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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.






Q&A: Self-learning B2, dealing with language barrier frustrations, and is there foolproof advice for making friends in Germany?

You sent in some questions about life in Germany, and I try and answer them in this episode. THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE AT PODFEST BERLIN I will be recording a live episode at Podfest Berlin on Saturday July 16th @ 16:15. It will be a Berlin-focused episode, and I will have a panel of four guests who all live in the city. Come and join and be part of the live recording! The venue: Noisy Rooms @ House of Music, Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin, Germany Currently, tickets for the entire event...


Probezeit: The first six months in a German job (Lisa Janz, Job Coach Germany)

The first six months in a new job is important. In Germany, it is usually a trial period - or "Probezeit" - and it is a chance for you to get to know your team, company, and more. Lisa Janz, who runs Job Coach Germany, joins me to discuss what you should look out for, what you should be asking yourself and your employer, and other advice about the Probezeit. Lisa Janz's website: Lisa Janz, Job Coach Germany Find Lisa: InstagramYouTubeFacebookLinkedInLisa's past episodes: Lisa on The...


Lessons from changing jobs in Germany (Alexandrea from the USA)

Alexandrea from the USA (and former guest on the podcast) left her job in Hamburg for one in Frankfurt. However, she realized almost immediately that the new job was not a good fit. She left during her trial period and found her way to her current job in Berlin. After moving cities and jobs several times, Alex has learnt a few valuable lessons, and she joins me to share them. She has a list of what you should ask prospective employers, she gives some tips about what you should know about...


Helping families to meet like-minded families (Dzhangar from MatchFamilies)

During Dzhangar's first years in Germany, he noticed what many foreigners notice: how difficult it was for his family to meet other like-minded families. And making friends is crucial. It helps to make you feel more at home, and it gives you a support system for when you need help. So Dzhangar quit his job and started working on an app that would help families connect with each other. That app is MatchFamilies. He joins me in this episode to discuss his initial troubles in Germany, what it...


German traditions or superstitions? (Nina from Germany)

If you've ever wished a German "Happy birthday" before their actual birthday, you will no doubt have quickly learnt that it's just not done. It's just a tradition based on superstition, but many Germans abide by it. So, is it tradition, or actually superstition? Shaun has his opinion, and he talks with Nina, a German, about it. They also cover the "Eisheilige" belief that you shouldn't sow certain plants before middle of May, drinking traditions, and more. We also cover what the daddy long...


Eurovision Song Contest 2022 recap, the importance of community, and redefining your identity (Beth from the USA)

Beth comes back on the podcast to discuss how she recently found herself post-pandemic in a world that had shrunk to just her job and her family. While this isn't a bad thing, Beth was lacking a feeling of community. She also discovered that she needs to redefine her identity now that she no longer does the activities that used to define her: volleyball and fencing. Beth also helps me recap the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Previous episodes with Beth: The 5 phases of culture shockFeeling...


Using your own culture to integrate in Germany (Saehee from the USA)

When Saehee, a Korean American, first moved from the States to Germany, she struggled to adjust for many different reasons. This led to her feeling depressed and lonely. But that would all change once she started getting back to what she loves. Listen to the story of how Saehee was able to move herself beyond difficult times with the help of therapy, embracing her culture, and focusing on her love for cooking and food. Saehee's websites: Korea Konnect Kosari Kimchi Saehee on Instagram:...


States of Liberation: gay rights and discrimination in Cold War Germany (Samuel Clowes Huneke)

It's conventional knowledge that West Germany was more liberal and progressive than East Germany. Then it stands to reason that West Germany was more accepting of gay rights. But was this really the case? Of course, these things are always very nuanced, and Samuel Clowes Huneke joins me to discuss it in detail. He's written a book called "States of Liberation", and we discuss it in our interview. We also discuss the similarities and differences between East and West Germany in terms of gay...


Language barrier problems, and overcoming the challenges involved with reporting sexual assault (Mei Chi from Hong Kong)

When Mei Chi arrived in Germany, she faced several challenges caused by the language and cultural barrier. Not understanding German can result in some minor inconveniences that make funny stories later on, but other misunderstandings can be more serious. All this highlighted how important it is to have help at the right time, and Mei Chi started a platform called BookaLocal. In this episode she discusses her own hardships, and also explains the purpose behind BookaLocal. BookaLocal also...


Where has The Germany Experience been?

Here's a short update on why there have been no new epsidoes in the last month, and when you can expect the next episodes.


Writing a Eurovision song, and traveling to the Arctic and Antarctic (Fadi from the UK)

Fadi Gaziri returns to the show to talk about writing a song for the Eurovision song contest. We talk about why we love the Eurovision song contest so much, what makes a good Eurovision song, and how countries select their entries. Listen to the end of the episode to hear Fadi's Eurovision song entry. Fadi also talks about scoring music for German TV shows and working as a musician on cruises to the Arctic and Antarctic. The book Fadi wrote: ZE GERMANS: An expat's guide to living in...


Choosing a rural life, coming to Germany as a lawyer, and a giant tea cup (Rachel from South Africa)

It only took 106 episodes, but Shaun finally has a South African guest on the podcast! Rachel is a lawyer (also a first) who has only been in Germany for a few weeks. She discusses her first impressions of Germany, choosing between a corporate and a startup when she was looking for a job, and why she is leaning towards a more rural life in Germany. She also explains why winter jackets are such foreign things to people from the southern hemisphere and we marvel over her very large tea...


Visa struggles, escaping the pandemic on an organic farm, and being a musician in Germany (Laura Osburn from Canada)

Laura Osburn is a singer/songwriter from Canada who came to Germany in January 2020 to work on her album and play live shows – and both those plans have been derailed by COVID. We talk about her struggles to get a long-term visa for Germany, how she spent the beginning of the pandemic on an organic farm, and the difficulties she's faced with getting her album recorded. Get in touch with Laura on Instagram: @lauraosburnsongstress Listen to her music on Spotify: Laura Osburn on Spotify Her...


How to be a good dinner guest in a German home (Nina from Germany)

Getting invited to a German's home for dinner is difficult enough, but if it happens, you're probably nearing the German's "inner circle". But how do you behave? What is good etiquette? Are there unwritten rules you need to know about? For foreigners, being a dinner guest in a German's home can feel like daunting minefield. But actually, it's really not. Allegedly German Nina joins me for this episode to take us step-by-step through being a dinner guest in a German's home, starting from...


Podcasts, why we love them, and how they help foreigners (Marina and Greta from Buongiorno Bitch)

Marina is from Spain and Greta is from Italy, and together they host a podcast called Buongiorno Bitch. They join me to discuss our love for podcasts, and how they can help foreigners. We also talk about how both of them ended up in Germany, and how they made friends in an old-school 2010 way. Follow Buongiorno Bitch on Instagram: @Buongiorno Bitch Some of the podcasts we mentioned in the show: Just Break UpGlücklich VerkopftIst das normal?Estirando el ChicleDeforme Semanal Ideal...


Charity challenge wrap-up, and when The Germany Experience will be back

The 2021 charity challenge between Nicole of The Expat Cast and I is done, and we have a winner! We were able to raise a combined total of 1065€ for Kinderlachen, a charity that helps children in need. Thank you to everyone who donated for your kindness and generosity. To find out who won, take a listen to the wrap-up :) The Germany Experience will now be taking a break over the next few weeks, and will return in the last week of January. Wishing you a "guten Rutsch ins neues Jahr", and a...


2021 lows and highs and a charity challenge update with Nicole of the Expat Cast

Recorded as an Instagram Live on 21 December 2021. Nicole of The Expat Cast joins me to discuss our low and high points of 2021, and to give an update on our annual charity challenge, this year called ThrEGEPADFO. I also read out the low and high points of some listeners and Instagram followers. We're also joined at one point by Lawin, host of the Pop Your Cultural Cherry podcast. GO AND DONATE IN THE GERMANY PODCASTERS' ADVENT CHARITY CHALLENGE: Nicole of The Expat Cast and I are once...


Making German easier with “-chen” endings, a PhD as a job, and Germans take long to say goodbye (Jeanette from the USA)

Jeanette from the USA moved to Germany to continue her studies, and ended up in a PhD program in Aachen. She discusses her experiences making friends while studying, learning German, and her life as a PhD student in Germany. The children's book author Jeanette mentioned in her discussion: Janosch +++Send me your highs and lows of 2021! I'd love to read them on the show with a special guest next week! Send to:, or leave me a voice message on The Germany...


Episode 100: Funny and memorable The Germany Experience moments

DONATE in the ThrEGEPADFO CHARITY CHALLENGE! It's the 100th episode of The Germany Experience! To celebrate, I take a look at just a few of the many memorable moments I've had on the show. Including clips from the following previous episodes: Church bells and bicycles (Shannon from the USA)Bonus Episode - A German experiences the Ausländerbehörde (Nina from Germany)Leaving Germany after a decade (Natalie from the UK)Feeling weighed down by the pandemic, and making the trip back home (Beth...


The leaving Germany episode

Not every Germany experience ends with permanent residency or German citizenship. For some, the plan was never to stay for longer than a few years, or things change during the stay, or some other unforeseen occurrence (cough COVID) makes it necessary to leave. This episode focuses on the stories of three previous guests who have since left the country. I talk to them about their time in Germany, why they left, what they miss about Germany, and what their life is like now. My guests are all...