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.

https://www.thegermanyexperience.de/

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episode 12: Through the Eyes of a Newly-Arrived Expat (Sarah From Syria, Canada, et al)


I first interviewed Sarah back in July for a bonus episode, because she'd almost been caught by a scam. We had such a great discussion that I wanted to have her back on the show, and here she is.

Although Sarah is new in Berlin, she is by no means new to the expat way of life: she has lived in Syria, Canada, Dubai, Malaysia, Japan, and now, Germany. She discusses how her international background has made adapting to new cultures easier, and how she views her identity...


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episode 11: Tim From France - Not So Far From Home


Tim Bourguignon is a French citizen who moved to Germany to be with his wife. He describes himself as coming in four flavors: Agile Coach, Chief Learning Officer, Mentoring Advocate, and Public Speaker. He also hosts a podcast called Software Developer’s Journey. 

After bad experiences learning German in school, Tim picked up German again years later when he actually moved to the country...


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 2019-08-07  47m
 
 

episode 10: The E-Scooterpocalypse & Feeling Dumb in Germany


There are a lot of people—expats and Germans alike—who are not pleased about the e-scooter situation in big cities since it became legal for them to share bicycle paths and roads. E-scooter riders are apparently fast, reckless, and they just leave them parked anywhere and everywhere. But surely it can't be that bad? I decided to ask around in forums to get a feeling for the zeitgeist at the moment, and it turns out most people are, in fact, annoyed. Very annoyed...


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episode 9: Natalie from Australia - From the Outback to Europe


When learning a new language, it takes a long time before you're able to express yourself and articulate your thoughts, and so it's easy to feel like you're coming across as dumb. This is just one of the topics that Natalie, a stay-at-home mum from Australia, discusses about her time in Germany...


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episode 8: Shannon from USA - Church Bells and Bicycles


Meet Shannon from the USA, whose family were expats in Germany from 2009 until 2013. When they returned to the States, they realized their hearts were still in Germany, and so they immediately started making plans to go back.

Shannon talks about falling in love with the German way of life, making compromises for the greater good, and getting out of the expat bubble...


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 2019-07-16  29m
 
 

episode 7: Arvi From India - Founding a Startup in Germany


Arvi is from India and moved to Germany 5 years ago to complete his studies as an engineer. He did this, but instead of returning home, he moved to Berlin and founded a startup with two other entrepreneurs. His company, MyHelpBuddy, puts expats who need a service or who have a problem in contact with "buddies", who are expats or locals who are able to help.

Arvi discusses the platform and also how to start a company in Germany...


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 2019-07-09  33m
 
 

episode 6: Lori From USA - Teaching English, Learning Languages, and Raising Bilingual Children in Germany


Lori from USA has been teaching English in Germany for almost 40 years, so it’s not surprising that she has a thing or two to say about learning new languages. In fact, her language pedigree goes back to even before she moved to Germany, when she was a German high school teacher in the States...


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 2019-07-02  34m
 
 

BONUS: How Sarah Almost Got Scammed


In episode 5, I discussed potential scams aimed at expats. Well, Sarah is a new expat in Berlin who very nearly got caught by an apartment scam. In this bonus episode, she describes her story and explains just how one of these scams is run by the scammers. 


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 2019-07-01  20m
 
 

episode 5: Don't Get Scammed + IamExpat.de Round-Up With Abi


Every month end, I'll take a look at some of the most interesting topics of the previous month. This time, Abi from IamExpat.de joins me with her pick of stories from June 2019.

Also, Shaun runs through the top scams that expats need to be weary of, namely apartment scams, job scams, and financial scams. He also suggests two golden rules to help prevent getting scammed.

For the full show notes and other links: Episode 5: Don't Get Scammed + IamExpat...


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 2019-06-26  21m
 
 

episode 4: The Essential Book for New Expats in Germany


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Buy the book on Amazon: From the Bürgeramt to the Bedroom

From the Bürgeramt to the Bedroom is a book aimed at new expats in Germany. It provides advice for common situations that expats will find themselves in, like going to the Bürgeramt, finding an apartment, or recycling garbage. It also features a useful vocabulary list for each situation...


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 2019-06-18  41m