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Are Germans really efficient? Do they like order? Are they as punctual as everyone says they are? Nicole Palazzo, a US expat living in Germany and the host of The Expat Cast, helps me confirm or bust common stereotypes and cliches about Germans.Discuss your opinions on these stereotypes in the Expat Life Germany Facebook group! And also: let us know of any we missed, or ones that might be common in your area of Germany.The cult British show that Germans watch every year on New Year's Eve: Dinner for OneFind Nicole:The Expat Cast podcastThe Expat Cast on InstagramMail Nicole: theexpatcast@gmail.comExpat Life Germany:Facebook page Facebook groupWebsiteInstagramTwitter
Tim Bourguignon is a French citizen who moved to Germany to be with his wife. He describes himself as coming in four flavors: Agile Coach, Chief Learning Officer, Mentoring Advocate, and Public Speaker. He also hosts a podcast called Software Developer’s Journey. After bad experiences learning German in school, Tim picked up German again years later when he actually moved to the country. In our interview, we discuss how his learning was aided by his colleagues, the Volkshochschule (adult education centers in Germany), and...the Wise Guys. We also cover how he handles three languages at home, some advice for making friends (care of the Holstee manifesto), and keeping in touch with friends and family back home.Tim's Website: https://www.timbourguignon.fr/Tim's Podcast (Software Developer's Journey): http://podcast.devjourney.info/
Every month end, I'll take a look at some of the most interesting topics of the previous month. This time, Abi from IamExpat.de joins me with her pick of stories from June 2019. Also, Shaun runs through the top scams that expats need to be weary of, namely apartment scams, job scams, and financial scams. He also suggests two golden rules to help prevent getting scammed. For the full show notes and other links: Episode 5: Don't Get Scammed + IamExpat.de Round-Up with AbiYou also still have until July 17th to win one of two copies of From the Bürgeramt to the Bedroom: just sign up for my newsletter to get entered into the draw! 
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 meetups to learn German and meet people, the things she won't miss, why people have to give way to the right on the roads here in Germany, and...jousting.Natalie is Prattilicious (!!!) on Instagram and Eat With Your Belly on Facebook. Read her old blog posts on Eat With Your Belly.Coronavirus: Edeka has a survival pack and an ice cream dealer in Munich has a novel new flavor. Links to episodes, my newsletter, and my social media: thegermanyexperience.de/subscribeJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience website. 
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 Germans tick. He thought this would make integration easy, but in fact, it did not. Klaus discusses finding a job in Germany, photoshopping CV photos, losing a job, why you should avoid German sensationalist media, and experiencing loneliness. You can connect with Klaus on Twitter and LinkedIn.Give me a 5-star review to balance out the angry 1-star review: The Germany Experience on Apple PodcastsLinks to episodes, my newsletter, and my social media: thegermanyexperience.de/subscribeListen to my guest appearance on The Expat Experience podcast. JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience website.
Donate to my cause in the expat podcasters charity challenge (aka #FEGEPADFO): Donate to Lebenshilfe Bad WindsheimFor many people who are planning to come to Germany, the Freelance Visa might be the way to go. It allows you to provide freelance services in Germany, and you don't need an official job offer to get it. But how do you get it? And is it suitable for your goals?I am joined by the very knowledgeable James Meads of LiveWorkGermany.com, who explains what the German Freelance Visa is, who can get it, how to apply, and what you need to know about it. Live Work Germany is also offering an online Freelance Visa course. You can also find LiveWorkGermany on Facebook and YouTube.Join the Expat Life Germany mailing list.Discuss your opinions on this episode in the Expat Life Germany Facebook group!Visit the official podcast website: Expat Life Germany
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 teens, and how they're dealing with the loss of travel freedom that the coronavirus has caused.Linda's blog: Travelteening Practical tips for traveling with teens: How to (Nearly) Master Traveling with TeensFollow Linda on Instagram and Facebook.Other notes:Hairdressers are open again: https://m.dw.com/en/germanys-hair-salons-set-to-open-for-business/a-53297699Thousands march in Stuttgart in protest with coronavirus measures: https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/corona-beschraenkungen-grossdemonstration-in-stuttgart-a-da9b207a-7018-4c9a-9219-b8930fce158dThe coronavirus post: https://thegermanyexperience.de/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/corona-freedom.jpgLinks to more The Germany Experience episodes, my newsletter, and my social media: thegermanyexperience.de/subscribeJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience website.
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, Montana discusses the differences in culture between the US and Germany, how coronavirus cut her Germany stay short, how Germany changed her, and of course, her YouTube success.Watch her videos: Montana Showalter's YouTube channelTwo of her videos we mention in the interview:"Who am I?" - A Personal Essay From My Exchange YearForced To Leave Germany (Statement Of Departure)Montana on Instagram: Montana.ShowalterThe exchange program Montana was on: CBYX CIEEThe festival in Passau that Montana mentioned: Passauer DultLinks to more The Germany Experience episodes, my newsletter, and my social media: thegermanyexperience.de/subscribeJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience website. 
(This is the podcast previously known as Expat Life Germany.In the first few years in Germany, things weren't always easy for Sindy from Hong Kong. As is the experience of many foreigners living abroad, she faced painful and difficult moments. And it was exactly these moments that drove her to not only adapt and learn the language, but also to thrive. Sindy's Blog: My Life In GermanyFind her on: FacebookTwitterInstagramJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience website.
There are a lot of people—expats and Germans alike—who are not pleased about the e-scooter situation in big cities since it became legal for them to share bicycle paths and roads. E-scooter riders are apparently fast, reckless, and they just leave them parked anywhere and everywhere. But surely it can't be that bad? I decided to ask around in forums to get a feeling for the zeitgeist at the moment, and it turns out most people are, in fact, annoyed. Very annoyed.I also discuss how communicating in German with Germans can leave you feeling like they're not experiencing the real "you" (as well as maybe a little stupid). Plus: I announce the winners of the copies of "From the Bürgeramt to the Bedroom" books I was giving away. Visit the episode blog: https://expatlifegermany.de/10
Mari is a US expat living in Germany. She's also a writer and an avid pug fan. She discusses what it's like being an English-speaking writer in Germany, her book "The God Queen", and how to bring a dog from USA into Germany. To win a signed copy of "The God Queen", find the episode post on one of the Expat Life Germany social media channels and follow the instructions:Expat Life Germany Facebook (share the episode post and message the Expat Life Germany account to let me know)Expat Life Germany Instragram (tag a friend or friends on the episode post)Expat Life Germany Twitter (retweet the episode post) Doing the above will enter you into the draw to win the book. You can be entered once for each platform, so that means you can be entered a maximum of three times. I'll do the draw on 22 October and announce the winner on the show on 28 October. Find Mari: The Adventures of La Mari on YouTubeM.L Tishner blog (her writing site)Advetures of La Mari blog (her travel adventures)Mari on InstagramMari on Twitter
Michael Silberman lives in the USA, but Germany is certainly intertwined with his life over there. His parents left Nazi Germany (and were stripped of their German citizenship) to start a new life in the States, and this heritage led to a fascination with Germany. Michael spent some time in Murnau am Staffelsee and Augsburg back in the 80s, when he studied German at the Goethe Institute. More recently, he became a German when he got his dual citizenship through Article 116, which restores German citizenship to families of those who had their citizenship revoked during the Third Reich.Michael has also founded a few companies, was once a professional bepop jazz guitarist (he played with jazz legend Joe Pass), and gets tattoos with famous basketball players. In our interview we discuss what 80s Germany was like, the differences to modern Germany, and how making mistakes in German can lead to trouble. Michael Silberman on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaeldsilberman/Michael's current business venture: GoDcoin 
Anna Noakes Schulze from Canada presented a TEDx talk called “Living Abroad Teaches Us the Power of Connections”, and in it she tells her own expat story to demonstrate how those that we make connections with shape our lives and who we are, even if we don't live near them. This will resonate with many expats, and so I invited her to come on the show. In this interview, she expands on the TEDx talk to reveal her wisdom and insights that describe the expat experience. She discusses the question of identity, learning German too fast, raising special needs children in Germany, and of course, the talk itself. Anna Noakes Schulz is in the Expat Life Germany Facebook group, so if you have questions about her TEDx talk or her interview on the podcast, you can ask her there!Anna’s Website: https://www.sunflowerux.com/Anna on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annanoakesschulze/The Chrome plugin Anna mentioned for managing your social media feed: Social FixerVisit my website: https://expatlifegermany.deMusic used in this episode: Until the End by Ryan Anderson; the theme song is “Devil In My Head” by 10 Cent Janes. 
Meet Shannon from the USA, whose family were expats in Germany from 2009 until 2013. When they returned to the States, they realized their hearts were still in Germany, and so they immediately started making plans to go back. Shannon talks about falling in love with the German way of life, making compromises for the greater good, and getting out of the expat bubble. Follow Shannon on Instagram: @churchbellsandbicyclesIf you're a woman and an expat living abroad, Shannon would love to hear from you! Visit the blog post for this episode: Ep.8: Shannon from USA - Church Bells and Bicycles Join the discussion in the podcast’s Facebook group! 
Beth from the USA moved to Germany to be with her husband, and she found that her adjustment period resembled the 5 stages of culture shock very closely. We talk about how she dealt with each stage, and where she is now on the curve. We also talk about how fencing is actually the perfect coronavirus sport. And, her cat makes an appearance. Read the blog post that we reference in the interview: The 5 phases of culture shock and how to go through smoothly Follow Beth on Instagram.Links to more The Germany Experience episodes, my newsletter, and my social media: thegermanyexperience.de/subscribeJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP
Christy is a southern liberal who opened a coffee shop in Germany. Over a Pfälzer Weinschorle, she discusses how she tried to integrate herself the “right” way, how Germany is not the best country for special needs children, not going back to the States for 10 years, and how Germans are racist in a “I didn’t mean anything by it” kind of way. We also talk about her coffee shop. Find Christy on Instagram: ChristyTheExpat and ChristysCoffee.deDurian fruit causes evacuation of a post office: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/23/smelly-durian-fruit-evacuation-bavarian-post-officeVisit myGermany.com and get 10% off your first shipment by entering GERMANYXP10 when you register. Links to more The Germany Experience episodes, my newsletter, and my social media: https://thegermanyexperience.de/subscribeJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP
Lori from USA has been teaching English in Germany for almost 40 years, so it’s not surprising that she has a thing or two to say about learning new languages. In fact, her language pedigree goes back to even before she moved to Germany, when she was a German high school teacher in the States. In this interview, Lori’s wisdom and wit shine through as she discusses how she got started teaching in Germany at a Volkshochschule, how speaking a language doesn’t necessarily mean you understand the culture, the importance of good pronunciation when learning a second language, and raising children in a bilingual household. I’d love to have Lori back on a future episode, so if you have questions related to language or culture, we can try benefit from Lori’s wisdom! Send them here: expatlifegermany@gmail.com Want to discuss this episode? Join the Facebook group and give us your opinion: Expat Life Germany Facebook GroupIf you’d like to be on the show yourself: https://expatlifegermany.de/be-on-the-show
In order to better understand the music tastes of Germans, Craig from Scotland joins me to look at the top 10 selling musical artists in Germany. This includes German and international acts who have sold the most albums since the BVMI started certifying albums back in 1975. You can find the list on Wikipedia. To better get to know the German acts on this list, I put together a YouTube and Spotify playlist: Top German acts playlist on YouTubeTop German acts playlist on SpotifyThe bands and artists we discuss: Helene FischerMarius Müller-WesternhagenMadonnaQueenDie Toten HosenRolf ZuckowskiPhil CollinsPeter MaffayHerbert GrönemeyerWe also discuss Craig's path to Germany, and he gives us some of his own recommendations of German bands you should check out: Raindance KidJonas KünnerChildren of BoredomM and the CongregationSubscribe to Craig's podcast:On AppleOn SpotifyFollow Craig on Instagram and Facebook. JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience website.
What exactly is an "expat"? Turns out this question is not as straight forward as Shaun used to think. He goes into some of the problems surrounding the terminology, and also defines his interpretation of it for the podcast. He also reads out Apple Podcast reviews for the show, talks about some blog posts on the Expat Life Germany website (5 Cultural Things to Expect in a German Workplace and Germans Are Weird About Birthdays), and discusses the traditions around the first day of school in Germany.The Schultüte: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schult%C3%BCteExpatriate on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExpatriateSteph Fuccio's article about Geopats: https://medium.com/@stephfuccio/geopat-not-expat-df5e229210b7Steph Fuccio's website: https://www.stephfuccio.com/The Settle In Berlin article: "Expat" or "Immigrant"?Shaun will be appearing on The Expat Cast this week! Visit Expat Life Germany for more episodes and blog posts.
When learning a new language, it takes a long time before you're able to express yourself and articulate your thoughts, and so it's easy to feel like you're coming across as dumb. This is just one of the topics that Natalie, a stay-at-home mum from Australia, discusses about her time in Germany.She also discusses her approach to her toddler's language learning, who is a child with an Australian mother and an Italian/German father, and who is growing up in German culture. Plus, Natalie has always needed to be creative, and that's something she needs to align with being a parent and living as an expat in a country where it might not be that easy to move into a creative career. Visit the official podcast page: expatlifegermany.deAnd listen to the show next week when the winners of the "From the Bürgeramt to the Bedroom" book will be announced! 
The Germany Experience is a podcast about experiencing Germany through the eyes of outsiders - like immigrants, expats, tourists, and more. Here is a trailer to give you a taste of the kinds of conversations and stories you'll hear.Also featuring current topics and discussions about life in Germany as a foreigner, The Germany Experience should be in the podcast players of anyone with an interest in what it's like to live in Germany. Visit the show's site: Expat Life GermanyFollow on InstagramFollow the Facebook PageFollow on Twitter
Click here for the full show notesBuy the book on Amazon: From the Bürgeramt to the BedroomFrom the Bürgeramt to the Bedroom is a book aimed at new expats in Germany. It provides advice for common situations that expats will find themselves in, like going to the Bürgeramt, finding an apartment, or recycling garbage. It also features a useful vocabulary list for each situation. Shaun interviews the writers learns why they wrote the book, the process of getting it published, why one of the writers was once the most hated person in Latvia, and how Germans really feel about their pillows. Visit their website, or follow them on Twitter and on Facebook.To win one of two copies of the book, sign up to the Expat Life Germany newsletter.Here's the blog that got Linda O'Grady in trouble: Moving to RigaAnd the video that redeemed her: You Want Me To Do What?
Dwight Steven-Boniecki is an Australian transmission controller, writer, and film maker living in Cologne, Germany. He explains how he ended up in Germany and he shares his advice for expats (it has to do with dealing with the German authorities). He also has a tip for job seekers in Germany: request a straight vodka from the interviewers at the end. Plus: the world premier of a song Dwight co-wrote, called “Who Threw That Rock”, which may or may not be the greatest song ever written.Shaun also rounds up some other topics that might be of interest to expats: there are proposals to increase the already-too-expensive Rundfunktbeitrag, the FIFA Women’s World Cup starts soon, and E-Scooters may now utilize bicycle paths and streets. For detailed show notes, go to https://expatlifegermany.de/2Join the discussion on the podcast Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/699697987116101/?source_id=318414185502643
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/Connect with Greg on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cainde9Links to more The Germany Experience episodes, my newsletter, and my social media: thegermanyexperience.de/subscribeJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience website.
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 kids, what it's like to move to another country when you suffer from anxiety, and German beer. Connect with Greg on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cainde9Greg's brewing recipe site: https://www.brew-wizard.com/Other notes:Spargel (asparagus) drive-through in Brandenburg: https://twitter.com/rbb24/status/1249718683330633731?s=20My guest appearance on the Desi In Wonderland YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/7-fSWHmF3tELinks to more The Germany Experience episodes, my newsletter, and my social media: thegermanyexperience.de/subscribeJOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUPVisit the official The Germany Experience website.
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Started
May 19th, 2019
Latest Episode
Jul 20th, 2020
Release Period
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No. of Episodes
62
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36 minutes
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