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The Germany Experience

Author: Shaun Behrens

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Life in Germany, as seen through the eyes of outsiders. Featuring the stories of foreigners who moved to Germany - either temporarily or permanently - and tips and advice for life in Germany. Get an inside view of the joys, the frustrations, and the quirks of adapting to the culture and learning German. New episodes every Monday.
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If things in Germany continue easing up, vacation will again be possible this summer. A very popular tourist destination is the mountainous region of Bavaria. Ceri, originally from the UK, runs a mountain tour and trekking company there called Four Elements. She joins me to discuss how to avoid tourist hot spots in the mountains this summer, how to prepare for a trip, and also how her love for the outdoors has shaped her time in Germany. Ceri's mountain tour company: https://www.4elements.eu/Karwendel, the hiking region she mentioned: https://www.alpenwelt-karwendel.de/German Alpine Club (Deutscher Alpenverein): https://www.alpenverein.de/Ceri on Instagram: @4elements.eu and @ceri_templeCeri on Facebook: @4elements.eu (https://www.facebook.com/4elements.eu)Ceri's podcast, The Grow Zone - Real Time Adventurers: https://anchor.fm/thegrowzoneTry out Wunderbla together with ShaunWunderbla by Gymglish is an online German course for non-beginners (levels A2-C1). You get daily lessons that take around 20 minutes to complete, with immediate corrections.Try it out for one month for free, with no obligations: https://thegermanyexperience.de/germanI'd love to hear your thoughts about the course!JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.deSubscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperienceReview the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.deI'm looking for guests for The Germany Experience. If you'd like to come on the show, send me your details!
Nadja Todt was born and raised in Germany, but spent 11 years abroad. She describes herself as a global citizen, change-maker, international experience expert, community connector and mentor, and a German and English language consultant. Nadja offers a program called "45 Days to Meaningful Friendships and Connections", and so I asked her to come on the podcast and discuss her insights. Her discussion centers around the what she sees as three central topics of making friendships: knowing yourself, being aware of your communication style, and making deeper connections. Nadja's links: 45 Days to Meaningful Friendships and Connections programSurvival German with NadjaNadja on FacebookNadja on InstagramNadja on LinkedInTry out Wunderbla together with ShaunWunderbla by Gymglish is an online German course for non-beginners (levels A2-C1). You get daily lessons that take around 20 minutes to complete, with immediate corrections. Try it out for one month for free, with no obligations:  Learn German with WunderblaI'd love to hear your thoughts about the course! JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience websiteSubscribe to the YouTube channel: The Germany ExperienceReview the podcast Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.deI'm looking for guests for The Germany Experience. If you'd like to come on the show, send me your details!
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.Back in 2020, Germany was doing great with its handling of the pandemic: cases were down in summer, and there was even a degree of normality creeping back into every day life. The rest of the world envied Germany. However, in winter of 2020, things took a drastic turn. Since then, Germany has endured seemingly never-ending lockdowns, a failed vaccination roll-out, and inconsistent government response to the pandemic. Meanwhile, some countries – like the USA, the UK, Australia and New Zealand – are all doing better than Germany and life is beginning to get back to "normal". Coping with the current situation in Germany, seeing  things improve in other countries, and not having seen family back home for an unusually long period of time have all led foreigners here to feeling frustrated, depressed, and many other emotions. And the thought of making the trip back to their home country is now a realistic option. Beth, who is from the USA, understands these feelings all too well, and has in fact just made the trip back home. We discuss the current mindset of foreigners in Germany, with the help of audio clips from several YouTubers, podcasters, and past guests. We also consider whether the current situation in Germany makes foreigners want to pack up and leave for good. And finally, I find out from Beth what making that difficult trip back home is like. Featuring audio contributions from: Antoinette Emily, taken from her YouTube video, "THE TRUTH ABOUT MY LIFE IN GERMANY RIGHT NOW"Jenna, who hosts the YouTube channel, Life In GermanyFiona (@volbeat_flo) Raphael (@rpwerner)Nicole of The Expat CastLawin of the Pop Your Cultural Cherry podcastThe previous episode Beth was on: The 5 phases of cultural shockTHANK YOU to all those who sent in their feedback and recorded audio clips for this episode!OTHER SHOW NOTES: My guest appearance on Jenna's Life In Germany channel: BUT CAN A FOREIGNER REALLY LIVE IN A SMALL GERMAN VILLAGE?!The episode of my other podcast, Die Deutsche und der Ausländer, that Beth references (it's German): Urlaub in Coronazeiten und was Deutsche im Urlaub so tunJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience websiteSubscribe to the YouTube channel: The Germany ExperienceReview the podcast Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.deI'm looking for guests for The Germany Experience. If you'd like to come on the show, send me your details!
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 Germany. We also discuss workplace culture shocks, interviews while wearing ripped trousers, and more. Watch the interview on Facebook here.Lisa's Website: lisajanz.comLisa on Facebook: Lisa Janz - Job Coach GermanyLisa on Instagram: @lisa_janz_jobcoachgermany
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 foot in the door, and foreigners that have been here longer might feel like it's not possible to make a move. But it's important for your happiness that you consider what you really want - and that might even be something that you haven't realized yet. Lisa recently interviewed me on her Facebook channel, and I will be posting that interview as a bonus episode later this week. Lisa's Website: lisajanz.comLisa on Facebook: Lisa Janz - Job Coach GermanyLisa on Instagram: @lisa_janz_jobcoachgermanyOther things Lisa mentioned:YouTube video: Simon Sinek - Start With WhyBook recommendation: The Big Five for Life by John StreleckyJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience websiteSubscribe to the YouTube channel: The Germany ExperienceReview the podcast Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.deI'm looking for guests for The Germany Experience. If you'd like to come on the show, send me your details!
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 family.He's also a handball player, and he had the chance to make German friends through his love of the sport.We also discuss learning languages, Bulgarian wedding dance traditions, and more.UPDATE: Rafael still has not had the Bulgarian wedding he discusses due to coronavirus.Majestic handball Rafael: https://www.instagram.com/p/BSvnfjflJgR0f4nq-mjwHYcNRVdXQFuVk7MqKA0/?igshid=uouuiaedbbd3World Index tweet: most dangerous countriesBulgarian wedding dance: https://youtu.be/Bv8BRPO-EyU?t=37JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience websiteSubscribe to the YouTube channel: The Germany ExperienceReview the podcast Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.deI'm looking for guests for The Germany Experience. If you'd like to come on the show, send me your details!
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 getting an apartment in Germany - a process that starts before you even start your search. From doing your initial research and establishing your criteria, through writing a cover letter and putting together your portfolio, Madalina takes us through the steps and gives helpful advice along the way. We also talk about etiquette around the apartment search. Madalina's relocation agency in Munich: Relosophy Relosophy on Instagram: @relosophyMadalina on Instagram: @madalina_dragalinaThe accommodation search website Madalina mentioned: ImmoScout24OTHER SHOW NOTES:Guest appearance on Americans In Germany Drinking Whisky: Raising Children in GermanyJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience websiteSubscribe to the YouTube channel: The Germany ExperienceReview the podcast Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.deI'm looking for guests for The Germany Experience. If you'd like to come on the show, send me your details!
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, and that German companies are efficient. However, this is not necessarily the case.Jana from Meetra joins me to discuss what foreigners can actually expect regarding jobs and the workplace. We also discuss typical German work contracts ("Arbeitsverträge"), the importance of reference letters, and the differences between corporates and startups.The platform Jana co-founded to assist internationals to start their career in Germany: MeetraMeetra on Instagram: @askmeetraJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience websiteReview the podcast Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.deI'm looking for guests for The Germany Experience. If you'd like to come on the show, send me your details!
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 "Oh je" or "So!" in a conversation. Previous guest and resident German Nina joins me to try and explain some of these mannerisms to help us understand what they mean. Watch this interview on YouTube to see all the gestures.The German podcast that Nina and I host together is called Die Deutsche und der Ausländer: Listen to the show or watch on YouTubeWe discuss:Pech gehabt/selber SchuldOh je!Tja!So!Na?Two different "Hmmm" soundsBoah!Drücken die Daumen and "Toi toi toi!"The windshield wiper gesture ("Bist du bescheuert?")Rubbing fingers togetherPulling on the eye JeinKnocking on the table to applaudOTHER SHOW NOTES: On Saturday 20th March 2021 at 11am, Lisa Janz will interview me in a Facebook Livestream about my experience with finding jobs in Germany: Lisa Janz - Job Coach GermanyJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience website Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
 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 channelSome of the questions I answer: How can you develop close friendships with Germans?What are the reasons foreigners from developed countries decide to stay in Germany for the long-term?Why is cash such a prominent form of payment?What's up with all the reversing into parking spacesAntoinette Emily's YouTube channelJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience website Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
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 opportunity for coming to and staying in Germany, and how living in a WG has given her an insight into German life that she might not have had otherwise. She also talks about the German things that fascinate her: the lack of digitization, strange opening hours, and Kirchensteuer (church tax). And I discover that there is something called "Kinderlosenbeitrag", or "childless fee", which she has to pay because she has no children. Links to scholarship information that Alex mentioned:Fulbright programsGerman Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)Goethe Institute, which Alex to decide what she would be interested inInternational Parliamentary Scholarships, to work at the BundestagThe Instagram account Alex finds useful: @Deustschland_deFollow Alex on Instagram: @DeutschAFWatch this interview on YouTubeSend me your questions for me to answer on the next episode: Contact meSend a mail to: info@thegermanyexperience.deJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience website Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
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 suddenly feel like you're introverted and "boring" in social situations in Germany. And how do you deal with feeling that you can't show Germans the real "you"?I discuss this issue with the two hosts of Americans In Germany Drinking Whiskey, Geoff and Alex. We also hear about how they came to be in Germany, and just how much whiskey they actually drink every week.   OTHER SHOW NOTES:Contribute to the Expats & Spouses Monitor research project by completing their survey: Expat and Spouses Monitor 2021 JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience website Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
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 joined by Ivan from Bulgaria (and previous guest on the show), who has extensive experience working as an HR consultant in Germany - and has also applied for jobs in Germany himself. He shares his insights gathered from several years of experience.If you have specific questions for Ivan about the job application process in Germany, send them to info@thegermanyexperience.de, and we'll get him back on a later episode to answer them. Also, listen to a 2019 episode I did about finding a job in Germany: Finding and getting a job in GermanyFind Ivan on Instagram: @Ivan.og.vasilevAlso, follow Can You German?, the Instagram page Ivan runs together with Ricardo from Brazil. The episode about Can You German? that featured Ivan: Wurst/arsch/schwein idioms, why “Der/Die/Das” is weird, and sitting down to pee in Germany (Ricardo from Brazil & Ivan from Bulgaria)OTHER SHOW NOTES:Contribute to the Expats & Spouses Monitor research project by completing their survey: Expat and Spouses Monitor 2021JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
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 conditions of expatriates and their spouses or partners living in Germany. With this data, they hope to help stakeholders, such as German employers, implement policies and measures to improve integration of expats. The Expat and Spouses monitor is running a survey until 8th March 2021. If you are an expat living in Germany and want to share your experiences, complete the survey anonymously here: https://www.research.net/r/CNY959Y To get more information about why they started the project and what it's all about, Amaia joins me on the podcast. We also discuss the gender expatriation gap, what we know about expat spouses, and how better information can help German employers understand the benefits expats can bring to their organizations. Visit the Expats and Spouses Monitor site. Amaia also founded the International Business Women in Düsseldorf, which aims to create safe spaces for women in Düsseldorf to talk about their challenges, dreams and self-development possibilities.OTHER SHOW NOTES: My new podcast, in German: Die Deutsche und der AusländerA 5 star review from a German listener who finds the show entertaining, but infuriating :)JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
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 Simple Germany. She joins me to discuss her story, and the cost of living in Germany. As a basis for our discussion, we use her blog post, The Cost of Living in Germany in 2021 (Real-Life Case Study). We cover everything from rent, mobile phone contracts, insurance, taxes, and much more.But it's not just a discussion about costs; it's also a peek into Jen's life here in Germany with her wife, and her story. Also, be sure to check out the Simple Germany YouTube Channel.Other notes:Cost of living numbers for Germany on NumbeoUrban Sports ClubJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
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 this update episode. Plus: I'll tell you when I'll be back with new episodes. Thank you to everyone who donated! See our video promo outtakes: SEGEPADFO video promo outtakesThe project we were supporting: Portable kitchen for Über den Tellerrand Freiburg
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 she loves German barbecue culture.Jenna on Instagram: @lifeindusSEGEPADFO UPDATE:Nicole of The Expat Cast and I are going head-to-head to raise money for Über den Tellerrand - in specific, we're supporting a project of theirs to build a mobile kitchen. To find out more and to donate, visit our SEGEPADFO page:https://thegermanyexperience.de/charity2020Be sure to type "The Germany Experience" in the public comments field when you donate so that we know which show you're donating on behalf of!At the beginning of the drive, Nicole challenged me to write a jingle for SEGEPADFO. Then I counter-challenged her to sing backing vocals on it. Listen to the episode to hear the result :)OTHER SHOW NOTES:Google Trends top searches of 2020 for GermanyJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
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 discuss with her what it was like to move to Germany during a pandemic, and what her first impressions of Germany are. Cassie on Instagram: @cassie_slaterSEGEPADFO Charity ChallengeNicole of The Expat Cast and I are going head-to-head to raise money for Über den Tellerrand - in specific, we're supporting a project of theirs to build a mobile kitchen. To find out more and to donate, visit our SEGEPADFO page:https://thegermanyexperience.de/charity2020We're also doing challenges along the way, so stay tuned to both our shows for updates along the way. POSTCARDS FROM 2020:What was 2020 like for you? What did you learn? And most importantly, what message do you want to give to others? I want to compile your responses and put together an episode called Postcards from 2020. Send me your contributions: write me a message at TheGermanyExperience.de/contact, leave me a voice message through my website, or write me an email at info@thegermanyexperience.de.JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
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 turbulent year, what her feelings on Germany are, and how she was able to speak out for Black Lives Matter from Germany. Watch Alicia's BLM speech in HannoverVisit Alicia's website to watch videos of her performing and to learn more about her: Alicia Cibola MusicFollow her on Instagram: aliciacibolaAlicia on YouTube: Alicia CibolaSEGEPADFO:Advent time is also time for me to face off with my sworn rival, Nicole of The Expat Cast, to see who can raise the most money for charity. This year, the cause is funding a mobile kitchen in Freiburg for Über den Tellerrand. Über den Tellerrand aims to  create opportunities for people of different cultures to meet and and to integrate.For more information, visit TheGermanyExperience.de/Charity2020 POSTCARDS FROM 2020:What was 2020 like for you? What did you learn? And most importantly, what message do you want to give to others? I want to compile your responses and put together an episode called Postcards from 2020. Send me your contributions: write me a message at TheGermanyExperience.de/contact, leave me a voice message through my website, or write me an email at info@thegermanyexperience.de.JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
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, the importance of having international friends in Germany, raising bilingual children, why you probably shouldn't build a house in Germany, and, of course, her YouTube channel. Antoinette's YouTube channel: Antoinette EmilyAntoinette on Instagram: @antoinette_nzGERMAN UNCOVERED COURSE - BLACK FRIDAY DISCOUNT!The German Uncovered language course, plus bonsues, is discounted by $200 until 30th November 2020! You get the story-based language course, PLUS access to the German Grammar for Beginners and the German Accent and Pronunciation Masterclass courses. The discount code is BLKCM2020 . Use this link:German Uncovered Course - Black Friday Discount(I am an affiliate partner of Fluent Language, so if you sign up for that course using my link, you will be helping the show!)JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience websiteContact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
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