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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.

The Germany Experience Shaun Behrens

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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.

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

    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 are on sale, but soon day tickets will be available. If you want to buy tickets, contact me before you buy to get a 20% discount code: info@thegermanyexperience.de


    WELCOME TO GERMANY SUMMIT
    I'm excited to announce that I will be a speaker at the Welcome to Germany Summit, an online event for foreigners in Germany!

    Welcome to Germany Summit
    📅 29th September 2022 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. ⏰

    A group of experts has come together to organize an online event for everyone interested in moving to and living in Germany - expats, internationals, immigrants, repats - you name it.

    You're interested in learning more about the summit and what you can learn at the event? These are the topics that will be presented:

    ➡️ Your first steps in Germany
    ➡️ Relocation Services
    ➡️ Intercultural training
    ➡️ Learning German
    ➡️ Financial Education
    ➡️ Hypno-Coaching
    ➡️ Hidden Grief
    ➡️ Finding a job in Germany
    ➡️ Networking & volunteering
    ➡️ Podcasts & blogs for internationals in Germany
    ➡️ Staying fit when working from home
    ➡️Visa types

    It is an interactive event with lots of interesting talks, workshops, physical activity, time for your questions and answers from the experts.

    ✅ Sign-up for free here: https://lnkd.in/eew2chRe


    IF YOU ENJOY THIS PODCAST
    You can support the show in various ways: 
    BUY THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE PODCAST A COFFEE – there are a lot of costs associated with running a podcast, like expenses for hosting the audio and the tools used to record the episodes. Every donation will go towards the monthly expenses of keeping The Germany Experience going. And it will make my heart happy!SPREAD THE WORD – share your favorite episode in an expats in Germany Facebook group, on Twitter, or any of the other social channels. Or if you know someone who might need this podcast in their life, tell them about it!WRITE A REVIEW – write a review about The Germany Experience on my site, on Apple Podcasts, or on Spotify (or anywhere else you can think of). 
    Send me your questions: info@thegermanyexperience.de


    JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience
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    Review the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate
     Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
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    • 20 Min.
    Probezeit: The first six months in a German job (Lisa Janz, Job Coach Germany)

    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 Germany Experience

    THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE AT PODFEST BERLIN
    I will be recording a live episode at Podfest Berlin on Saturday July 16th. 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!

    If you want to buy tickets, contact me before you buy to get a 20% discount code: info@thegermanyexperience.de


    IF YOU ENJOY THIS PODCAST
    You can support the show in various ways: 
    BUY THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE PODCAST A COFFEE – there are a lot of costs associated with running a podcast, like expenses for hosting the audio and the tools used to record the episodes. Every donation will go towards the monthly expenses of keeping The Germany Experience going. And it will make my heart happy!SPREAD THE WORD – share your favorite episode in an expats in Germany Facebook group, on Twitter, or any of the other social channels. Or if you know someone who might need this podcast in their life, tell them about it!WRITE A REVIEW – write a review about The Germany Experience on my site, on Apple Podcasts, or on Spotify (or anywhere else you can think of). 
    Send me your questions: info@thegermanyexperience.de


    JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience
     Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.de

    Subscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperience

    Review the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate
     Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
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    • 41 Min.
    Lessons from changing jobs in Germany (Alexandrea from the USA)

    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 jobs in Germany, and she discusses why you need to have the courage to walk away from a job that is not a good fit. She also drops some airtight advice for working in a German workplace.

    Alex's current project: She Transforms IT
    Alex on Twitter: Deutsch_af
    Alex on Instagram: @Deutschaf
    Alex on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandreapaigeswanson

    IF YOU ENJOY THIS PODCAST
    You can support the show in various ways: 
    BUY THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE PODCAST A COFFEE – there are a lot of costs associated with running a podcast, like expenses for hosting the audio and the tools used to record the episodes. Every donation will go towards the monthly expenses of keeping The Germany Experience going. And it will make my heart happy!SPREAD THE WORD – share your favorite episode in an expats in Germany Facebook group, on Twitter, or any of the other social channels. Or if you know someone who might need this podcast in their life, tell them about it!WRITE A REVIEW – write a review about The Germany Experience on my site, on Apple Podcasts, or on Spotify (or anywhere else you can think of). 
    Get 30% off of Wunderbla
    Wunderbla offers you short, personalized and fun online German lessons, along with a test of your current German level. If you purchase before June 28th, 2022, you will get a 30% discount. Purchase here.

    Or sign up for a free trial to test it before you buy.


    JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience
     Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.de

    Subscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperience

    Review the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate

    Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
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    • 51 Min.
    Helping families to meet like-minded families (Dzhangar from MatchFamilies)

    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 was like quitting his job to start a new company, and he explains how the app works.

    Download the MatchFamilies app

    The episode with Amaia from Expat & Spouses Monitor: The Expat Spouses Report - the results are in

    BUY THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE PODCAST A COFFEE
    If you like this podcast, donate! There are a lot of costs associated with running a podcast, like expenses for hosting the audio and the tools used to record the episodes. Every donation will go towards the monthly expenses of keeping The Germany Experience going. And it will make my heart happy!


    Get 30% off of Wunderbla
    Wunderbla offers you short, personalized and fun online German lessons, along with a test of your current German level. If you purchase before June 28th, 2022, you will get a 30% discount. Purchase here.

    Or sign up for a free trial to test it before you buy.



    JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience
     Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.de

    Subscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperience

    Review the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate
     Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
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    • 36 Min.
    German traditions or superstitions? (Nina from Germany)

    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 legs spider is called in German.

    Show notes: 
    Shaun and Nina's other podcast: Die Deutsche und der AusländerNina's other episodes on The Germany ExperienceGerman news report about a spider in the car
    DONATE TO SUPPORT THE SHOW
    If you like this podcast, donate! There are a lot of costs associated with running a podcast, like expenses for hosting the audio and the tools used to record the episodes. Every donation will go towards the monthly expenses of keeping The Germany Experience going. And it will make my heart happy!



    JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience
     Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.de

    Subscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperience

    Review the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate
     Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
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    • 30 Min.
    Eurovision Song Contest 2022 recap, the importance of community, and redefining your identity (Beth from the USA)

    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 weighed down by the pandemic, and making the trip back homeForeigner friendships, moving back home, and “F**k it” moments (Beth & Amy from the USA)
    JOIN THE THE GERMANY EXPERIENCE FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/theGermanyExperience
     Visit the official podcast website: https://thegermanyexperience.de

    Subscribe to the YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/c/thegermanyexperience

    Review the podcast: https://thegermanyexperience.de/rate
     Contact me: info@thegermanyexperience.de
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    Support the show

    • 36 Min.

Kundenrezensionen

4,8 von 5
32 Bewertungen

32 Bewertungen

Hoppersgirl ,

A wealth of knowledge and humour

I came across this podcast when I was part of the parkrun group interviewed for one of the earlier podcasts. I have become a regular listener (having never really been a podcast listener before). I have lived in Germany for 7 years and to listen to other people’s experiences and realize that I am not alone or crazy, has been wonderful. I love the humour in these podcasts, I love the sincerity, I love the sympathy and I love the honesty. Anyone who has moved to Germany or thinking of moving to Germany should have a listen.

Timothep ,

Lots of practical advices

Very lively podcast with a whole bunch of stories and practical advices. Way to go Shaun!

Mariluzb ,

Story-sharing in a fun way!

So many different stories of people with diverse backgrounds end up discovering the joys (and sometimes woes) of living in Germany.

Thanks to Shaun we get to hear and learn from them!

Hope to enjoy many more new episodes... :)

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