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.

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Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 4 days 5 hours 37 minutes


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 2023-01-04  4m

episode 125: Getting ready to leave Germany (Nicole from The Expat Cast)

Nicole joins me this week to discuss some big changes in her life – she's leaving Germany. In this episode, she explains what's happening and why she's making the move...


 2022-12-22  47m

House hunting, finding day care, and handling rough starts (Wafeeqa from Saudi Arabia)

When Wafeeqa and her family moved to Germany, they thought things would be easier: her husband had a job, and his employer was arranging accommodation for them. Plus, they both had experience with learning languages, so they thought maybe German wouldn't be too much of a challenge. But as is so often the case, things didn't go according to plan...

Wafeeqa discusses finding a place to live, finding daycare for her twins, trying not to disturb neighbors, and more...


 2022-12-02  48m

episode 123: Using hypnosis to help foreigners in Germany (Suzanne Dinter from the UK)

Suzanne Dinter joins me this week to explain what hypnotherapy is, and how it can help foreigners adjust to life in Germany - among other issues. Suzanne is a Brit who has been living in Germany since 1994, and she specializes in helping overwhelmed international, high-achieving women feel calm, confident, and like themselves again after moving abroad. She does this quickly, effectively, and with long-lasting results using hypnosis...


 2022-11-09  52m

episode 122: Hidden grief, loss of identity, and getting to know the German version of a loved one (Katie Rössler from the USA)

Katie Rössler, author of The New Face of Grief, comes on the podcast to discuss the role that hidden grief might play in the lives of foreigners in a new country. She also discusses the toll a move to a new country can take on a couple. And of course, she offers advice of how to navigate these difficult issues...


 2022-10-19  48m

episode 121: Advice for adapting and integrating in Germany, from discussions with 100+ foreigners

At the end of September 2022, I gave a talk at the Welcome To Germany Summit. This is the rehearsal that I recorded a few days before...


 2022-10-12  22m

episode 120: Convincing a company to take a chance on you (Veronica from Mexico)

“I feel like a lot of people feel this - this feeling of Germany crushing your soul, like killing you from the inside.” This is how Veronica from Mexico describes her first years in Germany. One of the biggest reasons for this was that her academic qualification was not valid in Germany, causing her to feel that she wasn't valued for who she is. That all changed when Veronica fell in love with a German startup and made it her mission to convince them to hire her...


 2022-10-05  48m

episode 119: Recovering from a car accident while abroad (Sadaf from Pakistan)

Many foreigners do a lot of traveling around Europe while they are here. But have you ever considered what would happen if you had a medical emergency in another country? This happened to Sadaf, when she was involved in a car accident while she was in Milan. She discusses the ordeal, and then her recovery, starting from Italian hospitals and ending back in Germany. She also discusses how her university assisted her during her recovery...


 2022-09-28  40m

The Welcome To Germany Summit on 29th September 2022

A group of experts (including me!) has come together to organize a free online event for everyone interested in moving to and living in Germany - expats, internationals, immigrants, name it.

In this special episode, I talk about the summit and also bring on its organizers to go through the list of topics that will be covered.


29th September 2022 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m...


 2022-09-25  19m

episode 118: A German returning to Germany after a decade (Cathrin from Germany)

Cathrin, originally from Germany, has been living in the States for more than 10 years, but she recently made the decision to return. She discusses the reasons for wanting to come back, how she needs to say goodbye to her old life, and how she faces similar culture shocks to other foreigners moving to Germany. She also discusses customer service in Germany, German coffee, and what it's like looking for a job months in advance...


 2022-09-13  50m