Adapting To Life In Germany Episodes

June 29, 2020

A southern liberal in Germany, running a coffee shop, and casual German racism (Christy from the USA)

Christy is a southern liberal who opened a coffee shop in Germany. Over a Pfälzer Weinschorle, she discusses how she tried to integrate herself the “right” way, how Germany is not the best country for special needs children, ...

Adapting To Life In Germany

June 15, 2020

The 5 phases of culture shock (Beth from the USA)

Beth from the USA moved to Germany to be with her husband, and she found that her adjustment period resembled the 5 stages of culture shock very closely. We talk about how she dealt with each stage, and where she is now on th...

Adapting To Life In Germany

May 18, 2020

Seven months as an exchange student in Germany (Montana Showalter from the USA)

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 d...

Adapting To Life In Germany Learning German

May 11, 2020

Learning German with apps, and working in the video games industry (Thomas from the UK)

Thomas Cartwright is originally from the UK, and landed up in Hamburg working for a video games developer called InnoGames . He explains why a company like InnoGames is a good fit for foreigners looking for opportunities in G...

Learning German Adapting To Life In Germany

May 04, 2020

Traveling with teenagers, and interrupted travel plans (Linda from the USA)

Travelteening is a blog that gives travel advice for traveling with teens. The blogger behind it, Linda from the USA, joins me to discuss the value her family sees in traveling, their three-year-plan to give their children th...

Parenting In Germany Adapting To Life In Germany

April 21, 2020

From USA to Germany, California style (Greg from USA and Brigida from Germany)

When Greg and Brigida decided to move from California to Germany, they did it with just a small amount of money and two dogs. And they were met with adversity from almost the moment they arrived. This is their story of how th...

Adapting To Life In Germany

March 30, 2020

Dealing with depression in Germany (Deenara from Russia)

How do you recognize that you are depressed? How do you seek out therapy and other help for depression in Germany? And what if you are from a culture that has a stigma towards mental health issues and therapy? Deenara, who is...

Adapting To Life In Germany

March 23, 2020

Being a TV anchor, online weirdos, and stereotypes about Russian women (Daria from Russia)

Daria, originally from Moscow, Russia, is working as a freelance journalist in Germany. She helped me put an upcoming episode about mental health together, and I wanted to introduce her first. We discuss her role as a TV anch...

Adapting To Life In Germany

March 09, 2020

Leaving Germany after a decade (Natalie from the UK)

What is it that makes someone who has lived in Germany for over a decade decide that it's time to go back "home"? Natalie is originally from the UK, and is now making the decision to leave Germany after 11 years. She explains...

Adapting To Life In Germany Making Friends In Germany

March 02, 2020

Finding yourself in a second language: language and identity (Steph from Germany)

Steph is from Bavaria, and moved to the UK when she was in her 20s before ending up in Austin, Texas. She learned to speak English at a native-speaker level, and found that it just suited her. Because she's got a fantastic co...

Adapting To Life In Germany German Language

February 23, 2020

Moving after 40, sensationalist media, and loneliness in Germany (Klaus from Brazil)

Klaus was born in Brazil before spending the first 12 years of his life in Germany. After returning to Brazil, he remained in touch with the German language and the culture. By the time he decided to move back to Germany in h...

Adapting To Life In Germany

February 09, 2020

A serial expat in Germany (Amy from Canada)

Amy is the host of The Expat Experience podcast. She has landed up in Germany after spending time in Vietnam and China, and in our interview she discusses how she's learning German, what it's like making German friends, and i...

Adapting To Life In Germany

February 02, 2020

Motivated to adapt by painful social moments (Sindy from Hong Kong)

(This is the podcast previously known as Expat Life Germany. In the first few years in Germany, things weren't always easy for Sindy from Hong Kong. As is the experience of many foreigners living abroad, she faced painful and...

Adapting To Life In Germany Learning German

January 12, 2020

SOFA status, growing a thicker skin, and tracking a stolen phone with the Polizei (Audrey & Zach from USA)

Audrey and Zach met while in the USA. When Zach, a cartographer, moved to Germany on a SOFA status ( Status of Forces Agreement ), they first attempted a long-distance relationship before Audrey joined him later in Germany. T...

Adapting To Life In Germany

December 23, 2019

Missing holiday traditions from home, making new traditions, and fireworks on New Year's Eve

For foreigners living in Germany, the holidays are a time that we recreate traditions from our home countries, adopt German traditions, and start new ones. I take a look at how my Christmas experience in Germany has been, and...

German Culture Adapting To Life In Germany