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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 Wednesday.

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 Wednesday.




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 Wednesday.






From long distance relationship to locked down together (Kaleena from the USA and Jan from Germany)

Kaleena is from the USA, and Jan is from Germany, and together they host the YouTube channel, Kaleena and Jan. Shortly after meeting each other, their relationship was forced to go through two phases by the pandemic: first, they had to conduct a long distance relationship, and then, when Kaleena was able to return to Germany, they were locked down together. We discuss how they managed to keep their relationship going through both of those phases, as well as their YouTube channel. Kaleena...


Coping with depression in Germany, seeking help, and online therapy (Steffi from the UK)

Steffi is from the UK, and she describes herself as an "unexpected expat". In fact, as someone who experiences anxiety and who is a planner, life in a foreign country was not something she considered. When Steffi moved to Germany, she experienced depression after the honeymoon phase was over, and to deal with it, she turned to therapy. Steffi and I discuss the effects of expat life on mental health, the difficulties with finding a therapist, and the effectiveness of online therapy. Plus we...


Apologizing in Germany, sauna surprises, and making friends: an expat's guide to living in Germany (Fadi Gaziri from the UK)

Fadi Gaziri has written a book about life in Germany for foreigners called, "Ze Germans: An Expat's Guide to Living in Germany", and he joins me to discuss the book and some of his insights from his experiences in the country. We cover apologizing in Germany, sauna surprises, making friends, and why Fadi actually likes it here. Plus, we do the "How German Are You?" quiz from his book to see which one of us is the most Germanized. "Ze Germans: How German Are You?" on Amazon:...


Advice for foreigners in Germany, taken from two years of The Germany Experience

The Germany Experience podcast is 2 years old and to celebrate, here is a compilation of some of the advice that guests have offered about everything from making friends through to preparing for bureaucracy. Thank you for listening the past 2 years! The advice givers, and the episodes they were featured in: DwightAudreyJennaNatalieEmmaAmySarahGreg & BrigidaLilianaVladThomasLoriMariThe God QueenCeriTimBethAnnaTaniaAlicia HShakedFionaLawinRafaelChristy


Three amazing women from German history (Jasmin from HerStory)

Jasmin is the host of a podcast called Herstory, which tells the stories of strong women from history. Her podcast inspired this week's episode: a look back at incredible (and underappreciated) women from Germany's history. And to tell these stories, I'm joined by Jasmin herself. The women we'll focus on all faced adversity of some kind, but went on to do monumental things that still impact Germany and the world today: Elisabeth Selbert...


Beer, digitization, security, and education: our preconceived notions of Europe (Lawin from the Philippines)

Before you move to a foreign country, you inevitably have a picture of what it's like in your mind. Maybe you got it from TV and books, or perhaps you've met tourists from that country. Lawin, host of the Pop Your Cultural Cherry podcast, joins me to discuss our preconceived notions of Germany and Europe, and what the reality was for us. Pop Your Cultural Cherry podcast: Pop Your Cultural Cherry on Instagram:...


Planning a summer trip to the mountains (Ceri from the UK)

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:...


Three key factors for making friends in Germany (Nadja from Germany)

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...


No episode this week, and new episodes on Wednesdays

This is just a quick announcement: no episode this week, and from next week, new episodes will be out on Wednesdays.


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

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....


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

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: Lisa on Facebook: Lisa Janz - Job Coach Germany Lisa on Instagram: @lisa_janz_jobcoachgermany


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

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...


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

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...


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

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...


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

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...


Common things Germans say and do, and what they mean (Nina from Germany)

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...


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

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 of the questions I answer: Antoinette Emily's YouTube channel JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP Visit the official The Germany Experience website Contact me:


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

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...


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

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...


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

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...