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: 3 days 9 hours 12 minutes


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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...



episode 102: 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...


 2021-12-22  36m

episode 101: 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: info@thegermanyexperience...


 2021-12-15  42m

episode 100: Episode 100: Funny and memorable The Germany Experience moments


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...


 2021-12-08  31m

episode 99: 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...


 2021-12-01  50m

episode 98: Anatomy of a German job interview (Lisa Janz from Job Coach Germany)

What can you expect in a German job interview? What's expected of you? Lisa Janz, the woman behind Job Coach Germany, joins me to explain what the five phases of a typical job interview are, and gives some insights into what interviewers are looking for. She even has some psychological tricks to boost your chances of making a positive impression.

Lisa was formerly in HR , so knows the process from the inside...


 2021-11-24  47m

episode 97: Health insurance in Germany Q&A, with Techniker Krankenkasse

You sent in your questions about health insurance in Germany, and this week a representative from Techniker Krankenkasse, Nina, is here to answer them.  You can also get an idea of what to expect from a health insurance fund by hearing how TK does things and what they offer.

If you are considering signing up for health insurance with TK, use my link:



 2021-11-17  22m

episode 96: "Was guckst du?": A 20 year love/hate relationship with Germany (Elizabeth from the USA)

Elizabeth first spent time in Germany as a student, and she fell in love with the place. But, by the time her year was up, she was ready to return back home to the States. However, when she got home, she immediately started missing Germany. This began a pattern that would persist for years: Elizabeth would move to Germany, but would eventually move back to the USA again...


 2021-11-10  41m

episode 95: The Expat Spouses Report - the results are in (Amaia from Expats & Spouses Monitor)

How educated are expat spouses? How do they feel about life in Germany? What word would they use to describe Germany? A new study  by Expats & Spouses Monitor answers these questions, and more.

Back in February 2021, Amaia, originally from Spain, joined me to talk about the study that the Expats & Spouses Monitor was doing. Essentially, they wanted to look at the situation and feelings of expats and their spouses living in Germany. And now, the results are in...


 2021-11-03  23m

episode 94: Shopping habits, my German nemesis, problems with dialects, and more: Q&A episode

From new shopping habits through to being scolded by Germans, here are the answers to the questions you asked about life in Germany!

The Instagram users who asked me questions:

  • @Lilo_hlt06
  • @Sscomstoc
  • @Alyssa...


 2021-10-27  33m