The Expat Cast
Becoming Bilingual with Casey

Becoming Bilingual with Casey

April 30, 2020

Season 4, Episode 6. Learning a new language as an adult is a big challenge, especially compared to learning a new language as a child - but when adults learn a second language, they get to truly experience the process of becoming bilingual.

Nicole and Casey are here to share their highs and lows of language learning. Both gals are Americans who grew up monolingual and scoffed at their attempts to learn a language in high school or college, but moving abroad gave them the motivation to learn German, for real this time. They share their frustrations, freak-outs, failures, and even the occasional success.

Highlights include Nicole inquiring how much it would cost to get her apartment petted, Casey exclaiming her excitement to go to the park to see the - er, male genitalia - and both of them delighting in the German language's descriptive naming tendencies (we're looking at you, River Horse).

If you're interested in tips for learning German, listen to the episode Learning German with Jenny.

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CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

Check out Afloat Heidelberg online or on Instagram to join virtual support groups for moms.

If you need help translating Coronavirus related local news stories from German - or if you can offer to help translate news stories from German - click here.

See if you can help create face shields and other in-demand items through a local branch of MakersvsVirus or via Prusa.

Learn about the US Stimulus package for Americans living abroad here, via MyExpatTaxes.

 

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On Instagram @CaseyfromCologne

 

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American Shame with Gabe

American Shame with Gabe

January 2, 2020

Season 3, Episode 21. There are an estimated 9 million Americans living abroad. If you asked each one of them how they feel about being American, you'd probably get 9 million unique answers. While we can't ask every single person how they feel, we can - and have! - asked two, and this week, we talk to Gabe, a native South Carolinian living in Amsterdam.

Gabe feels a deep sense of shame about being an American. Since moving to Europe, he's become disillusioned about numerous aspects of American history, culture, and identity. In fact, his shame is so deep that he learned accentless Dutch and fully integrated into Dutch life just to avoid being identified as American. Gabe shares with us what his journey of moving abroad was like, and how he got to this place of shame about his heritage.

Next week, we'll hear someone who feels the exact opposite in an episode called American Pride.

 

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NEED A CREDIT CARD?

Try N26. They're an online-only bank with free payments in any currency, free ATM withdrawals in Euros, and support staff in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.

I just did a bunch of research to choose my first-ever German credit card, and I ended up choosing N26. I set up my account entirely online in minutes, received my card earlier than anticipated, & now I can manage my credit card in a super sleek, English language app. It was incredibly easy & now I have something to use on my various travels!

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Intercultural Relationships with Katie

Intercultural Relationships with Katie

November 14, 2019

Season 3, Episode 14. "You're always going to have one set of parents or family who is sad because they're missing their son or daughter."

Katie, an American, is married to an Austrian. Their relationship has been colored by what language they communicate in and where they live - in the US, in Austria, and now as digital nomads. Although sometimes it is as magical as taking twirling in the Austrian Alps, singing songs from The Sound of Music, there are numerous challenges that come up when you are in an intercultural relationship.

Miscommunication and pop culture references that fall flat are daily struggles, and things get really serious when it comes to arranging where to celebrate holidays and how to build traditions that work for both of you. And that's without adding kids to the picture - but if that's a part of the plan, then how the heck do you negotiate a plan that works for you as well as your extended families?

Katie comes on the podcast to talk about all the messy challenges that are inevitable for relationships like hers. But it isn't all heavy! We also giggle about how wearing house shoes, as is common in Austria, really throws a wrench in your outfit choices, and Katie tells us the wild story of how her and her husband met, which is honestly the kind of story that makes me want to believe in fate.

 

MORE ON LOVE

Our Valentine's Day 2019 episode about Long-Distance Relationships

 

FIND KATIE

Online at aculturapiece.com

On Instagram @ACultureAPiece

On Facebook @ACultureAPiece

On Twitter @ACultureAPiece

 

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NEED A CREDIT CARD?

Try N26. They're an online-only bank with free payments in any currency, free ATM withdrawals in Euros, and support staff in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.

I just did a bunch of research to choose my first-ever German credit card, and I ended up choosing N26. I set up my account entirely online in minutes, received my card earlier than anticipated, & now I can manage my credit card in a super sleek, English language app. It was incredibly easy & now I have something to use on my various travels!

Referral code: nicolep9184

 

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Raising a Son with Special Needs in Germany with Shaun of Expat Life Germany

Raising a Son with Special Needs in Germany with Shaun of Expat Life Germany

September 19, 2019

Season 3, Episode 6. Today, the expats in Germany podcast worlds collide - because Shaun from Expat Life Germany is a guest on The Expat Cast! If you're not already listening to his show, get ready to hit subscribe, because Shaun hosts a fantastic weekly podcast where he shares interviews, resources, and thoughts about living in Germany as a foreigner. If you like this show, you'll love his.

Now, the tables are turned, and we get to know more about Shaun as he steps into the role of guest, rather than host. Shaun moved to Germany from South Africa years ago with his wife, in search of adventure and new experiences. Little did they know they'd fall in love with Germany and end up staying there permanently. They now have German citizenship and are raising two - soon to be three! - kiddos in their rural German village.

Their oldest son has a special need called SYNGAP-1, and Shaun shares with us how they've navigated the situation as foreigners and second-language German speakers. From doctor's visits to learning what resources are out there for kids like their son, it's been a whirlwind that's left them more in love with life in Germany than ever.

 

COME SEE THE EXPAT CAST LIVE

We'll be doing a panel and live podcast at the Carl Schurz Haus in Freiburg, Germany on September 30 at 18.30. Check it out!

Find other International Podcast Day events near you.

 

FIND SHAUN

 
Listen to his podcast on Stitcher
 
On Instagram @expatlifegermany
 
On Twitter @ExpatLifeDE
 
More information on what his son has here

 

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PodBean allows you to manage your episodes, check out statistics, and design a podcast website - AND they have some of the best customer service. If you're new to podcasting like I was, PodBean makes the whole process so much easier, and their live chat feature puts you in quick contact with helpful, patient customer service staff who don't judge you when you ask beginner's questions. ;)

 

NEED A CREDIT CARD?

Try N26. They're an online-only bank with free payments in any currency, free ATM withdrawals in Euros, and support staff in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.

I just did a bunch of research to choose my first-ever German credit card, and I ended up choosing N26. I set up my account entirely online in minutes, received my card earlier than anticipated, & now I can manage my credit card in a super sleek, English language app. It was incredibly easy & now I have something to use on my various travels!

Referral code: nicolep9184

 

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People with a Backround of Migration with Fraser

People with a Backround of Migration with Fraser

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!

 

RESOURCES

The GrünGürtel in Frankfurt

LGBT sports club in Frankfurt: FVV

LGBT Meetup in Frankfurt via Meetup.com

 

FIND FRASER

On Instagram @fraseralfred
 
On Twitter @fraseralfred

  

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PodBean allows you to manage your episodes, check out statistics, and design a podcast website - AND they have some of the best customer service. If you're new to podcasting like I was, PodBean makes the whole process so much easier, and their live chat feature puts you in quick contact with helpful, patient customer service staff who don't judge you when you ask beginner's questions. ;)

 

NEED A CREDIT CARD?

Try N26. They're an online-only bank with free payments in any currency, free ATM withdrawals in Euros, and support staff in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.

I just did a bunch of research to choose my first-ever German credit card, and I ended up choosing N26. I set up my account entirely online in minutes, received my card earlier than anticipated, & now I can manage my credit card in a super sleek, English language app. It was incredibly easy & now I have something to use on my various travels!

Referral code: nicolep9184

 

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Ask the Expat with Stacey

Ask the Expat with Stacey

July 11, 2019

Season 2, Episode 25. Welcome to the Season 2 finale episode! To celebrate 50 episodes, 10,000 downloads, and 1 year of podcasting, we've called up a good friend to answer listener questions and quandaries in a brand new format called Ask the Expat. Host Nicole and guest Stacey answer the following questions with a mixture of personal anecdotes and librarian-approved resources.

  1. How do I make friends in Germany?
  2. What are the visa options in Germany?
  3. How does public transit work in Germany?
  4. What are some tips for getting a job in Germany?
  5. What have you guys brought with you to Germany that you can’t get here, and how do you approach that?
  6. How do I manage my move to Germany with money and language constraints?

Note that none of the things we say are professional advice! The advice and resources are intended to help point in the right direction, but any decisions should be made based on more solid research than we provide.

THANK YOU to everyone who has tuned in, recommended the show to a friend, left a rating/review, and participated in this show in any way, be it via a social media comment, an email, or as a guest. It's been a year full of hard work, and it's taught us a lot about podcasting and about life in general. We'll be back with season 3 soon. Keep your eyes on social media and stay subscribed to get updated about when the next season will hit your feeds.

 

RESOURCES

 

Find Facebook groups like New in Freiburg or Freiburg English Club

Check out Visa Guide's list of visas in Germany

Revisit our episode Prepping for a Job Hunt in Germany

Revisit our episode Learning German

 

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Putting the Ex in Expat: Break-Ups Abroad with Jessica

Putting the Ex in Expat: Break-Ups Abroad with Jessica

June 20, 2019

Season 2, Episode 22. Many people move abroad for love, but what happens when that relationship doesn't work out? Jessica had studied Spanish and moved to Guatemala, so Germany wasn't anywhere on her radar when she started dating her German girlfriend. But eventually, she moved to her girlfriend's hometown of Erfurt, Germany. Erfurt had been a part of the DDR, so Russian was more common as a second language than English.

Jessica immersed herself in the German language and culture. Two years into life in Erfurt, the relationship ended, but Jessica stayed. Even when she later moved away to England, her heart stayed in Germany. 

In today's episode, we discuss at what point living abroad, learning a new language and a new culture, stops being something you're doing for someone else and starts being something you're doing for yourself. For Jessica, although the relationship that brought her to Germany ended, her love affair with Germany continues to this day.

 

Jessica's German podcast recommendation: Ostwärts - Eine Ode an den Osten

Have any German podcast recommendations for us? Please share via email or social media!

 

FIND JESSICA

Visit her website, JessicaDrucker.com

Check out her book, How To Move Abroad (And Why It’s the Best Thing You’ll Do)

Learn about her life coach services

 

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Study Abroad BFFs with Chad & Jared from Untranslatable Podcast

Study Abroad BFFs with Chad & Jared from Untranslatable Podcast

February 21, 2019

Season 2, Episode 5. By coincidence, Chad and Jared signed up for the same college study abroad program in Vienna, Austria. Although they knew each other from around campus back in Michigan, it wasn't until they were tossed together into an unfamiliar place that they became close friends.

Now, 7 years later, Chad lives in the Czech Republic and Jared lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and they keep their long-distance friendship alive as co-hosts of the Untranslatable Podcast, where they discuss an array of fascinating linguistic topics.

The two come onto The Expat Cast to chat about how their experience in Austria drew them together, what they've done to maintain their German language skills, and why they started their podcast.

 

FIND CHAD & JARED

Untranslatable Podcast

Instagram @UntranslatablePodcast

Twitter @Untranslatable1

 

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Learning German with Jenny

Learning German with Jenny

January 24, 2019

Season 2, Episode 1. It's 2019! Is one of your goals for the new year to learn German? Super, then buckle up and brace yourself for some German-learning resources, tips, & venting. Of course, to learn German, or any language, a course is a great idea. But if you can't take a class due to money, access, or whatever, no fear. Our discussion focuses on free methods that are available to everyone.

We explain why Tandem partnerships are so effective, advocate for labeling everything in your room/apartment/home/office/life auf Deutsch, vent about akkusative and dativ, and swap our favorite German-language TV shows, podcasts, books, and more.

Reach out to The Expat Cast on social media or via email to share your German learning tips as well as your favorite German-language content!

 

MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE

Online:

Tandem.net for online language exchange

Mango Languages (Americans: check if your local library back home has a subscription to this service! Research this on the library's website.)

DuoLingo

Babbel

Deutsche Welle's Deutsch Lernen

Goethe Institut's Free German Practice

 

Books:

Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen (featuring the amazing new 20th anniversary edition cover!)

Lustiges Taschenbuch

Jim Knopf

Deutsch Perfekt magazine

Der Spiegel, a very beloved German news magazine

 

Podcasts:

Deutsch - Warum Nicht?

Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten 

Slow German

Coffee Break German 

 

TV Shows:

Türkisch für Anfänger 

 

Ku'damm 56

Babylon Berlin

Dark

Tatort

Der Tatort Reiniger

Stormberg

Pastewka

ZDF's website (If you're in Germany, you already pay for this! Part of your fee covers an online streaming service & live TV via the web.)

German with Jenny on YouTube

 

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From Army to Expat with Kris

From Army to Expat with Kris

December 20, 2018

Season 1, Episode 25. "The things that I'm worried about now are more future tense."

Floridian Kris enrolled in the US Army in part because he was eager to travel, and he was happy to find himself stationed in Germany between missions. After two years of getting to know the German culture, Kris decided to learn the language, too, and shortly after his time in the military ended, Kris decided to call Germany his home forever. He shares with us how he came to that decision and what it is about Germany that he loves so much.

Along the way, Kris traveled to Australia and Thailand, where he learned from some digital nomad YouTube experts how best to create a successful YouTube channel. He must have learned from the right people, because within a year, Kris' channel, Soldier of Life, has 12,000 subscribers and an active fan base of Americans and Germans alike. It was an honor to have him on the show & a perfect episode to close out our first season and the wild year that was 2018.

 

FIND KRIS

Check out his YouTube for videos about being a soldier, learning German, being Black in Germany, and more at Soldier of Life

Kris' freshly-launched website

Instagram @solakirus

Twitter @solakirus

 

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Family of Six Takes a Year Abroad with Anne & Thompsen

Family of Six Takes a Year Abroad with Anne & Thompsen

September 13, 2018

Season 1, Episode 11. Anne Thompsen Lord, a mother of four, and her oldest son, Thompsen, sit down with The Expat Cast to share their experience with their family's year abroad. Anne and her husband Errol wanted to spend a year abroad so that their kids could have the gift of a second language, so when Errol's job as a professor of philosophy brought them the opportunity to live in Freiburg, Germany, they leapt on it. They packed up their things, rounded up their 10-year-old, 7-year-old, and 5-year-old twins and dove into the adventure. Anne and Thom share their perspectives on life in Germany as a mom and as a kid. Their insights provide a charming mixture of classic problems, like feeling like an outsider or hating math homework, and unique problems, like finding a sense of home in a sea of unfamiliarity and navigating a school system where things like transportation aren't organized for you.

 

RESOURCES

Anne's blog about her life in Freiburg: https://theexpatcast.podbean.com/e/family-of-six-takes-a-year-abroad-with-anne-thompsen/

Freiburg Anglican Churchhttps://freiburganglicanchurch.wordpress.com/

Carl-Schurz-Haus, the German-American center in Freiburg: http://www.carl-schurz-haus.de/en/home.html

List of German-American Cultural Institutions in Germany: https://de.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/german-american-cultural-institutions/

 

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Teaching English Abroad with Ashley

Teaching English Abroad with Ashley

July 8, 2018

Season 1, Episode 3. We sit down with Ashley Matthäus, who moved to Germany without knowing German and without teaching experience. She was able to start her career as an English as a Foreign Language teacher at language schools that don't require previous experience, then work her way up to the higher paying language schools before becoming the head of the adult language courses at one of the schools. Ashley shares tips, tricks, and lessons learned along the way, and she also shares how she became fluent in German without formal language courses.

 

RESOURCES

Freiberufliche Visum, or Freelance Visa, info for Berlin (Requirements will be similar across Germany). https://service.berlin.de/dienstleistung/305249/en/

InLingua and Berlitz, two nation-wide language schools who will hire native speaker teachers without previous experience. https://www.inlingua.com/ and http://www.berlitz.com/

Learning German online: Rosetta Stone, Busuu, Duo Lingo.

Language Course Visas with Jenny

Language Course Visas with Jenny

July 8, 2018

Season 1, Episode 2. American ex-pat Jenny came to Germany on a language course, or Sprachkurs, visa. She stayed a full calendar year and took A1, A2, and B1 German courses at the local Volkshochschule, literally, the people's college, similar to American community college. What does one need to get this visa? Jenny talks us through all the details of what you need to get a language course visa, and she and host Nicole discuss the experience of learning German as a first second language for English speakers.

 

RESOURCES

Volkshochschule exist all over Germany, but here's a link to the one in Freiburghttps://vhs-freiburg.de/

Sprachkurs Visum info for Berlin (Requirements will be similar across Germany). https://service.berlin.de/dienstleistung/324289/en/

Guide to health insurance for ex-pats. https://www.thelocal.de/20160616/health-insurance-for-expats-in-germany-a-quick-guide-mawista-tlccu

DeutscheBank International Student Blocked Account. https://www.deutsche-bank.de/pk/konto-und-karte/konten-im-ueberblick/internationale-studenten1.html

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