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Becoming Bilingual with Casey

Becoming Bilingual with Casey

April 30, 2020

Season 4, Episode 6. Nicole and Casey 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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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. 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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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.

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.

If you like this topic, check out our Valentine's Day 2019 episode about Long-Distance Relationships

You can hear more about Katie's job as a translator for German genealogical documents here.

 

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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 The Germany Experience is a guest on The Expat Cast!

Shaun moved to Germany from South Africa years ago with his wife, in search of adventure and new experiences. 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.

 

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Online at thegermanyexperience.de

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More information on what his son has here  

 

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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!

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!

 

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The GrünGürtel in Frankfurt

LGBT sports club in Frankfurt: FVV

LGBT Meetup in Frankfurt via Meetup.com

 

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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. We give our best go at answering questions sent to us from expats all over.

For a full list of questions and resources mentioned in the episode, click here.

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.

 

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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? Germany wasn't anywhere on Jessica's radar when she started dating her German girlfriend. But eventually, she moved to her girlfriend's hometown of Erfurt, Germany.

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. 

 

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

Learn about her life coach services

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

 

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Study Abroad BFFs with Chad and Jared from Untranslatable Podcast

Study Abroad BFFs with Chad and 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.

 

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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.

For a full list of resources mentioned in the episode, click here.

 

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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.

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Family of Six Takes a Year Abroad with Anne and Thompsen

Family of Six Takes a Year Abroad with Anne and 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.

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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)
  • InLingua and Berlitz, two nation-wide language schools who will hire native speaker teachers without previous experience
  • Learning German online: Rosetta Stone, Busuu, Duo Lingo

 

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Language Course Visas with Jenny

Language Course Visas with Jenny

July 8, 2018

Season 1, Episode 2. American expat 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.

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