after meeting each other, their relationship was forced to go through two phases by the pandemic: first, they had to conduct a long distance relationship, and then, when Kaleena was able to return to Germany, they were locked down together. We discuss how they managed to keep their relationship going through both of those phases, as well as their YouTube channel. Kaleena and Jan YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBotSQ4rK309QkqRKUCPGRAThe hidden camera video: https://youtu.be/RlZ-E4m8LaMJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

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Jun 23

34 min 55 sec

Steffi is from the UK, and she describes herself as an "unexpected expat". In fact, as someone who experiences anxiety and who is a planner, life in a foreign country was not something she considered. When Steffi moved to Germany, she experienced depression after the honeymoon phase was over, and to deal with it, she turned to therapy. Steffi and I discuss the effects of expat life on mental health, the difficulties with finding a therapist, and the effectiveness of online therapy. Plus we check in to see how Steffi's New Year's Resolutions for 2021 are going (that's what happens when you put stuff on the Internet). Steffi on Instragram: https://www.instagram.com/theadventuresofsteffi/Steffi's Blog: https://adventuresofsteffi.com/Her New Year's Resolutions post: https://adventuresofsteffi.com/2021/01/02/personal-2021-goals/JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Jun 16

45 min 24 sec

Fadi Gaziri has written a book about life in Germany for foreigners called, "Ze Germans: An Expat's Guide to Living in Germany", and he joins me to discuss the book and some of his insights from his experiences in the country. We cover apologizing in Germany, sauna surprises, making friends, and why Fadi actually likes it here. Plus, we do the "How German Are You?" quiz from his book to see which one of us is the most Germanized. "Ze Germans: How German Are You?" on Amazon: https://www.amazon.de/-/en/Fadi-Gaziri/dp/3754112139/Fadi's website: http://fadigaziri.com/Try out Wunderbla together with ShaunWunderbla by Gymglish is an online German course for non-beginners (levels A2-C1). You get daily lessons that take around 20 minutes to complete, with immediate corrections.Try it out for one month for free, with no obligations:https://thegermanyexperience.de/germanI'd love to hear your thoughts about the course!JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Jun 9

52 min 44 sec

The Germany Experience podcast is 2 years old and to celebrate, here is a compilation of some of the advice that guests have offered about everything from making friends through to preparing for bureaucracy. Thank you for listening the past 2 years!The advice givers, and the episodes they were featured in: DwightAudreyJennaNatalieEmmaAmySarahGreg & BrigidaLilianaVladThomasLoriMari (author of The God Queen)CeriTimBethAnnaTaniaAlicia (https://www.aliciacibolamusic.com/)Amy HShakedFionaLawinRafaelChristy

Jun 2

35 min 46 sec

Jasmin is the host of a podcast called Herstory, which tells the stories of strong women from history. Her podcast inspired this week's episode: a look back at incredible (and underappreciated) women from Germany's history. And to tell these stories, I'm joined by Jasmin herself. The women we'll focus on all faced adversity of some kind, but went on to do monumental things that still impact Germany and the world today:Elisabeth Selbert (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabeth_Selbert), who was responsible for Article 3 in the German Grundgesetz: "Männer und Frauen sind gleichberechtigt" ("Men and women are equal"). She is called one of the "mothers of the Grundgesetz". Margarete Steiff (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margarete_Steiff), who founded the Steiff toy company. It is famous for its toys and the teddy bear, and still exists to this day.Gerda Taro (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerda_Taro), who was the first female war photographer. She photographed the Spanish Civil War and died on the front. Her legacy was later eclipsed by her romantic and professional partner, Robert Capa.  We also get two "honorable mentions" from Jasmin: Anita Augspurg, a German suffragette who fought for women’s rights, and Beate Uhse, a German pilot, entrepreneur, and sex pioneer. Jasmin's podcast, Herstory: https://herstorypod.de/Jasmin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Herstory_podJasmin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/herstory_pod/The German podcast Jasmin mentioned: Frauen von Damals (https://biancawalther.de/podcast/)JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

May 26

1 hr 9 min

Before you move to a foreign country, you inevitably have a picture of what it's like in your mind. Maybe you got it from TV and books, or perhaps you've met tourists from that country. Lawin, host of the Pop Your Cultural Cherry podcast, joins me to discuss our preconceived notions of Germany and Europe, and what the reality was for us. Pop Your Cultural Cherry podcast: https://linktr.ee/popyourculturalcherryPop Your Cultural Cherry on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/popyourculturalcherry/The Germany Experience episode about beer I referenced: https://www.thegermanyexperience.de/from-usa-to-germany-california-style-greg-from-usa-and-brigida-from-germany/Try out Wunderbla together with ShaunWunderbla by Gymglish is an online German course for non-beginners (levels A2-C1). You get daily lessons that take around 20 minutes to complete, with immediate corrections.Try it out for one month for free, with no obligations:https://thegermanyexperience.de/germanI'd love to hear your thoughts about the course!JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

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May 19

43 min 23 sec

If things in Germany continue easing up, vacation will again be possible this summer. A very popular tourist destination is the mountainous region of Bavaria. Ceri, originally from the UK, runs a mountain tour and trekking company there called Four Elements. She joins me to discuss how to avoid tourist hot spots in the mountains this summer, how to prepare for a trip, and also how her love for the outdoors has shaped her time in Germany. Ceri's mountain tour company: https://www.4elements.eu/Karwendel, the hiking region she mentioned: https://www.alpenwelt-karwendel.de/German Alpine Club (Deutscher Alpenverein): https://www.alpenverein.de/Ceri on Instagram: @4elements.eu and @ceri_templeCeri on Facebook: @4elements.eu (https://www.facebook.com/4elements.eu)Ceri's podcast, The Grow Zone - Real Time Adventurers: https://anchor.fm/thegrowzoneTry out Wunderbla together with ShaunWunderbla by Gymglish is an online German course for non-beginners (levels A2-C1). You get daily lessons that take around 20 minutes to complete, with immediate corrections.Try it out for one month for free, with no obligations: https://thegermanyexperience.de/germanI'd love to hear your thoughts about the course!JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.deI'm looking for guests for The Germany Experience. If you'd like to come on the show, send me your details!

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May 12

40 min 41 sec

Nadja Todt was born and raised in Germany, but spent 11 years abroad. She describes herself as a global citizen, change-maker, international experience expert, community connector and mentor, and a German and English language consultant. Nadja offers a program called "45 Days to Meaningful Friendships and Connections", and so I asked her to come on the podcast and discuss her insights. Her discussion centers around the what she sees as three central topics of making friendships: knowing yourself, being aware of your communication style, and making deeper connections. Nadja's links: 45 Days to Meaningful Friendships and Connections programSurvival German with NadjaNadja on FacebookNadja on InstagramNadja on LinkedInTry out Wunderbla together with ShaunWunderbla by Gymglish is an online German course for non-beginners (levels A2-C1). You get daily lessons that take around 20 minutes to complete, with immediate corrections. Try it out for one month for free, with no obligations:  Learn German with WunderblaI'd love to hear your thoughts about the course! JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience websiteSubscribe to the YouTube channel: The Germany ExperienceReview the podcast Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.deI'm looking for guests for The Germany Experience. If you'd like to come on the show, send me your details!

May 5

39 min 47 sec

How are foreigners in Germany feeling right now? Do they feel like they want to pack up and return to their home countries? And what is it like to make the trip back home? These are all questions we look at in this episode.Back in 2020, Germany was doing great with its handling of the pandemic: cases were down in summer, and there was even a degree of normality creeping back into every day life. The rest of the world envied Germany. However, in winter of 2020, things took a drastic turn. Since then, Germany has endured seemingly never-ending lockdowns, a failed vaccination roll-out, and inconsistent government response to the pandemic. Meanwhile, some countries – like the USA, the UK, Australia and New Zealand – are all doing better than Germany and life is beginning to get back to "normal". Coping with the current situation in Germany, seeing  things improve in other countries, and not having seen family back home for an unusually long period of time have all led foreigners here to feeling frustrated, depressed, and many other emotions. And the thought of making the trip back to their home country is now a realistic option. Beth, who is from the USA, understands these feelings all too well, and has in fact just made the trip back home. We discuss the current mindset of foreigners in Germany, with the help of audio clips from several YouTubers, podcasters, and past guests. We also consider whether the current situation in Germany makes foreigners want to pack up and leave for good. And finally, I find out from Beth what making that difficult trip back home is like. Featuring audio contributions from: Antoinette Emily, taken from her YouTube video, "THE TRUTH ABOUT MY LIFE IN GERMANY RIGHT NOW"Jenna, who hosts the YouTube channel, Life In GermanyFiona (@volbeat_flo) Raphael (@rpwerner)Nicole of The Expat CastLawin of the Pop Your Cultural Cherry podcastThe previous episode Beth was on: The 5 phases of cultural shockTHANK YOU to all those who sent in their feedback and recorded audio clips for this episode!OTHER SHOW NOTES: My guest appearance on Jenna's Life In Germany channel: BUT CAN A FOREIGNER REALLY LIVE IN A SMALL GERMAN VILLAGE?!The episode of my other podcast, Die Deutsche und der Ausländer, that Beth references (it's German): Urlaub in Coronazeiten und was Deutsche im Urlaub so tunJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience websiteSubscribe to the YouTube channel: The Germany ExperienceReview the podcast Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.deI'm looking for guests for The Germany Experience. If you'd like to come on the show, send me your details!

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Apr 20

1 hr 8 min

Lisa Janz, who is a job coach for internationals in Germany, recently interviewed me in a live Q&A on her Facebook page. This is the audio of that video. She asked me about my experiences looking for jobs and working in Germany. We also discuss workplace culture shocks, interviews while wearing ripped trousers, and more. Watch the interview on Facebook here.Lisa's Website: lisajanz.comLisa on Facebook: Lisa Janz - Job Coach GermanyLisa on Instagram: @lisa_janz_jobcoachgermany

Apr 18

34 min 24 sec

Lisa Janz is a career coach for international professionals in Germany. She joins me to discuss the big question of how to figure out what you want from a job in Germany. New foreigners in Germany often just want to get a foot in the door, and foreigners that have been here longer might feel like it's not possible to make a move. But it's important for your happiness that you consider what you really want - and that might even be something that you haven't realized yet. Lisa recently interviewed me on her Facebook channel, and I will be posting that interview as a bonus episode later this week. Lisa's Website: lisajanz.comLisa on Facebook: Lisa Janz - Job Coach GermanyLisa on Instagram: @lisa_janz_jobcoachgermanyOther things Lisa mentioned:YouTube video: Simon Sinek - Start With WhyBook recommendation: The Big Five for Life by John StreleckyJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience websiteSubscribe to the YouTube channel: The Germany ExperienceReview the podcast Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.deI'm looking for guests for The Germany Experience. If you'd like to come on the show, send me your details!

Apr 12

42 min 10 sec

Originally release on 3rd November, 2019 (episode #21)One of my best friends in Germany, Rafael from Brazil, experienced loss when his father passed away, and talks about how he coped dealing with that being far from his family.He's also a handball player, and he had the chance to make German friends through his love of the sport.We also discuss learning languages, Bulgarian wedding dance traditions, and more.UPDATE: Rafael still has not had the Bulgarian wedding he discusses due to coronavirus.Majestic handball Rafael: https://www.instagram.com/p/BSvnfjflJgR0f4nq-mjwHYcNRVdXQFuVk7MqKA0/?igshid=uouuiaedbbd3World Index tweet: most dangerous countriesBulgarian wedding dance: https://youtu.be/Bv8BRPO-EyU?t=37JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience websiteSubscribe to the YouTube channel: The Germany ExperienceReview the podcast Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.deI'm looking for guests for The Germany Experience. If you'd like to come on the show, send me your details!

Apr 6

41 min 11 sec

Madalina, originally from Romania, is a relocation agent who helps foreigners find accommodation in Munich. And as she says, if you can make it in Munich, you can make it anywhere in Germany. Madalina joins me to discuss getting an apartment in Germany - a process that starts before you even start your search. From doing your initial research and establishing your criteria, through writing a cover letter and putting together your portfolio, Madalina takes us through the steps and gives helpful advice along the way. We also talk about etiquette around the apartment search. Madalina's relocation agency in Munich: Relosophy Relosophy on Instagram: @relosophyMadalina on Instagram: @madalina_dragalinaThe accommodation search website Madalina mentioned: ImmoScout24OTHER SHOW NOTES:Guest appearance on Americans In Germany Drinking Whisky: Raising Children in GermanyJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience websiteSubscribe to the YouTube channel: The Germany ExperienceReview the podcast Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.deI'm looking for guests for The Germany Experience. If you'd like to come on the show, send me your details!

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Mar 29

41 min 27 sec

Many foreigners have a picture in their minds of what it will be like finding a job and working in Germany. For example, it seems that the perception is that there are many opportunities in Germany, that salaries are good, and that German companies are efficient. However, this is not necessarily the case.Jana from Meetra joins me to discuss what foreigners can actually expect regarding jobs and the workplace. We also discuss typical German work contracts ("Arbeitsverträge"), the importance of reference letters, and the differences between corporates and startups.The platform Jana co-founded to assist internationals to start their career in Germany: MeetraMeetra on Instagram: @askmeetraJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience websiteReview the podcast Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.deI'm looking for guests for The Germany Experience. If you'd like to come on the show, send me your details!

Mar 21

43 min 36 sec

The Germans have certain words, sayings, and gestures that they do very often, often without even thinking about it. And some of these things can be very confusing to people new in Germany. For example:  you'll often hear "Oh je" or "So!" in a conversation. Previous guest and resident German Nina joins me to try and explain some of these mannerisms to help us understand what they mean. Watch this interview on YouTube to see all the gestures.The German podcast that Nina and I host together is called Die Deutsche und der Ausländer: Listen to the show or watch on YouTubeWe discuss:Pech gehabt/selber SchuldOh je!Tja!So!Na?Two different "Hmmm" soundsBoah!Drücken die Daumen and "Toi toi toi!"The windshield wiper gesture ("Bist du bescheuert?")Rubbing fingers togetherPulling on the eye JeinKnocking on the table to applaudOTHER SHOW NOTES: On Saturday 20th March 2021 at 11am, Lisa Janz will interview me in a Facebook Livestream about my experience with finding jobs in Germany: Lisa Janz - Job Coach GermanyJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience website Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

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Mar 15

45 min 39 sec

 I answer your questions about life in Germany, and also some personal questions. Plus, I read some insightful YouTube comments. This was recorded during a Facebook live stream.Watch the full video on my YouTube channelSome of the questions I answer: How can you develop close friendships with Germans?What are the reasons foreigners from developed countries decide to stay in Germany for the long-term?Why is cash such a prominent form of payment?What's up with all the reversing into parking spacesAntoinette Emily's YouTube channelJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience website Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Mar 8

38 min 11 sec

Alex is originally from Nebraska, USA, but is now living in Hamburg. She joins me with a glass of sparkling wine to discuss, among other things, her love for "zu verschenken" culture, how scholarships offer a world of opportunity for coming to and staying in Germany, and how living in a WG has given her an insight into German life that she might not have had otherwise. She also talks about the German things that fascinate her: the lack of digitization, strange opening hours, and Kirchensteuer (church tax). And I discover that there is something called "Kinderlosenbeitrag", or "childless fee", which she has to pay because she has no children. Links to scholarship information that Alex mentioned:Fulbright programsGerman Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)Goethe Institute, which Alex to decide what she would be interested inInternational Parliamentary Scholarships, to work at the BundestagThe Instagram account Alex finds useful: @Deustschland_deFollow Alex on Instagram: @DeutschAFWatch this interview on YouTubeSend me your questions for me to answer on the next episode: Contact meSend a mail to: info@thegermanyexperience.deJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience website Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Mar 1

56 min 50 sec

When you move to Germany, like with other countries, you might find yourself needing to re-invent yourself due to the language and the culture. For example: if you were funny and outgoing in your home country, you might suddenly feel like you're introverted and "boring" in social situations in Germany. And how do you deal with feeling that you can't show Germans the real "you"?I discuss this issue with the two hosts of Americans In Germany Drinking Whiskey, Geoff and Alex. We also hear about how they came to be in Germany, and just how much whiskey they actually drink every week.   OTHER SHOW NOTES:Contribute to the Expats & Spouses Monitor research project by completing their survey: Expat and Spouses Monitor 2021 JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience website Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

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Feb 22

46 min 46 sec

What are common misconceptions that foreigners have about the job application process in Germany? What makes a good CV? What are assessment centers? We try to answer some of these questions in this episode. To do it, I'm joined by Ivan from Bulgaria (and previous guest on the show), who has extensive experience working as an HR consultant in Germany - and has also applied for jobs in Germany himself. He shares his insights gathered from several years of experience.If you have specific questions for Ivan about the job application process in Germany, send them to info@thegermanyexperience.de, and we'll get him back on a later episode to answer them. Also, listen to a 2019 episode I did about finding a job in Germany: Finding and getting a job in GermanyFind Ivan on Instagram: @Ivan.og.vasilevAlso, follow Can You German?, the Instagram page Ivan runs together with Ricardo from Brazil. The episode about Can You German? that featured Ivan: Wurst/arsch/schwein idioms, why “Der/Die/Das” is weird, and sitting down to pee in Germany (Ricardo from Brazil & Ivan from Bulgaria)OTHER SHOW NOTES:Contribute to the Expats & Spouses Monitor research project by completing their survey: Expat and Spouses Monitor 2021JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

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Feb 15

1 hr

Amaia, originally from Spain but now living in Düsseldorf, Germany, started the Expats and Spouses Monitor with Dr. Carlos Morales. Their goal: it is a research project that aims to understand the living and working conditions of expatriates and their spouses or partners living in Germany. With this data, they hope to help stakeholders, such as German employers, implement policies and measures to improve integration of expats. The Expat and Spouses monitor is running a survey until 8th March 2021. If you are an expat living in Germany and want to share your experiences, complete the survey anonymously here: https://www.research.net/r/CNY959Y To get more information about why they started the project and what it's all about, Amaia joins me on the podcast. We also discuss the gender expatriation gap, what we know about expat spouses, and how better information can help German employers understand the benefits expats can bring to their organizations. Visit the Expats and Spouses Monitor site. Amaia also founded the International Business Women in Düsseldorf, which aims to create safe spaces for women in Düsseldorf to talk about their challenges, dreams and self-development possibilities.OTHER SHOW NOTES: My new podcast, in German: Die Deutsche und der AusländerA 5 star review from a German listener who finds the show entertaining, but infuriating :)JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Feb 8

37 min 34 sec

What are the standard costs of living you can expect in Germany? Do you really need so much insurance in Germany? And why pay the Rundfunkbeitrag if you don't watch German TV?Jen is from Guatemala and is the co-founder of Simple Germany. She joins me to discuss her story, and the cost of living in Germany. As a basis for our discussion, we use her blog post, The Cost of Living in Germany in 2021 (Real-Life Case Study). We cover everything from rent, mobile phone contracts, insurance, taxes, and much more.But it's not just a discussion about costs; it's also a peek into Jen's life here in Germany with her wife, and her story. Also, be sure to check out the Simple Germany YouTube Channel.Other notes:Cost of living numbers for Germany on NumbeoUrban Sports ClubJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Feb 1

1 hr 25 min

The SEGEPADFO charity challenge, where I went up against Nicole of The Expat Cast to see who could raise the most money for  a project by Über den Tellerrand, is over. Who won the challenge, and how much we raised, is all in this update episode. Plus: I'll tell you when I'll be back with new episodes. Thank you to everyone who donated! See our video promo outtakes: SEGEPADFO video promo outtakesThe project we were supporting: Portable kitchen for Über den Tellerrand Freiburg

Dec 2020

6 min 43 sec

Jenna is from Canada who is living in Düsseldorf. She is the creator of Life in Duesseldorf, has just started the Life in Germany YouTube channel. We discuss why she moved to Germany, her recent bout of COVID-19, and why she loves German barbecue culture.Jenna on Instagram: @lifeindusSEGEPADFO UPDATE:Nicole of The Expat Cast and I are going head-to-head to raise money for Über den Tellerrand - in specific, we're supporting a project of theirs to build a mobile kitchen. To find out more and to donate, visit our SEGEPADFO page:https://thegermanyexperience.de/charity2020Be sure to type "The Germany Experience" in the public comments field when you donate so that we know which show you're donating on behalf of!At the beginning of the drive, Nicole challenged me to write a jingle for SEGEPADFO. Then I counter-challenged her to sing backing vocals on it. Listen to the episode to hear the result :)OTHER SHOW NOTES:Google Trends top searches of 2020 for GermanyJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Dec 2020

41 min 54 sec

Cassie from Australia wanted to continue her music studies in Germany, and her plans were already underway when the pandemic struck. It put her plans on hold, but Cassie was still able to push through and move to Weimar. I discuss with her what it was like to move to Germany during a pandemic, and what her first impressions of Germany are. Cassie on Instagram: @cassie_slaterSEGEPADFO Charity ChallengeNicole of The Expat Cast and I are going head-to-head to raise money for Über den Tellerrand - in specific, we're supporting a project of theirs to build a mobile kitchen. To find out more and to donate, visit our SEGEPADFO page:https://thegermanyexperience.de/charity2020We're also doing challenges along the way, so stay tuned to both our shows for updates along the way. POSTCARDS FROM 2020:What was 2020 like for you? What did you learn? And most importantly, what message do you want to give to others? I want to compile your responses and put together an episode called Postcards from 2020. Send me your contributions: write me a message at TheGermanyExperience.de/contact, leave me a voice message through my website, or write me an email at info@thegermanyexperience.de.JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Dec 2020

36 min 19 sec

Alicia is a soul and blues singer currently living in Germany. She moved from Texas, USA to Germany complete her studies just over a year ago. I discuss with Alicia what her mindset is after moving countries in such a turbulent year, what her feelings on Germany are, and how she was able to speak out for Black Lives Matter from Germany. Watch Alicia's BLM speech in HannoverVisit Alicia's website to watch videos of her performing and to learn more about her: Alicia Cibola MusicFollow her on Instagram: aliciacibolaAlicia on YouTube: Alicia CibolaSEGEPADFO:Advent time is also time for me to face off with my sworn rival, Nicole of The Expat Cast, to see who can raise the most money for charity. This year, the cause is funding a mobile kitchen in Freiburg for Über den Tellerrand. Über den Tellerrand aims to  create opportunities for people of different cultures to meet and and to integrate.For more information, visit TheGermanyExperience.de/Charity2020 POSTCARDS FROM 2020:What was 2020 like for you? What did you learn? And most importantly, what message do you want to give to others? I want to compile your responses and put together an episode called Postcards from 2020. Send me your contributions: write me a message at TheGermanyExperience.de/contact, leave me a voice message through my website, or write me an email at info@thegermanyexperience.de.JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Nov 2020

47 min 17 sec

You probably know Antoinette Emily from her YouTube channel. Originally from New Zealand, she moved to Germany to be with her then-boyfriend (now-husband) over 10 years ago. We discuss the story of how she came to Germany, the importance of having international friends in Germany, raising bilingual children, why you probably shouldn't build a house in Germany, and, of course, her YouTube channel. Antoinette's YouTube channel: Antoinette EmilyAntoinette on Instagram: @antoinette_nzGERMAN UNCOVERED COURSE - BLACK FRIDAY DISCOUNT!The German Uncovered language course, plus bonsues, is discounted by $200 until 30th November 2020! You get the story-based language course, PLUS access to the German Grammar for Beginners and the German Accent and Pronunciation Masterclass courses. The discount code is BLKCM2020 . Use this link:German Uncovered Course - Black Friday Discount(I am an affiliate partner of Fluent Language, so if you sign up for that course using my link, you will be helping the show!)JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Nov 2020

42 min 38 sec

Sneha from India moved to Germany in 2011. A professional Indian classical dancer, she was expecting something similar to New York, where people knew about the artform of Indian classical dance. Instead, she found herself constantly having to explain to Germans that it wasn't Bollywood dancing that she does...Sneha explains how she quickly started establishing herself in her artform in Germany by putting on shows, and then later teaching young girls the art of Bharatanatyam. She also takes us through the story of how, when her personal life began falling apart, Munich showed her love and gave her life. And, we discuss the uncertainty that artists face when they choose to dedicate their life to their passion.Sneha on Instagram:  snetanzSneha's dance institute: abhinayaindischertanzGERMAN UNCOVERED COURSE - BLACK FRIDAY DISCOUNT!The German Uncovered language course, plus bonsues, is discounted by $200 until 30th November 2020! You get the story-based language course, PLUS access to the German Grammar for Beginners and the German Accent and Pronunciation Masterclass courses. The discount code is BLKCM2020 . Use this link: German Uncovered Course - Black Friday Discount(I am an affiliate partner of Fluent Language, so if you sign up for that course using my link, you will be helping the show!)OTHER NOTESMy guest appearances on Geopats NaPodPoMo:43: Podcast Rebranding & Community with Shaun of The Germany Experience Podcast44: Beginning Podcast Challenges with Shaun of The Germany Experience PodcastMy YouTube channel: The Germany Experience on YouTube JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Nov 2020

50 min 53 sec

Back in May 2020, I had Linda of the Travelteening blog on the podcast to talk about moving to Germany and traveling around with teenagers. Now, I have the teenagers on! Anna and Alex talk about their move to Germany, their lives here, and about traveling with family. OTHER SHOW NOTESLockdown ignored: Munich police shut down child's birthday party with 100+ guestsMy "Warteschlangenungeduldigkeit" post on Instagram Bavarian Infection Protocol Ordinance in German: Infektionsschutzmaßnahmenverordnung GERMAN UNCOVERED STORY-BASED LANGUAGE COURSEGerman Uncovered is a comprehensive German course for beginners, where you learn German through an exciting story. After each chapter, you learn vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation based on what you read in the story. Disclaimer: I am an affiliate partner of German Uncovered, and I will earn a commission if you sign up using the links below).Try out the course for free: Experience Story-Based German Learning for FreeAnd sign up for German Uncovered: German UncoveredJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Nov 2020

40 min 42 sec

You sent in your questions, and I put them to Germans to get the answers. It's Ask A German time!The three German guests are the always funny and entertaining hosts of the German podcast, Ach! They answer the questions that listeners sent in over the past few months, and in the process shed some light on some issues foreigners in Germany know all too well. We even come up with a new crime in Germany: Warteschlangeungeduldigkeit (waiting line impatience). Their website: das-a.chFollow Ach! on Twitter: das_achThe questions that we covered:Are Germans obsessed with fruit?What's up with German pillows?What are the best onomatopoeic German words?What things would they change about Germany?Why are credit cards still not the preferred payment method in Germany?What should foreigners in Germany do less of?Why do some German toilets have a shelf or platform?Some things we mentioned:Dominik's previous The Germany Experience guest appearance: The top 10 grossing movies in GermanyThe Ach! episode mentioned as an example: MAURICE G. FLITCROFT: PROFI-GOLFER, KRANFÜHRER, LEGENDEThe pillow question comes from Steph Fuccio of the Geopats podcast.The episode where I interview the writers of "From the Burgeramt to the Bedroom": The essential book for new expats in GermanyDominik's dream pillow that he didn't want to "promote": https://www.bett1.de/produkte/bodyguard-stutzkissen-plusThe Schtzngrmm onomatopoeic poem: https://www.lyrikline.org/de/gedichte/schtzngrmm-1230The episode with Amy: Sandals and socks, making friends with Germans, and "selfishly" staying in GermanyThe Asterix & Obelix episode that demonstrates German bureaucracy: Permit #A38 (Passierschein A38)A note of correction: I mentioned I spoke to a Brazilian and a "Belgian" in a recent episode about German idioms...of course, Ivan is from Bulgaria. In the heat of conversation, my brain substituted "Belgian" in. Thanks a lot, brain (and apologies to Ivan).JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

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Nov 2020

57 min 6 sec

Fiona and her husband are opera singers from the UK who moved to Germany for work. I first met her when she appeared on the episode about Parkrun in Germany, and I wanted to find out more about her path to journey and experiences here...so I invited her back on the show. In our chat, she talks about how she learnt about the "Mittagsruhe" rule in Germany, what a "Kinderladen" is and why it's a help for integrating, the effects or Brexit on her life, and "Geisterfahrers" (wrong-way drivers). Fiona on Instagram: @volbeat_floFiona on Twitter: hoppersgirlYou can watch videos of her singing opera here and here.SHOW NOTES:In the episode I referred to the Spiegel report, but here is a full article on the coronavirus survey: Umfrage: Fast ein Drittel für härtere Corona-MaßnahmenThe Danish band Fiona loves: VolbeatNumber of UK citizens emigrating to EU has risen by 30% since Brexit voteJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de

Oct 2020

59 min 46 sec

Ricardo from Brazil and Ivan from Bulgaria are the people behind the Can You German? Instagram account. They met by chance in Germany, where they became friends. Later, when Ivan was stuck in Brazil due to COVID-19, they spent a lot of time together, and it was during this time that Can You German? was born. We discuss their Instagram page, why German is obsessed with idioms that have to do with sausage, ass, and pigs, and the culture shock for men when they learn that sitting down to pee in German is the norm. Follow Can You German? on Instagram: @canyougerman OTHER SHOW NOTES:The Langenscheidt youth word of 2020 is "Lost"The Germany Experience was featured in Almonds + Sunset's 7 Inspiring Expat Podcasts to Listen to Right Now listGerman signs for sitting down to peeThe Dark series website: https://dark.netflix.io/ ASK A GERMAN: SEND ME YOUR QUESTIONSI have lined up three "qualified" Germans (i.e. they're German) to answer your questions! So if you have a question (or questions) that you have been wanting to ask Germans but never have, now's the time! Get in touch and send me your questions in one of the following ways:Go to thegermanyexperience.de/contact and send me your questionMail me: info@thegermanyexperience.deYou can also leave me a voicemail on my website by clicking on the little microphone icon on the bottom right of your screen.JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.deGERMAN UNCOVERED STORY-BASED LANGUAGE COURSEGerman Uncovered is a comprehensive German course for beginners, where you learn German through an exciting story. After each chapter, you learn vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation based on what you read in the story. Disclaimer: I am an affiliate partner of German Uncovered, and I will earn a commission if you sign up using the links below).Try out the course for free: Experience Story-Based German Learning for FreeAnd sign up for German Uncovered: German Uncovered

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Oct 2020

56 min 19 sec

Elysse is the host of Elysse Speaks, a YouTube channel about her experiences learning multiple languages (including sign language). One of the languages she speaks is German, and I invited her on the podcast to talk about German, what would have been good to know before learning German, and why learning German is like being in a complicated but cool relationship. Elysse's video that we base our discussion on: What I wish I knew BEFORE learning GermanSubscribe to Elysse's YouTube channel: Elysse SpeaksFollow her on Instagram: @elyssespeaksElysse's German learning resources:The Easy German podcastitalki: Learn a language onlineGerman Grammar Drills by Ed SwickLearn German on LingoliaASK A GERMAN: SEND ME YOUR QUESTIONSI have lined up three "qualified" Germans (i.e. they're German) to answer your questions! So if you have a question (or questions) that you have been wanting to ask Germans but never have, now's the time! Get in touch and send me your questions in one of the following ways:Go to thegermanyexperience.de/contact and send me your questionMail me: info@thegermanyexperience.deYou can also leave me a voicemail on my website by clicking on the little microphone icon on the bottom right of your screen.JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de GERMAN UNCOVERED STORY-BASED LANGUAGE COURSEGerman Uncovered is a comprehensive German course for beginners, where you learn German through an exciting story. After each chapter, you learn vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation based on what you read in the story. Disclaimer: I am an affiliate partner of German Uncovered, and I will earn a commission if you sign up using the links below). Try out the course for free: Experience Story-Based German Learning for FreeAnd sign up for German Uncovered: German Uncovered

Oct 2020

40 min 8 sec

Sarah from Canada came to Munich 4 years ago to get her Masters degree. At first the plan was to stay two years (which at the time she felt was too long). But soon she fell in love with Munich and found many reasons to stay. Sarah discusses those reasons with me, as well as how she went about learning German, the magic of the word, "Doch", and her observations of environmentalism in Germany.Sarah also hosts a podcast about international life with a focus on relationships called Falling Hard, and she has a blog about environmentalism and the economy called Circular Not Infinite. Her Instagram is @Sar.Cotter. You should also follow her podcast on Instagram: @fallinghardpodcastLater in the episode, I also talk to Kerstin, creator of the German Uncovered story-based language course. Try out the course for free: Experience Story-Based German Learning for FreeAnd sign up for German Uncovered: German Uncovered Note: I am an affiliate partner with Fluent Language (because I like the concept of the course), so if you sign up for the course using those links, you'll also be helping The Germany Experience podcast. OTHER NOTESMy guest appearance on the Americans Drinking Whiskey in Germany podcast: Making Friends with GermansMy guest appearances on Ach! bonus episodes: Bonus 152 and Bonus 153JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de 

Oct 2020

54 min 19 sec

Every year, the Langenscheidt publishing house searches for the youth word of that year. It's happening again, and Nina from Germany (who previously appeared in the Fasching episode back in February) helps me explain the words and the memes behind them. We also try and figure out if the youth actually uses these words...The words we discuss: Schabernack, Mittwoch, Sauftrag, Wild, Lost, Köftespiess, Digga, Cringe, and Mashallah Some links to things we mention in the discussion: Langenscheidt's search for 2020's youth wordRezo's "Der Zerstörung der CDU" videoPhillip Amthor's reply to RezoIt's Wednesday my dudes viral memeXatar only wants a Köftespiess when he's out of prisonLil Lightzkins - KöftespiessCan You German? Instagram accountAlman Memes Instagram accountFollow Nina on Instragram.JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de Learn German with German Uncovered A comprehensive German course for beginners, where you learn German through an exciting story.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.

Sep 2020

36 min 24 sec

For foreigners living in Germany, you might be thinking that you live in a country that is doing a lot to combat global warming. After all, Germany signed the Paris Agreement, and it put together the Klimapaket (climate package). But according to my guest this week, Patrick Niedermayer, Germany isn't doing enough.This episode is a deep dive into what climate change is, what Germany has done (and why it isn't sufficient), and what foreigners living in Germany can do about the situation.Patrick’s blog (German): https://patrick-niedermayer.de/blogPatrick on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/patrickndmr/Get involved on 25th September 2020 and join a Fridays for Future demonstration near you! Key take-aways from my discussion with Patrick:The CO2 in our atmosphere has increased exponentially since the industrial revolution: the increase in the last 100 years is the same as the increase in the previous 10.000 years.It’s not too late to limit the increase in average temperatures (although we can’t reverse it anymore)The Paris Agreement was good, but Germany (and other countries) are not adhering to itFor Patrick, there are two aspects to climate justice: firstly, the industrialized countries expecting developing countries not to use coal and other fossil fuels to build wealth, and secondly, the people in power are the ones who have caused our current situation (albeit not intentionally), while the ones demanding change are the ones who have to live with the consequences of inaction.Germany is doing something to combat climate change, but not enough; they’ve cut funding for projects like solar power, they have not acted on the Paris Agreement, and the Klimapaket is disappointing.Foreigners can’t vote, but being political isn’t only about voting: you can still go and protest and make your voice heard.What foreigners living in Germany can do:When looking at changes you can make, look for the things with the least amount of effort on your part, but which have a big impact on reducing your carbon footprintSwitch to green energy (ökostrom) for your apartment or house.Try to switch to electric cars or scooters if it’s possibleZero wasteReduce meat consumptionEducate yourselfLinks and information:Fridays For FutureTipping points in climate changeThe Ice AlbedoThe Paris AgreementCO2 calculators:WWF CO2 footprint calculator (English, but UK-focused) Umweltbundesamt rechner (German)JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de 

Sep 2020

55 min 36 sec

In this outtake from my interview with Emma from the USA, we discuss recent German history, and how to win freedom by pretending to be a swan.Follow Emma on InstagramJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de  

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Sep 2020

7 min 36 sec