The Germany Experience

The Germany Experience
Life in Germany, as seen through the eyes of outsiders (previously called “Expat Life Germany”).

German culture: The top 10 selling musical artists in Germany (Craig from Scotland)
Aug 3 • 47 min
What artists have sold the most albums in Germany? A Scottish music fan joins me to find out.
African abroad (Tania from Kenya)
Jul 27 • 46 min
Staying true to your roots, giving back to Africa, and adjusting to the German culture.
Sandals and socks, making friends with Germans, and “selfishly” staying in Germany (Amy from the USA)
Jul 20 • 42 min
How difficult it is to make meaningful connections with Germans, and what it’s like when you make a conscious decision to stay in Germany.
Just a diplomatic spouse (Alexandra from Romania)
Jul 13 • 47 min
Life as the spouse of a diplomat, the importance of groups for integration, and adapting to constant change.
Singing schlager music in Germany, and misogyny in the music industry (Sarah Jane Scott from the USA)
Jul 6 • 52 min
Schlager music, becoming a schlager singer, and systemic misogyny in the music industry.
A southern liberal in Germany, running a coffee shop, and casual German racism (Christy from the USA)
Jun 29 • 42 min
Germany and special needs kids, not going home to the States for a decade, casual racism in Germany, and running a coffee shop.
Trilingualism, switching between languages, and Italian words adopted by German (Carmen from Italy)
Jun 22 • 52 min
A trilingual Italian living in Munich discusses becoming trilingual, maintaining her native language, and switching between languages.
The 5 phases of culture shock (Beth from the USA)
Jun 15 • 43 min
The stages of culture shock, finding a fulfilling job in Germany, and dealing with integration frustration.
Broken systems, turning points, and racism in Germany (Jessica from Germany)
Jun 9 • 33 min
Dealing with regular racism in Germany, the George Floyd effect, and how to keep the discussions going.
One year anniversary live stream - recorded 29th May 2020
May 30 • 33 min
I answer listener questions, talk about my highlights, and talk to previous guests.
You go me on the cookie! (Dana Newman from Wanted Adventure)
May 25 • 54 min
Dana Newman of Wanted Adventure discusses learning German, how German is NOT orderly, her book “You go me on the cookie”, and her YouTube channel.
Seven months as an exchange student in Germany (Montana Showalter from the USA)
May 18 • 38 min
Montana Showalter discusses her YouTube channel, her time as an exchange student in Germany, and how Germany changed her.
Learning German with apps, and working in the video games industry (Thomas from the UK)
May 10 • 43 min
Working in video games in Germany, self-learning German through apps, and angry letters from German neighbors.
Traveling with teenagers, and interrupted travel plans (Linda from the USA)
May 4 • 36 min
Moving to Europe for travel, practical tips for traveling with teens, and disrupted travel plans due to the coronavirus.
German culture: The top 10 grossing German movies (Dominik from the Ach! podcast)
Apr 28 • 36 min
What the top 10 grossing German movies reveal about German culture.
Homebrewing beer (Greg & Brigida)
Apr 23 • 12 min
Adventures and misadventures in home brewing beer.
From USA to Germany, California style (Greg from USA and Brigida from Germany)
Apr 21 • 44 min
Moving to Germany without a plan, life with unreasonable children, German beer, and facing your fears
BONUS - Poetry in Berlin, feminism, and diversity (Deenara from Russia)
Apr 13 • 16 min
Bonus episode: Poetry in Berlin, feminisim, and de-stigmatizing of words
Some German idioms (Steph Fuccio from USA)
Apr 6 • 36 min
German idioms can be tricky for new German learners. Which is exactly why I throw a few at Steph Fuccio, host of the Geopats podcast, who is new to the language.
Dealing with depression in Germany (Deenara from Russia)
Mar 30 • 43 min
Recognizing depression, getting a therapist as a foreigner in Germany, the barriers to getting help, and online therapy.
Being a TV anchor, online weirdos, and stereotypes about Russian women (Daria from Russia)
Mar 23 • 39 min
A day in the life of a news anchor, dealing with Internet critics and stalkers, and the disappointed Western man.
Coronavirus and COVID-19 in Germany (with Nicole from The Expat Cast and Steph from Geopats)
Mar 16 • 41 min
Three podcasters discuss COVID-19 in Germany and cover their personal situations, fake news, coping with the heaviness of a pandemic, and how people should stay home.
Leaving Germany after a decade (Natalie from the UK)
Mar 9 • 38 min
Natalie explains why she is leaving Germany after more than a decade, explains why meetups are useful for learning German and meeting people, and talks about what she won’t miss in Germany.
Finding yourself in a second language: language and identity (Steph from Germany)
Mar 2 • 40 min
Steph is a Bavarian who speaks English at a native-speaker level. She has insights about being bilingual and about how languages help shape our identity.
Moving after 40, sensationalist media, and loneliness in Germany (Klaus from Brazil)
Feb 22 • 34 min
Klaus was born in Brazil before spending the first 12 years of his life in Germany. After returning to Brazil, he remained in touch with the German language and the culture. By the time he decided to move back to Germany in his early 40s, he was still…
A German experiences the Ausländerbehörde (Nina from Germany)
Feb 20 • 11 min
Nina, a German, experienced Germany’s infamous foreigner’s office for herself. Here’s her story.
Carnival/Fasching in Germany: “pomp and splendor” (Nina from Germany)
Feb 16 • 33 min
It’s the middle of Carnival (also known as Fasching or Fastnacht, depending on where in Germany you are). I am not a big fan of it, and so I got a real live German who IS a fan of it to come on the show and explain to me why she loves it. We brush up on…
A serial expat in Germany (Amy from Canada)
Feb 9 • 42 min
Amy is the host of The Expat Experience podcast. She has landed up in Germany after spending time in Vietnam and China, and in our interview she discusses how she’s learning German, what it’s like making German friends, and if she regards Germany as her…
Motivated to adapt by painful social moments (Sindy from Hong Kong)
Feb 2 • 39 min
Painful moments and difficulties helped motivate Sindy from Hong Kong to adapt and thrive in Germany.
Announcement: Renaming the show to The Germany Experience from 1 February 2020
Jan 27 • 2 min
The show is getting a new name: The Germany Experience
Classic German movies: Loriot’s Pappa Ante Portas
Jan 20 • 24 min
Here’s why Loriot’s Pappa Ante Portas is such a classic German comedy, and how it has entered German culture.
SOFA status, growing a thicker skin, and tracking a stolen phone with the Polizei (Audrey & Zach from USA)
Jan 12 • 59 min
How a SOFA status makes you invisible to Germany, and growing a thicker skin to cope with the German culture
Making German candy, learning German history, and growing up as a third culture kid in Bavaria (Travis J. Dow)
Jan 4 • 61 min
Travis J. Dow, host of History of Germany podcast, talks about making candy, growing up a third culture kid in Bavaria, and learning German history.
FEGEPADFO Charity Challenge - Final Wrap-Up
Jan 3 • 2 min
The last wrap-up of the FEGEPADFO charity challenge of December 2019
Missing holiday traditions from home, making new traditions, and fireworks on New Year’s Eve
Dec 23, 2019 • 23 min
When you move to Germany, you bring some of your holiday traditions with, adopt German traditions, and create new ones.
Unhappy in Germany (S from India)
Dec 15, 2019 • 53 min
What happens when the German dream becomes the German nightmare?
The German Freelance Visa (James from
Dec 7, 2019 • 36 min
James from explains what the German Freelance Visa is, who can benefit from it, how you can apply for it, and what you need to know about it.
How Germany changed us (Jibran from Pakistan)
Dec 2, 2019 • 41 min
When you move to another country, you don’t always realize how much that country’s culture will change you.
A Berliner, a Hamburger, a Neapolitan, and a world citizen (Liliana from Italy)
Nov 18, 2019 • 42 min
Liliana from Italy compares Hamburg, Berlin, and Naples, getting German citizenship, and her advice for expats.
Being far from family when losing someone, making friends through team sports, and security in Germany (Rafael from Brazil)
Nov 3, 2019 • 42 min
One of the difficult parts of living far from home is dealing with tragedy when it happens. Rafael from Brazil discusses this and other aspects of his German life.
Discussing German stereotypes with Nicole from The Expat Cast
Oct 20, 2019 • 41 min
Nicole from The Expat Cast helps me confirm or bust common cliches and stereotypes about Germans.
Being an English-Speaking Writer in Germany, Bringing a Pet to Germany, and “The God Queen” (Mari from USA)
Oct 12, 2019 • 36 min
Mari self-published her debut novel, and discusses the challenges of being an English-speaking writer in Germany. She also explains how you get a dog from the USA to Germany.
The “Why” Has to be Right (Vlad from Romania)
Oct 6, 2019 • 37 min
Is integration always a choice? And why do Romanians have a bad reputation in western Europe? Vlad from Romania discusses some difficult topics about his homeland.
Article 116 (Michael from USA)
Sep 29, 2019 • 31 min
Michael is from USA, but his life is intertwined with Germany. He discusses Germany during the 80s, and the differences to modern Germany.
parkrun Germany
Sep 22, 2019 • 27 min
The parkrun concept is a global phenomenon: a free weekly running event. And it’s a great way for expats to get out exercising and to meet new people.
Defining “Expat”
Sep 15, 2019 • 26 min
The word “expat” can be problematic, and Shaun attempts to define it in the context of the podcast
BONUS: Social Media and Expats, Charity Work as an Expat, and Friends Moving On
Sep 10, 2019 • 12 min
Bonus content from my interview with Anna Noakes Schulze.
Living Abroad Teaches Us the Power of Connections (Anna from Canada)
Sep 4, 2019 • 50 min
Anna Noakes Schulze discusses her TEDx talk about the invisible threads that connect us, the question of identity, learning German too fast, and raising special needs children in Germany.
Finding and Getting a Job In Germany
Aug 27, 2019 • 72 min
How to find jobs in Germany, what to include in your CV, and what to expect from job interviews
Through the Eyes of a Newly-Arrived Expat (Sarah From Syria, Canada, et al)
Aug 12, 2019 • 38 min
Sarah, who has spent time just about everywhere, discusses her first impressions of Germany
Tim From France - Not So Far From Home
Aug 6, 2019 • 47 min
Tim is a French agile coach, mentor advocate, public speaker and successful podcast host, who has made Germany his home.
The E-Scooterpocalypse & Feeling Dumb in Germany
Jul 29, 2019 • 16 min
Everyone hates E-scooters in the big German cities, and it’s so easy to feel dumb in Germany.
Natalie from Australia - From the Outback to Europe
Jul 24, 2019 • 50 min
A stay-at-home mum discusses her experiences learning German, being a parent, and being a creative expat.
Shannon from USA - Church Bells and Bicycles
Jul 16, 2019 • 29 min
Falling in love with Germany, returning as an expat, and escaping the expat bubble
Arvi From India - Founding a Startup in Germany
Jul 9, 2019 • 33 min
Arvi from India discusses his platform for providing assistance to expats, MyHelpBuddy, and explains how to found a startup in Germany.
Lori From USA - Teaching English, Learning Languages, and Raising Bilingual Children in Germany
Jul 1, 2019 • 34 min
Lori from USA discusses the nuances of languages, teaching English, and how knowing a language doesn’t mean you know a culture.
BONUS: How Sarah Almost Got Scammed
Jul 1, 2019 • 20 min
In this bonus episode, Sarah, an expat in Berlin, explains how she nearly fell for an apartment scam.
Don’t Get Scammed + Round-Up With Abi
Jun 25, 2019 • 21 min
A round-up of the most interesting topics from, and how not to get scammed as an expat.
The Essential Book for New Expats in Germany
Jun 18, 2019 • 41 min
The writers of Bürgeramt to the Bedroom talk about the book and their expat experiences
Noor From Pakistan - Don’t Forget Your ‘Gungs
Jun 11, 2019 • 41 min
Noor talks about getting your ‘Gungs and meeting ultra-right Germans
Dwight From Australia - Controlling the Transmission
Jun 4, 2019 • 40 min
A writer and film maker living in Cologne shares his expat story, plus rundfunkbeitrag, FIFA Women’s World Cup, and E-scooters
My Expat Story
May 28, 2019 • 17 min
Meet the host of Expat Life Germany. Plus: EU elections, credit card payments in Germany, and garden creepers.
The Germany Experience Trailer
May 19, 2019 • 1 min
Teaser trailer for the first two episodes, coming soon!