Featuring Nina Episodes

Nina is a German who regularly comes on the show to explain different aspects of German culture.
German Culture Featuring Nina

German traditions or superstitions? (Nina from Germany)

June 8, 2022

If you've ever wished a German "Happy birthday" before their actual birthday, you will no doubt have quickly learnt that it's just not done. It's just a tradition based on superstition, but many Germans abide by it. So, is i…

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German Culture Featuring Nina

How to be a good dinner guest in a German home (Nina from Germany)

Feb. 9, 2022

Getting invited to a German's home for dinner is difficult enough, but if it happens, you're probably nearing the German's "inner circle". But how do you behave? What is good etiquette? Are there unwritten rules you need to …

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German Culture Featuring Nina

German culture: Der Struwwelpeter and other horrifying children's stories (Nina from Germany)

Oct. 6, 2021

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 characte…

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Common things Germans say and do, and what they mean (Nina from Germany)

March 15, 2021

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 "O…

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German youth words of 2020 (Nina from Germany)

Sept. 28, 2020

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 wor…

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A German experiences the Ausländerbehörde (Nina from Germany)

Feb. 21, 2020

While recording the episode about Carnival in Germany, Nina told a story about the time she had to deal with the same office that foreigners know all too well: the Auslanderbehörde Amt (foreigner's office). SUBSCRIBE TO THE …

German Culture Featuring Nina

Carnival/Fasching in Germany: "pomp and splendor" (Nina from Germany)

Feb. 17, 2020

It's the middle of Carnival (also known as Fasching or Fastnacht, depending on where in Germany you are). I am not a big fan of it, and so I got a real live German who IS a fan of it to come on the show and explain to me why…

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