August 29, 2019
Season 3, Episode 3. Folks, we've got our first New Zealand expat in Germany on the show!
After growing up in super, suuuuper rural New Zealand, Fraser was eager to explore the world. And he did it - first in the United States, then in the United Kingdom, and finally, Germany. While on holiday in Bali, Fraser met his now-husband, who is German, they moved to London together before moving to Frankfurt a year ago. Fraser moved to Frankfurt a year ago and shares with us his experiences learning the language, finding friends, and building a life.
Having lived in England during the Brexit vote, Fraser became keenly aware of how some foreigners are referred to as expats while others are immigrants. Expats are often seen in a positive light whereas immigrants are too often seen negatively. Not so coincidentally, "immigrants" are often people of color.
We dig into this topic, including considering the German phrase "Menschen mit Migrationshintergrund," or "people with a background of migration." While more politically correct, the phrase is bulky and challenging for German learners. Is this a pattern in German integration practices: well intentioned, technically good, but still clunky and not user friendly? We discuss!
The GrünGürtel in Frankfurt
LGBT sports club in Frankfurt: FVV
LGBT Meetup in Frankfurt via Meetup.com
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