The Germany Experience

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.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 40m. Bisher sind 114 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 3 days 1 hour 38 minutes


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RERUN: Seven months as an exchange student in Germany (Montana Showalter from the USA)

//This episode was originally released on 18th May 2020//

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...



RERUN: You go me on the cookie! (Dana Newman from Wanted Adventure)

//This interview originally aired on 25th May 2020//

Dana Newman from the Wanted Adventure YouTube channel joins me to discuss her book, "You go me on the cookie!". The book (written in German) describes Dana's adventures (and misadventures) learning German, and also highlights the quirks and beauty of the German language. It was written for German native speakers, but it is definitely relatable for anyone who has learnt German at any level...



RERUN: Sandals and socks, making friends with Germans, and "selfishly" staying in Germany (Amy from the USA)

//This episode originally aired on 20th July 2020//

Original Show Notes:
Amy always had a dream of living in Germany, and even happened to marry someone who felt the same way. So living here has kind of been a dream come true. And generally, Amy is really happy here -- she admits that she was "right" about wanting to live here.

But making friends with Germans is one aspect that has been a challenge...


 2021-08-18  39m

RERUN: Germany chose me (Sneha from India)

//This episode was originally aired on 16th November 2020//

Sneha from India moved to Germany in 2011. A professional Indian classical dancer, she was expecting something similar to New York, where people knew about the artform of Indian classical dance. Instead, she found herself constantly having to explain to Germans that it wasn't Bollywood dancing that she does.....


 2021-08-11  46m

episode 90: The German dream, mental health as a content creator, and toxic positivity (Aspen from the USA)

Aspen is originally from the USA and has been living in Germany for 7 years now. She runs the Aspen Abroad YouTube channel. She joins me to discuss the topic of mental health as a foreigner in Germany, as well as the expectations on her as content creator. We also cover the dangers of toxic positivity.

The video with Claudio we discuss: Running, Sports, and Mental Health Motivation
Aspen's YouTube channel: Aspen Abroad
Aspen on Instagram: @aspen...


 2021-07-15  46m

episode 89: From a big city to a small German town, and freelancing in Germany (Lara from Slovenia)

Lara is from Slovenia, and you might know her from her Instagram or TikTok channels, where she posts short, informative and funny videos about life in Germany. She made the move from Chicago, where she was living at the time, to a small town in Germany, and we discuss what that was like for her. We also talk about freelancing in Germany, as well as her Instagram and TikTok videos.

Lara on Instagram:
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 2021-06-30  34m

episode 88: 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...


 2021-06-23  34m

episode 87: 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...


 2021-06-16  45m

episode 86: 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...


 2021-06-09  52m

episode 85: 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...


 2021-06-02  35m