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In our podcast “Understanding Train Station”, we (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 an all too common feeling when dealing with another culture and living abroad. Feli (aka “German Girl in America” on YouTube) ...
 
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Sign up for the Lingoda Sprint here by October 15 ▸ https://bit.ly/Sprint-UTS and use the code CHAMP21 to save 20€/25USD on the deposit! (Terms and conditions apply. Make sure to read the rules of the Sprint.) #sprint202109 In this week‘s episode we head west from Germany (at least mentally if not physically) and had the opportunity to interview tw…
 
Sign up for the Lingoda Sprint here by October 15 ▸ https://bit.ly/Sprint-UTS and use the code CHAMP21 to save 20€/25USD on the deposit! (Terms and conditions apply. Make sure to read the rules of the Sprint.) #sprint202109 We're back at it! You guys sent me voice recordings of YOUR English or German dialect/accent and we tried to understand what y…
 
Sign up for the Lingoda Sprint here by October 15 ▸ https://bit.ly/Sprint-UTS and use the code CHAMP21 to save 20€/25USD on the deposit! (Terms and conditions apply. Make sure to read the rules of the Sprint.) #sprint202109 September 26th is going to be a big day for Germany! The German people are electing a new Bundestag (federal parliament) and a…
 
+++German-speaking sections: 00:35:32 - 00:42:26 and 00:50:15 - 00:54:08. English subtitles available on YouTube for that part! Just activate them on YouTube.+++ Do we think that Germans should be more patriotic? Was it difficult to have our university degrees recognized in the other country? What did our parents say when we told them we were going…
 
A while back we asked you all to send us voice messages of you speaking your dialect/regional accents! We were overwhelmed with the number of messages we received and were only able to feature a few of them back in Episode 21. For that reason we decided to keep the series going and continue with the messages we didn’t get to last time! These are so…
 
+++German-speaking section: From 00:43:08 to 00:47:48. Subtitles in German and English available for that part.+++ How did you learn German? Why do you sound like a native speaker? Josh gets these questions all the time and people are often surprised to hear that he did not grow up in Germany or in a German-speaking family but actually didn't take …
 
Sign up for the Lingoda Sprint here by July 26 ▸http://bit.ly/LingodaxUTS_Sprint and use the code FAST47 to save 20€/25USD on the first month's tuition! (Terms and conditions apply. Make sure to read the rules of the Sprint.) Shop our merch! :)▸https://felifromgermany.com/ From burgers and American football to pop music and Hollywood movies - you d…
 
Interview goes from 15:54 to 1:14:08. Sign up for the Lingoda Sprint here by July 16 ▸http://bit.ly/LingodaxUTS_Sprint and use the code FAST47 to save 20€/25USD on the deposit! (Terms and conditions apply. Make sure to read the rules of the Sprint.) Shop our merch! :)▸https://felifromgermany.com/ In this week’s episode, we got the opportunity to in…
 
Shop our merch! :)▸https://felifromgermany.com/ Sign up for the Lingoda Sprint here by July 16 ▸http://bit.ly/LingodaxUTS_Sprint and use the code FAST47 to save 20€/25USD on the deposit! (Terms and conditions apply. Make sure to read the rules of the Sprint.) Being fluent in another language opens a lot of doors in life. Josh gets to live abroad in…
 
Sign up for the Lingoda Sprint here by July 16 (June 24 for the early bird offer!)▸http://bit.ly/LingodaxUTS_Sprint and use the code FAST47 to save 20€/25USD on the deposit! (Terms and conditions apply. Make sure to read the rules of the Sprint.) Imagine moving to a foreign country to go to a boarding school where you don’t speak the language fluen…
 
Have you ever wondered how different countries handle educating the next generation? It’s easy to forget that things are done differently in different countries and cultures. In this week’s episode, we discuss the differences between the German and American school systems. Do Americans really ride a yellow school bus to school, split up into clique…
 
Josh moved from Cincinnati to Munich at the beginning of the year! In episode 13, we asked you to send us questions to the "future" Josh and now it's finally time to answer them and give you an update on how Josh is doing in Germany and adjusting to life in Munich. In this episode, we talk about Josh's experiences with finding a permanent flat shar…
 
Young women are called Fräulein, Austrians eat Schnitzel with noodles, and the song "Edelweiss" is their national anthem?! These and many more clichés and misconceptions about the German-speaking countries play a role in the musical film “The Sound of Music” (1965). While most people outside of the US have never even heard of it, it's a classic for…
 
Sign up for the Lingoda Sprint here by April 23▸http://bit.ly/UTC_SprintLC and use the code CHANGE124 to save 10€/12USD on the first month's tuition! (Terms and conditions apply. Make sure to read the rules of the Sprint.) When we talked about the different German and American dialects and accents in episode 15, we asked you guys to submit voice re…
 
Sign up for the Lingoda Sprint here by April 16▸http://bit.ly/UTS_Lingoda and use the code CHANGE112 to save 10€/12USD on the deposit (49€/59USD)! (Terms and conditions apply. Make sure to read the rules of the Sprint.) He moved from Vietnam to Idaho and Washington during high school with his twin brother, went on to get his bachelor's degree in Oh…
 
Sign up for the Lingoda Sprint here by April 16▸http://bit.ly/UTS_Lingoda and use the code CHANGE112 to save 10€/12USD on the deposit (49€/59USD)! The Super Sprint has sold out, make sure to save your spot for the Sprint! (Terms and conditions apply. Make sure to read the rules of the Sprint.) Oktoberfest, pretzels, and Christmas markets? You’d thi…
 
Sign up for the Lingoda Sprint here by April 16▸http://bit.ly/UTS_Lingoda and use the code CHANGE112 to save 10€/12USD on the deposit (49€/59USD)! ++The Super Sprint has sold out, make sure to save your spot for the Sprint++ We’re back from our break and are hitting the ground running! While we enjoyed having some time off to relax and recharge, we…
 
Since you guys ask us so many questions in the comments and via dm and email, we decided to dedicate a whole episode to answering them! We touched on the topic of cuckoo clocks, what kinds of food we can't find in the other country, teen pregnancy, our experiences with the Covid restrictions, taxes, and MUCH MORE! Who knows, maybe we answered your …
 
What's it like to work where other people go on vacation? Marco Foelske knows the answer because he's been working in the hospitality business his whole life. Born and raised in Bremen, Germany he has worked and lived in many countries around the world, including England, Switzerland, Poland, and different states within the U.S. We're glad he was a…
 
In this week's episode, we take a trip through the crazy and confusing world of accents and dialects in both the U.S. and Germany. What is the difference between an accent and a dialect? Is double negation actually incorrect? What's the proper way to refer to a "carbonated beverage" in the US? And what do you call the last piece of bread in a loaf?…
 
A Munich native who lives in Cincinnati? Nope, we're not talking about Feli and even though our guest ended up in the same city as her, he has a very different story! Daniel played American football in the German Football League in Ingolstadt, did an exchange year in the US during high school, and worked his ass off to get a scholarship to play col…
 
Josh is in Munich! :) In this week’s episode, we talk about Josh’s move to Germany, what that process looked like, some of the challenges that COVID posed, and some of our tips for people looking to move internationally. In addition to the main topic, we go on our usual few tangents about the descriptiveness of the German language and how living ab…
 
Today's guest Seymer is originally from Mexico but lived in Germany for a couple of years for college and work and then moved to the US. We wanted to know which of the three countries has the best work culture, how friendships are different, how safe he's felt in each of the countries, and how he deals with speaking three languages on a daily basis…
 
What's up with Germans talking about the yellow from the egg and leaving the church in the village? And what does it mean when Americans talk about cakes that you can't have and eat, too? Or beating dead horses?! Today's episode is all about German and American idioms, slang, and other colloquialisms. What do you think, how many German idioms does …
 
Whether you celebrate with lead pouring and fireworks or by watching the ball drop in New York while singing Auld Lang Syne, New Year's Eve is upon us! In this episode we discuss how we both celebrate New Year's Eve and talk about some of the traditional ways of ringing in the new year in Germany and the U.S. Get your pots and pans (or your firewor…
 
What's it like to grow up in both Germany and the USA? That's what we talked about with this week's guest Jay Samuelz, a successful Youtuber, filmmaker, and musician based in Berlin. Since he is half American and half German and moved back and forth between the two countries several times growing up, we were curious to find out what it's like to sw…
 
Lighting a candle each Sunday, opening a "door" every morning, and putting a shoe in front of your door on December 5th? These are some of many many German Christmas traditions that we talk about in this episode. And, of course, we talk about how Christmas is celebrated differently in the US where you'll see Santa Claus at the mall, stockings on th…
 
It’s time for another interview! In this episode, we expand our conversation beyond the U.S. and Germany and have our good friend Sheffi from India join us on the podcast. We discuss what it was like moving from a metropolis like New Delhi to a medium-sized city like Cincinnati, learning how to do laundry yourself, how friendships are different in …
 
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Since Thanksgiving is such a major holiday in the US, we decided to dedicate a whole episode to this day. We talk about how people celebrate it here, what the history behind it is, if Germans celebrate it at all, why Thanksgiving was challenging for Feli's taste buds, and what's up with Black Friday. We hope you guys en…
 
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.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/understandingtrai…
 
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 …
 
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 o…
 
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 Americ…
 
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. An…
 
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 m…
 
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