In the Understanding Train Station podcast, Josh and Feli explore the intricacies and pitfalls of living between cultures. The title is derived from the German idiom “Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof” which literally translates to “I only understand train station”. Similar to the English saying “It’s Greek to me”, it is used to express a lack of understanding which is a very common feeling when dealing with another culture and living abroad. Since Feli (aka "German Girl in America" on YouTube) is a German living in the U.S. and Josh is probably the most “Germanized” American you’ll ever meet, the main focus of this podcast lies on cultural differences between Germany and the U.S. but it's not limited to that. Moving abroad and being lost in translation is the overall topic which is why Josh and Feli also invite interview guests from all over the world to share their experiences and see where there are similarities and interesting differences.
EP5: Our Language Learning Stories
How did Josh become fluent in German? Why doesn't Feli sound like a typical German when speaking English? What are our tips for learning a second language and losing your accent? In this episode, we address all of the questions that you guys have asked us regarding our language skills.
EP4: Work-Life & Office Culture feat. Niklas (and life update from Josh!)
30 days of paid vacation, making business deals on the golf course, and sending text messages instead of professional emails? These topics and many more were part of our conversation about work-life and office culture in Germany and the US with our good friend Niklas. Niklas is originally from outside of Hamburg and in 2018 his German company sent him over to Cincinnati to step into the position of CEO. Since his experience is different from our own, we were excited to get his perspective on the biggest differences in work-life in both countries. We also learned something about the relevance of sports in both the work realm and everyday conversation as well as more about his visa process for the U.S.
Bonus Episode: Eating, Recycling, and Cleaning Habits
Since our last episode (EP3) on homes and household habits in Germany and the United States was a really long one, we shortened it a little. In this bonus episode, we wanted to share the parts we cut out, in case you’d like to hear them. We talked about eating habits, recycling, and cleaning preferences. The next regular episode (EP4) will be out on Thursday, as always! :)You can also listen to us on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and Amazon Music!Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸firstname.lastname@example.org • Website▸understandingtrainstation.comCheck out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "German Girl in America" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
EP3: Homes and Household Habits (and what's up with those German guest slippers?!)
Ceiling fans, air vents, and garbage disposals in the US vs. drying racks, missing door knobs, and miracle windows in Germany. There are a lot of differences when it comes to homes and household habits in Germany and the United States. That's why in this episode, we're taking you on a virtual house tour through a typical German and a typical American home and talk about all the physical differences as well as those everyday household habits that might seem really odd when you first visit the country.Timestamps:00:00:00 Intro | 00:09:26 House Tour | 01:09:35 Household HabitsYou can also listen to us on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and Amazon Music!Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸email@example.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.comCheck out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "German Girl in America" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
EP2: Adulting 2.0 - Life Outside of the Classroom
Grocery shopping, driving, getting gas, or – once again – using a public bathroom all seem like simple, everyday tasks. Until you have to do them in a foreign country and feel totally lost. In this episode, we talk about those kinds of situations and share our personal stories of things that we felt like we had to "relearn" in the other country. And we talk about how even when you know a language in the classroom, it doesn't always mean you know how to communicate with the locals in an everyday situation.
EP1: Introduction and First Culture Shocks (and way too much bathroom talk!)
Who are we? Why does Josh speak German so well? Why did Feli move to the US? What’s the story behind all that? And what were our very first culture shocks when visiting Germany/the US? In the first episode of Understanding Train Station, we answer all of those questions, share our goals for the podcast, and for some reason, we talked surprisingly much about bathrooms, door handles, and onion sizes…
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Living in Germany
As an American living in Germany, I’m enjoying listening to this podcast.
Super fun to listen to while also being incredibly informative. The way they are having fun makes you have fun listening to it. I like the unstructured format!
Very nice podcast
I am enjoying the podcast . Keep up the nice work .