Episodes

Adapting To Life In Germany

Feeling weighed down by the pandemic, and making the trip back home (Beth from the USA)

April 20, 2021

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. …

Finding A Job & Working In Germany

BONUS - My experiences searching for jobs and working in Germany (Lisa Janz interviews me)

April 18, 2021

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 Ger…

Guest: Lisa Janz
Finding A Job & Working In Germany

What do you want from a job in Germany? (with Lisa Janz from Job Coach Germany)

April 12, 2021

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 fo…

Guest: Lisa Janz

RERUN: Being far from family when losing someone, making friends through team sports, and security in Germany (Rafael from Brazil)

April 6, 2021

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 fa…

Adapting To Life In Germany

Finding an apartment in Germany: tips, advice, etiquette, and other things you need to know (Madalina from Relosophy)

March 29, 2021

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 get…

Finding A Job & Working In Germany

Job search and working in Germany: expectations vs. reality, work contracts, and corporates vs. start-ups (Jana from Meetra)

March 21, 2021

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, a…

German Culture Featuring Nina

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…

Guest: Nina
Adapting To Life In Germany Making Friends In Germany

Making long-term German friends, reverse parking, and origins of German idioms (Q&A session)

March 8, 2021

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 channel Some…

Adapting To Life In Germany

Sparkling wine receptions, digitization, WG living, and coming to Germany on a scholarship (Alex from the USA)

March 1, 2021

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 opport…

Adapting To Life In Germany

How German changes your identity (Geoff and Alex from Americans in Germany Drinking Whiskey)

Feb. 22, 2021

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 sudd…

Finding A Job & Working In Germany

The job application process in Germany: Misconceptions, insights and tips (Ivan from Bulgaria)

Feb. 15, 2021

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 joi…

The gender expatriation gap, trailing spouses, and the expat skill pool in Germany (Amaia from Spain)

Feb. 8, 2021

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 conditio…

Cost of living in Germany in 2021 (Jen from Simple Germany)

Feb. 1, 2021

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 S…

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

Dec. 28, 2020

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…

Adapting To Life In Germany

Learning assertiveness from Germans, and growing to love a city (Jenna from Canada)

Dec. 14, 2020

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 s…

Adapting To Life In Germany

Coming to Germany during a pandemic (Cassie from Australia)

Dec. 7, 2020

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 d…

Adapting To Life In Germany

Singing soul in Germany, and BLM from a distance (Alicia from the USA)

Nov. 30, 2020

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 turbul…

Advent Charity Challenge Announcement - SEGEPADFO

Nov. 29, 2020

Visit the official SEGEPADFO page for more information! As we did last year, Nicole of The Expat Cast (my sworn rival) and I will be facing off to see who can raise the most money for charity this Advent. SEGEPADFO stands fo…

Adapting To Life In Germany Making Friends In Germany

Antoinette Emily from New Zealand

Nov. 23, 2020

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, t…

Adapting To Life In Germany

"Germany chose me" (Sneha from India)

Nov. 16, 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 co…

Adapting To Life In Germany

Teenagers' perspective: Life in Germany & traveling with family (Anna & Alex from the USA)

Nov. 9, 2020

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…

German Culture German Language Adapting To Life In Germany

Ask a German: Bureaucracy, German pillows, standing in line, and recruitment through fruit (Dominik, Jürgen & Philipp from Ach?)

Nov. 2, 2020

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 tha…

Adapting To Life In Germany Parenting In Germany

Learning about "Mittagsruhe", integrating through a "Kinderladen", and the impact of Brexit (Fiona from the UK)

Oct. 26, 2020

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 experi…

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

Oct. 19, 2020

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 spe…