Episodes

One year anniversary live stream - recorded 29th May 2020

May 30, 2020

Recorded from a Facebook live stream to celebrate one year of The Germany Experience podcast. I answer listener questions, list my top 5 highlights of having a podcast, and talk to previous guests on the show. Dwight's YouTube show: I, Skylab Follow Nina on Instagram . Follow Sisy the Hamster on In…

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You go me on the cookie! (Dana Newman from Wanted Adventure)

May 25, 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 n…

Guest: Dana Newman
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Seven months as an exchange student in Germany (Montana Showalter from the USA)

May 18, 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, Monta…

Learning German Adapting To Life In Germany

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

May 11, 2020

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 Germany. He also discusses his path to Germany, learning German through Mem…

Parenting In Germany Adapting To Life In Germany

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

May 4, 2020

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 the chance to experience travel in Europe, some insights into traveling with…

German Culture

German culture: The top 10 grossing German movies (Dominik from the Ach! podcast)

April 28, 2020

A good way to explore Germany's culture is through its movies. And what better way to do that than to look at the German movies that have had the most success in Germany? But you'll be surprised at the movies that the Germans have flocked to see at the cinemas! In fact, think of the most famous Ger…

Homebrewing beer (Greg & Brigida)

April 23, 2020

The guest in the previous episode, Greg, is a homebrewing enthusiast, and he talks about his adventures and misadventures brewing beer. He also discusses his website, Brew Wizard , that helps you create recipes and gives detailed instructions on how to brew beer. https://www.brew-wizard.com/ Connec…

Adapting To Life In Germany

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

April 21, 2020

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 they made their time in Germany work. We also talk about life with small kid…

BONUS - Poetry in Berlin, feminism, and diversity (Deenara from Russia)

April 13, 2020

Deenara from Russia appeared in episode 38, about mental health in Germany. However, her original interview with Berlin-based journalist Daria Sukharchuk also included her talking about her time in Germany. Here is the rest of that interview. Interview recorded and edited by Daria Sukharchuk. Deena…

German Language

Some German idioms (Steph Fuccio from USA)

April 6, 2020

Steph Fuccio, host of the Geopats podcast, is new to Germany and to the German language. So as a new learner, I thought it would be fun to throw some German idioms at her and see if she could figure them out. If you're new to the German language (or even if you are not), it's fun to listen along an…

Adapting To Life In Germany

Dealing with depression in Germany (Deenara from Russia)

March 30, 2020

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 from Republic of Tatarstan in Russia, is a tech professional and poet liv…

Adapting To Life In Germany

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

March 23, 2020

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 anchor for OstWest TV , online critics, stalker problems, and stereotypes som…

Coronavirus and COVID-19 in Germany (with Nicole from The Expat Cast and Steph from Geopats)

March 16, 2020

Since COVID-19 in Germany got "real" on Friday 13th March, I felt I had to discuss it. And who better than to discuss it with than two other podcasters: Nicole from The Expat Cast and Steph from Geopats . We cover our personal situations, fake news, coping with the heaviness of a pandemic, how peop…

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Leaving Germany after a decade (Natalie from the UK)

March 9, 2020

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 how she got to this point. She also discusses the importance of using mee…

Adapting To Life In Germany German Language

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

March 2, 2020

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 command of both German and English, she has a lot of insights about being bi…

Adapting To Life In Germany

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

Feb. 23, 2020

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 his early 40s, he was still fluent in German and understood what made the G…

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 PODCAST

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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 she loves it. We brush up on the origins of Carnival, we discuss some of t…