I started listening to this podcast around an year ago, and was recently able to complete listening to all the episodes. I am an Indian, looking to move to Germany in the coming years and came across this channel intentionally searching for exactly what this podcast brings - stories of foreigners in Germany. It strikes a perfect balance between fun and informative and Shaun is an amazing host and makes the episodes really coherent and nice to listen to. I will now add the Expat Cast to my playlist considering Shaun's recommendations. Best of luck! Keep this going. I will hopefully get to be a guest when/if I move to Germany.
I am about to move to Germany soon and don't want to start from zero. This is where this podcast comes very handy for me personally. Thanks! Keep up the good work!
I joined this podcast just a couple of weeks ago. I'm a German native who's trying to improve her English by listening English podcasts as much as possible. So my experience with English podcasts is quite wide. When I started first listening your podcast I was like 'Okay, give it a try, even though I probably know everything the expats will talk about, since after all I'm a German' But I have to confess your podcast is so informative and inspiring that I can't stop listen to it. Becoming aware of things that Germans consider quite normal indeed gives me a different view of my country - positive as well as negativ. Every episode, every single story is so exciting. Btw, I named my review "Auf Wiederhören" as I'm always pleased to hear your lively and enthusiastic voice at the end of the episode.
I've been enjoying the podcast for a few months now and love the breadth of topics covered. I've been in Germany only about 6 months and have learned so much. The podcast helps me avoid surprises and be ready for anything that may come my way. I really appreciate the research that goes into each episode and how easy-going the conversations are to listen to. Thank you!
I have listened too all the episodes, yes all, and love each one. The guest are amazing and Shaun is a great host. I have been living in Germany for 5 years and listening to the experiences reminds me that everyone has a rough time at some point. Keep up the work Shaun so I have more content for my Spaziergänge :)
Hey I’m Cynthia, and I have to say, I’m in love with your podcast. I went to Germany a few years back and really loved it there, but from a tourist point of view but starting this year I started thinking about moving there with my wife. Your podcast is so on point and just nice to listen to. I’m from Dominican Republic so my country is very very different from Germany so I do appreciate your info a lot because it’s rich on information but also a lot of fun. Thanks!
I am planning to move to Germany soon and found this podcast super helpful. But I listen to this podcast also because I just enjoy hearing the compelling stories and the thoughtful interviews.
Kind of a great chat. But ... (the German here) as to humor: everybody has a different view on it. But being German _I_ would say that a lot of humor, if one could call it that, in the US is primitive "Schadenfreude". People tumbling and falling. What is humorous about that? That is definitely not German humor. We like to make jokes where the punch line contains an unexpected turn of the situation or the perception of it. Then homonyms with a double meaning. Etc. But Schadenfreude is not the essence of German humor. I would consider that kind as being at the bottom of the scale. It is as intellectually correct as reading the Bild Zeitung. Which many people do (For the sports section like Playboy is read for the interesting articles.) A lot of humor requires the cultural background to understand. Which foreigners will not have in most cases. Hope you get the attempt at humor in my comment.
Thank you Shaun and all contributors! We're a family of Americans who will soon be making a corporate move to Germany. This podcast was the first we found while preparing to move, and it's been a gentle and relatable introduction to German culture. We've taken your book recommendations and other media suggestions, and have had the true joy and relief of being able to say "We know!" when someone in our lives has given us German travel and living advice. We'll continue to be listeners. Thank you for your help! Sara and Paul in South Carolina, USA
I found this podcast whilst I was searching for idioms in German since I am learning the language, and now I listen to this podcast all the time, I am not someone who is really listening to podcasts but this one is really fun and interesting. I am from England and I live in Austria, I wish there was such podcast and information here but nevertheless it is nice to listen to how other people are living as an expat in a country where they speak their second language. Thanks.
Sitting in my job in Ohio and dreaming of going to Europe during the Coronaviruses, this podcast gives me a nice retreat, well done
Found this podcast by accident and got curious about what immigrants think about my country. The show is quite entertaining, although somewhat infuriating. After ~60 episodes I'm convinced this whole thing is an elaborate scam with the sole purpose of triggering German listeners by sneaking in small mistakes and misconceptions, just to trick them into sending angry letters with corrections. I found this concept rather original and amusing until the host brought in allegedly German guest Nina who had the audacity to claim Köftespieß was the same as Kebab. That's just not funny anymore. Other than that the host and guests seem nice enough. I told my expat friends about the podcast and they said (quote) "You know you've really run out of stuff to do when you're listening to podcasts about learning how to live in a country you've already been in for 35 years" and they're not wrong.
es ist mittwoch meine kerle ist von r/ich_iel(das deutsche gegenstück von r/i_irl), nicht von r/de. digga wird von jedem benutzt, auch teens. btw denke ich nicht, dass jugendsprache nur von nflix kommt. eine gute quelle für memes wäre you looked.exe. und wenn du einen amerikaner beim meme reacted sehen willst, schau dir james bray an.
I came across this podcast when I was part of the parkrun group interviewed for one of the earlier podcasts. I have become a regular listener (having never really been a podcast listener before). I have lived in Germany for 7 years and to listen to other people’s experiences and realize that I am not alone or crazy, has been wonderful. I love the humour in these podcasts, I love the sincerity, I love the sympathy and I love the honesty. Anyone who has moved to Germany or thinking of moving to Germany should have a listen.
While I might be tolerated as a tourist, welcomed even, my age alone would prevent me from being long term German resident potential. Nevertheless, I am bingeing on episodes of The Germany Experience thanks to the fascinating, entertaining guests What an amazing cross-section of people—I hope there is no end to them. Well done, Sean for finding them. Even if they may have found you. What a group they would make at a party. No one would want to go home.
I love hearing these interviews, and comparing the experiences of modern-day expats with mine from the year I spent in Germany in the late 1960’s. Shaun and his guests approach the subject of adapting to life in Germany with humor, exceptional insight, and a display of sentiment. Thanks to all of them for sharing with Shaun’s listeners!!
Each episode has something that speaks to me... I love it! I found the Fasching episode interesting because not all of us are big fans of it. There are pros and cons to wherever you live. Dankeschön 😊
I’ve been a fan of this podcast for a few months now, and it’s only getting better as Shaun settles into a unique style and direction. He’s got a great radio voice, and takes the time plan out his interviews and topics well, with impressive editing. I’m excited to see what he’s got in store for 2020. I’d love to hear more funny topics, more controversial topics, and of course more advice about German bureaucracy and how to navigate it all. Maybe an interview with an Ausländerbehörde Beamter? Keep up the great work!
Very lively podcast with a whole bunch of stories and practical advices. Way to go Shaun!
So many different stories of people with diverse backgrounds end up discovering the joys (and sometimes woes) of living in Germany. Thanks to Shaun we get to hear and learn from them! Hope to enjoy many more new episodes... :)
This podcast lets me appreciate my home country more and more. Shaun does a great job as a host, has a good voice, and I like his eyes.
Love this podcast. Gives a good overview and tips. Shaun is a super Host and very likeable. Will be waiting and listening out for the next episodes. Thanks!