Episodes

A German returning to Germany after a decade (Cathrin from Germany)

Sept. 13, 2022

Cathrin, originally from Germany, has been living in the States for more than 10 years, but she recently made the decision to return. She discusses the reasons for wanting to come back, how she needs to say goodbye to her ol…

RERUN: Wurst/arsch/schwein idioms, why “Der/Die/Das” is weird, and sitting down to pee in Germany (Ricardo from Brazil & Ivan from Bulgaria)

Aug. 24, 2022

Originally released on October 19th, 2020. View the original show notes here. I F YOU ENJOY THIS PODCAST You can support the show in various ways: BUY THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE PODCAST A COFFEE – there are a lot of costs associ…

RERUN: Q&A - Making long-term German friends, reverse parking, and origins of German idioms

Aug. 17, 2022

Originally released March 8th, 2021 View the original show notes here. I F YOU ENJOY THIS PODCAST You can support the show in various ways: BUY THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE PODCAST A COFFEE – there are a lot of costs associated wi…

RERUN: Antoinette Emily from New Zealand

Aug. 10, 2022

Originally released November 23rd, 2020. View the original show notes here. Antoinette's YouTube channel: Antoinette Emily I F YOU ENJOY THIS PODCAST You can support the show in various ways: BUY THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE PODCA…

RERUN: Ask a German - Bureaucracy, German pillows, standing in line, and recruitment through fruit

Aug. 3, 2022

Original release: November 2nd, 2020 View the original show notes here. Featuring the hosts of the Ach podcast . I F YOU ENJOY THIS PODCAST You can support the show in various ways: BUY THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE PODCAST A COFFE…

RERUN: Advice for foreigners in Germany, taken from two years of The Germany Experience

July 27, 2022

Original release: June 2, 2001 View the original show notes here. I F YOU ENJOY THIS PODCAST You can support the show in various ways: BUY THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE PODCAST A COFFEE – there are a lot of costs associated with ru…

The Berlin episode (recorded live @ PodFest Berlin 2022)

July 20, 2022

I've always felt a special connection to Berlin. But what is it like to live there? I am joined by three foreigners living in Berlin who discuss their stories, what they love about living in Berlin, and various other aspects…

Q&A: Self-learning B2, dealing with language barrier frustrations, and is there foolproof advice for making friends in Germany?

July 6, 2022

You sent in some questions about life in Germany, and I try and answer them in this episode. THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE AT PODFEST BERLIN I will be recording a live episode at Podfest Berlin on Saturday July 16th @ 16:15 . It wi…

Finding A Job & Working In Germany

Probezeit: The first six months in a German job (Lisa Janz, Job Coach Germany)

June 29, 2022

The first six months in a new job is important. In Germany, it is usually a trial period - or "Probezeit" - and it is a chance for you to get to know your team, company, and more. Lisa Janz, who runs Job Coach Germany, joins…

Guest: Lisa Janz
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Lessons from changing jobs in Germany (Alexandrea from the USA)

June 22, 2022

Alexandrea from the USA (and former guest on the podcast ) left her job in Hamburg for one in Frankfurt. However, she realized almost immediately that the new job was not a good fit. She left during her trial period and foun…

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Helping families to meet like-minded families (Dzhangar from MatchFamilies)

June 15, 2022

During Dzhangar's first years in Germany, he noticed what many foreigners notice: how difficult it was for his family to meet other like-minded families. And making friends is crucial. It helps to make you feel more at home,…

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…

Guest: Nina
Adapting To Life In Germany

Eurovision Song Contest 2022 recap, the importance of community, and redefining your identity (Beth from the USA)

May 17, 2022

Beth comes back on the podcast to discuss how she recently found herself post-pandemic in a world that had shrunk to just her job and her family. While this isn't a bad thing, Beth was lacking a feeling of community. She als…

Adapting To Life In Germany

Using your own culture to integrate in Germany (Saehee from the USA)

May 12, 2022

When Saehee, a Korean American, first moved from the States to Germany, she struggled to adjust for many different reasons. This led to her feeling depressed and lonely. But that would all change once she started getting ba…

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States of Liberation: gay rights and discrimination in Cold War Germany (Samuel Clowes Huneke)

April 20, 2022

It's conventional knowledge that West Germany was more liberal and progressive than East Germany. Then it stands to reason that West Germany was more accepting of gay rights. But was this really the case? Of course, these th…

Guest: Samuel Huneke
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Language barrier problems, and overcoming the challenges involved with reporting sexual assault (Mei Chi from Hong Kong)

April 6, 2022

When Mei Chi arrived in Germany, she faced several challenges caused by the language and cultural barrier. Not understanding German can result in some minor inconveniences that make funny stories later on, but other misunder…

Adapting To Life In Germany

Writing a Eurovision song, and traveling to the Arctic and Antarctic (Fadi from the UK)

March 2, 2022

Fadi Gaziri returns to the show to talk about writing a song for the Eurovision song contest. We talk about why we love the Eurovision song contest so much, what makes a good Eurovision song, and how countries select their e…

Choosing a rural life, coming to Germany as a lawyer, and a giant tea cup (Rachel from South Africa)

Feb. 23, 2022

It only took 106 episodes, but Shaun finally has a South African guest on the podcast! Rachel is a lawyer (also a first) who has only been in Germany for a few weeks. She discusses her first impressions of Germany, choosing …

Adapting To Life In Germany

Visa struggles, escaping the pandemic on an organic farm, and being a musician in Germany (Laura Osburn from Canada)

Feb. 16, 2022

Laura Osburn is a singer/songwriter from Canada who came to Germany in January 2020 to work on her album and play live shows – and both those plans have been derailed by COVID. We talk about her struggles to get a long-term …

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 …

Guest: Nina
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Podcasts, why we love them, and how they help foreigners (Marina and Greta from Buongiorno Bitch)

Feb. 2, 2022

Marina is from Spain and Greta is from Italy, and together they host a podcast called Buongiorno Bitch . They join me to discuss our love for podcasts, and how they can help foreigners. We also talk about how both of them en…

Charity challenge wrap-up, and when The Germany Experience will be back

Dec. 29, 2021

The 2021 charity challenge between Nicole of The Expat Cast and I is done, and we have a winner! We were able to raise a combined total of 1065€ for Kinderlachen, a charity that helps children in need. Thank you to everyone …

2021 lows and highs and a charity challenge update with Nicole of the Expat Cast

Dec. 22, 2021

Recorded as an Instagram Live on 21 December 2021. Nicole of The Expat Cast joins me to discuss our low and high points of 2021, and to give an update on our annual charity challenge, this year called ThrEGEPADFO. I also rea…

Adapting To Life In Germany

Making German easier with “-chen” endings, a PhD as a job, and Germans take long to say goodbye (Jeanette from the USA)

Dec. 15, 2021

Jeanette from the USA moved to Germany to continue her studies, and ended up in a PhD program in Aachen. She discusses her experiences making friends while studying, learning German, and her life as a PhD student in Germany.…