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Understanding Train Station

Understanding Train Station

By Josh and Feli
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 “Feli from Germany” on YouTube) is a German living in the U.S. and Josh is probably the most “Germanized” American you’ll ever meet.
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EP55: How to Spend a Summer - Cincinnati vs. Munich
Go to https://try.lingoda.com/Sprint-UTS and use our code TRAINSTATION to get 20€ ($25) off your deposit when signing up for the Lingoda Sprint! #sprint202208 With the sun beating down strong on Europe and Cincinnati being as humid as ever, we decided to talk about the ways we perceive summer in our chosen homes vs. our places of origin. We talk about how people spend their summers in the two cities, going on vacation, and what summer meant for us growing up. So let's dive into (pun intended!) our stories about kayaking, ice cream, fireflies or and swimming! :) Mentioned videos: Ice Cream ISN’T THE SAME in Germany & USA?! ▸https://youtu.be/DKLUt09uRlw EP4: Work-Life & Office Culture feat. Niklas ▸https://youtu.be/ireY7viwbBk You can also watch this podcast on YouTube or listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:31:29
August 11, 2022
EP54: From Cincinnati to Vienna and Berlin - Stories of an International Student feat. Sarah
++German speaking part 1:37:47 - 1:44:25 - English subtitles available YouTube!++ Go to https://try.lingoda.com/UTS_July and use our code UTSJULY to get 20€ ($25) off your deposit when signing up for the Lingoda Sprint! #sprint202207 Although we try to include various perspectives in our interviews, sometimes there’s just no place like home! That's why this week, we are excited to introduce you to someone who has helped out somewhat behind the scenes here with the podcast, namely Sarah. Sarah is a Cincinnatian, like Josh, and currently lives in Berlin. If you want to hear more about her experiences moving during a pandemic, living in Austria and being a master's student in Berlin, make sure you listen to the end! She also has some tips for others wanting to pursue a similar path so if that’s you, we hope you can get something from the interview. We hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as we did! Mentioned videos: EP48: Let's Speak Some German! ▸https://youtu.be/u2_b2VPqw1g EP29: Where It All Began - An Interview with Josh's High School German Teacher▸https://youtu.be/m0V3CT0vuTA Easy German channel ▸https://www.youtube.com/easygerman You can also watch this podcast on YouTube or listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:51:23
July 29, 2022
EP53: Q&A - Tricky Words, Fashion Differences, Gun Control and More!
Go to https://try.lingoda.com/UTS_July and use our code UTSJULY to get 20€ ($25) off your deposit when signing up for the Lingoda Sprint! #sprint202207 You asked and we answered! After having some heavier topics in the last episodes, we wanted to interact more with you all and answer some of your questions. So in this week’s episode, we discuss a hodgepodge of various topics and give you our tips and opinions to answer your questions. If you want to know what the hardest words are for us to pronounce, how we can identify Americans abroad, what superstitions Germany and the US have in common, or what our thoughts on safety in the US are then make sure to stick around till the end! You can also watch this podcast on YouTube or listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:26:53
July 14, 2022
EP52: Getting Settled Smoothly (& Happy Pride!) feat. Jen & Yvonne from Simple Germany
Go to https://try.lingoda.com/UTS_June and use our code UTSJUNE to get 20€ ($25) off your deposit when signing up for the Lingoda Sprint! #sprint202206 Meet Yvonne and Jen - founders and co-creators of Simple Germany. We are super excited to have them join us for our last episode in June - also known as Pride Month! Jen is originally from Guatemala and Yvonne is from Germany (Latin America and Germany - a mixture close to Josh’s heart). We loved learning more about what led them to start their website and YouTube Channel, hearing about how they both ended up in Düsseldorf and exchanging experiences with them about what it’s like to be LGBTQ+ in our respective countries! Make sure to check out their content to get tips on how to make the move to Germany go more smoothly. We hope you all enjoy it as much as we did and Happy Pride! Timestamps: 00:00 Intro | 06:17 Welcome Jen & Yvonne! | 16:37 Biggest culture shocks | 30:14 All about “Simple Germany” 51:02 | Being LGBTQ+ in Germany and other countries | 01:30:54 Which language do you speak with each other? Check out Simple Germany: https://www.youtube.com/simplegermany https://www.simplegermany.com/ You can also watch this podcast on YouTube or listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:35:16
June 30, 2022
EP51: Where We Come From - Ancestry, Ethnicity and Racism in Germany and the U.S.
Go to https://try.lingoda.com/UTS_June and use our code UTSJUNE to get 20€ ($25) off your deposit when signing up for the Lingoda Sprint! #sprint202206 Do you know where your ancestors came from? Josh did a genetic ancestry test a few years back and found out that he's mostly German and Irish! Taking these tests and speaking about your ancestry is a pretty common thing for Americans which is why this week, we took some time to discuss this ancestry-fascination in the U.S. and how ethnicity and racism are inherently intertwined with the topic as well. With buzz words like race and ethnicity so baked into the American vernacular, we also talked about Feli’s first interactions with these categories that are almost considered tabu in Germany. We hope you all enjoy our discussion and make sure to let us know your thoughts too! GERMAN TRIES ENGLISH TONGUE TWISTERS & VICE VERSA ▸https://youtu.be/9ZazWdsXDUQ Episode with Frau König ▸https://youtu.be/m0V3CT0vuTA Episode with Jay Samuelz ▸https://youtu.be/S29Xel4R2wk  Episode with Sheffi ▸https://youtu.be/7NtB0gVE_iQ You can also watch this podcast on YouTube or listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:09:22
June 16, 2022
EP50: From Ukraine to Germany - When War Forces One to Leave Home feat. Anna
Go to https://try.lingoda.com/UTS_June and use our code UTSJUNE to get 20€ ($25) off your deposit when signing up for the Lingoda Sprint! #sprint202206 This week, we head east to discuss and learn about the devastating situation that currently exists in Ukraine. Our friend Anna - a Ukrainian who fled to Germany - joined us to tell us about her experiences living in Ukraine when the war began, what life was like in the first few weeks of the invasion, her journey to Germany, and how she has adjusted to life here in Munich. And of course, we discussed some of the fun cultural differences between Germany and Ukraine (Would you have expected "tea" to be one of the first topics that came up here?). We are so thankful to her for being so vulnerable with us and being willing to share her experiences with all of us. We encourage everyone to inform themselves about what is going on and to support the efforts for peace in whatever way they can! Further resources: Kalush Orchestra - Stefania (Official Video Eurovision 2022) ▸https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8Z51no1TD0Organizations to donate to: ▸https://ukrainewar.carrd.co/▸https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/09/heres-a-list-of-top-rated-charities-to-help-the-ukraine-relief-effort.htmlFrom Germany▸https://www.tagesschau.de/spendenkonten/spendenkonten-133.html Timestamps: 00:00:00 Intro | 00:04:47 Josh's trip to East Germany & holidays | 00:09:02 Meat consumption | 00:13:15 Learn a language for your summer travels (with Lingoda) | 00:19:20 Introducing our guest Anna | 00:22:38 Welcome, Anna! | 00:24:21 Tell us about yourself | 00:36:32 How did you leave Ukraine? | 00:44:21 Was Germany really as welcoming to Ukrainian refugees as the media suggest? | 00:59:12 How and why did you become a German teacher? | 01:14:31 German part: How do you perceive Germans and Germany now that you live here? What are the biggest differences? | 01:19:32 More culture shocks | 01:32:08 What do you miss about Ukraine? | 01:39:45 What else would you like to share? You can also watch this podcast on YouTube or listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio!Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com
01:48:50
June 03, 2022
EP49: The Mystery of Eurovision & German vs. American Restaurant Culture
Go to https://try.lingoda.com/UnderstandingTrainStation and use our code UTSMAY to get 20€ ($25) off your deposit when signing up for the Lingoda Sprint! #sprint202205 ▸After last week’s intense German episode we thought we’d take the opportunity to explore some of the finer things in life - like the Eurovision Song Contest and restaurants! We discuss what Eurovision is, what we think about it, and who our favorite acts were. And since we just can’t seem to keep things short, we also covered the topics of dining in restaurants in the U.S. vs. Germany. We hope you guys enjoy the mishmash of topics and make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments! You can also watch this podcast on YouTube or listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:06:21
May 20, 2022
EP48: Let's Speak Some German!
Go to https://try.lingoda.com/UnderstandingTrainStation and use our code UTSMAY to get 20€ ($25) off your deposit when signing up for the Lingoda Sprint! #sprint202205 You guys asked for it and we made it happen! No more short segments where we say a few sentences in German. This week's episode is full on Deutsch! We asked you guys to send in your questions for us and we did our best to give you honest answers. It was weird speaking German in front of the camera instead of English but this way you get a glimpse into how we normally communicate with each other. Do you guys notice a difference? We hope you all enjoy and those of you who don't speak German don't get too upset! ++German segment starts at 00:07:38 - subtitles available on YouTube++ Check out Josh's "gas station story" here: AMERICAN FLUENT IN GERMAN! ▸ https://youtu.be/gr313Rac0Z8 Timestamps: 0:00 Intro (English)  - 2:37 Improve your German with Lingoda - 7:38 Start of Q&A in German - 8:17 Question 1 - 12:41 Question 2 - 19:01 Question 3 - 22:26 Question 4 - 23:53 Question 5 - 29:17 Question 6 - 38:15 Question 7 - 45:37 Question 8+9 - 55:18 Question 10 - 56:33 Question 11 - 01:01:00 Outro You can also watch this podcast on YouTube or listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:04:40
May 06, 2022
EP47: On The Road! Driving in Germany vs. USA
.What's it like to drive on the Autobahn? What's up with all those stop signs in the US? And why does the German driver's license cost so much? In this episode, we talk about the biggest differences in regards to driving in Germany and the US and share things that you should probably know before you get behind the wheel in the other country. Which country do you prefer to drive in? :) Time stamps: 0:00 Catching up: Josh's trip to Croatia, Feli's trip to Munich | 16:14 Traffic signs | 37:52 Speed limits & speeding tickets | 48:39 Getting your driver's license | 1:12:46 Driving on the Autobahn | 1:22:53 Personal preferences & pet peeves You can also watch this podcast on YouTube or listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:34:58
April 21, 2022
EP46: Y'all talk funny! Guessing YOUR accents & dialects - Pt. 5
You guys know the drill! It's mandatory for us to record at least one dialect guessing episode every time we get to record together in person - even though we ran into a few technical issues with our audio setup this time (sorry about that!). We LOVE including you guys in the podcast by listening to your recordings and, of course, it's a lot of fun for us to try and figure out where your accents and dialects are from. To send us your recording, just head over to anchor.fm/understandingtrainstation and then click on the “+ Message” button (note that there is a 1-minute time limit per message), and maybe you'll be part of the next episode in this series! :) [And yes, this is actually the fifth part of the series, not the fourth like we said in the episode. Do your research next time, Josh & Feli!] You can also watch this podcast on YouTube or listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
42:42
April 07, 2022
EP45: 100k Dollars Debt After College?! Money & Finances in Germany vs. USA
Josh was back in Cincinnati for two weeks, so we got to record a couple of episodes in person 🥳 And we finally got to talk about a topic that we've been wanting to cover for a while now: Money and finances in Germany and the US. While many Americans are probably shocked by the fact that a lot of places in Germany still don't accept card payments, many Germans are baffled by how many people in the US are in debt. From student loans and mortgages to car loans and credit card debt, for many Americans, borrowing money is a normal part of life. So let's talk about the different mindsets and approaches to finances and consumption as well as our personal experiences with credit scores (and the German Schufa)! Download the CHATTERBUG app and learn languages for free with their live streams and shorts! Click here if you're on your phone or here if you're on a desktop Mentioned videos and statistics: EP15: Do we speak the same language? Dialects & accents in the US and Germany ▸https://youtu.be/cdAMyjaBGPo EP2: Adulting 2.0 - Life Outside of the Classroom ▸https://youtu.be/cAR6nDM2wUo EP29: Where It All Began - An Interview with Josh's High School German Teacher ▸https://youtu.be/m0V3CT0vuTA Warum Amerikaner immer verschuldet sind by  @lebenUSA  ▸https://youtu.be/kZDuOvtz8Cw https://shiftprocessing.com/american-debt/ https://de.statista.com/statistik/daten/studie/257536/umfrage/anteil-der-deutschen-mit-kredit-nach-altersgruppen/#:~:text=%C3%9Cber%20alle%20Altersgruppen%20hinweg%20verf%C3%BCgten,10%2C1%20Prozent. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/20/heres-why-so-many-americans-cant-handle-a-400-unexpected-expense.html You can also watch this podcast on YouTube or listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:01:32
March 24, 2022
EP44: Friday Night Lights in a Quaint German Town feat. NALF
Moving to Germany to play American Football? Might sound crazy but our guest NALF did exactly that! Originally from Portland, Oregon, he now lives in the small (and beautiful!) German town of Schwäbisch Hall, plays football for the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns, and documents his life and everyday experiences on his YouTube channel. We were excited to finally have him on our podcast and talk to him about what it's like playing College Football in the US compared to the semi-professional league in Germany, what has kept him in Germany for over 6 years, and why he has an Italian passport! Check out NALF's YouTube channel here▸https://www.youtube.com/c/NALFVLOGS Mentioned episodes & videos: EP42: The Super Bowl & American Sports Culture ▸https://youtu.be/1V3l4_AC4Tw EP14: A German with the American Dream - Football and College Life feat. Daniel ▸https://youtu.be/lWmHKWBROdA DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO EXIT THE GARAGE! Life as an expat w/ NALF (Part 1) ▸https://youtu.be/ocHDhelwWPA You can also watch this podcast on YouTube or listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:09:34
March 10, 2022
EP43: From Sunny Australia to Running in Shorts in Munich feat. Lachlan
Do you miss Vegemite? How have you been dealing with German weather? Do people mistake you for a Brit? These are just some of the questions that you guys submitted on Instagram for this week's guest Lachlan who recently moved from Australia to Munich to pursue his master's and ended up becoming one of Josh's roommates - or flatmates, as he would call it! We talked about his experiences with German directness, people's reactions to him wearing shorts in the winter, Australian slang, and we even spoke some German together! ++German speaking part 00:37:09-42:14:19++ You can also watch this podcast on YouTube or listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:20:09
February 24, 2022
EP42: The Super Bowl & American Sports Culture
For the first time in over 30 years, the Cincinnati Bengals made it to the Super Bowl and are going to play the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, February 13th! The city of Cincinnati is going crazy over this and even we, two people who don't usually follow sports, are super excited which is why today's episode is all about the Super Bowl, American sports culture, and how it compares to sports culture in Germany. Go Bengals! P.S. Send us photos of your Super Bowl watch parties on Instagram @understandingtrainstation or via email at understandingtrainstation@gmail.com!   Mentioned episodes & videos: EP14: A German with the American Dream - Football and College Life feat. Daniel ▸https://youtu.be/lWmHKWBROdA Buying “AMERICAN” GROCERIES in Germany ▸https://youtu.be/bAuwlBMs3iU SPORTS in the US vs. Germany ▸https://youtu.be/EhwAaxudVKY You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:08:58
February 10, 2022
EP41: Y'all talk funny! We react to YOUR dialects - Pt. 4
It’s dialect guessing time! You guys sent us a voice recording of YOUR German or English accent/dialect and we're going to guess what you’re saying and where you’re from. And of course, you can guess along! 😊 This is the fourth episode in this little series but don’t worry, there will be more! If you want to be part of the next one, just send us a voice recording at anchor.fm/understandingtrainstation and click on the “+ Message” button. Check out the other episodes: EP21: Y’all speak funny! We react to YOUR dialects ▸https://youtu.be/d9Z46vD2ezA EP30: Y'all talk funny! We're listening to YOUR dialects ▸https://youtu.be/q7YfWFfceow EP33: Y'all talk funny! We're guessing YOUR dialects - Pt. 3 ▸https://youtu.be/mz9QlYkwMkM You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
45:39
January 27, 2022
EP40: Josh in Germany - One Year Later
One year ago, Josh packed up his things in Cincinnati and moved to Munich for work. Just a few days after he arrived, he and Feli sat together in this very spot and talked about the logistics of the move, the obstacles he was about to face, and what it felt like starting this new journey (watch here ▸https://youtu.be/KpFrtKhfy6Q). Now, a whole year later, Feli wants to know how his first year living in Germany went. What were the highlights and the low lights? Does Munich feel like home to him now? And has Germany changed him? EP13 Josh in Germany Pt. 1▸▸YouTube ▸Audio EP23: Josh in Germany Pt. 2 ▸YouTube ▸Audio You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
50:21
January 13, 2022
EP39: Return of a Legend - Interview and Life Update from Niklas
Try Lingoda with an exclusive discount of up to 40% off with our link: https://try.lingoda.com/Dec_UTS #lingoda202112 All good things must come to an end… but don’t worry, we’re not talking about this podcast! In this week's episode, one of our most requested guests, Niklas, returns to answer your questions, discuss differences between northern and southern Germany, and update us on some exciting things going on in his life. We hope you guys enjoy catching up with Niklas as much as we did and we wish everyone a wonderful holiday season!  Check out our last episode with Niklas ▸https://youtu.be/ireY7viwbBk Fettes Brot - Nordisch by Nature ▸https://youtu.be/KfWyo2mqXnw How GERMAN is CHICAGO? Discovering America's German Roots ▸https://youtu.be/JpJW7ywUpas You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:47:26
December 24, 2021
EP38: Q&A - German Dating Services, the Lottery, Visas, and More!
+++Subtitles available for German part at 39:17-41:16+++ Try Lingoda with an exclusive discount of up to 40% off with our link: https://try.lingoda.com/Dec_UTS #lingoda202112 Christmas time is here so we went through YOUR wish list aka questions for us and tried to answer them! We talk about German dating services, the German lottery, how to order at an American restaurant, how to find a job in the US as a German, and more. We hope you enjoy it! Mentioned episodes: Josh in Germany ▸https://youtu.be/KpFrtKhfy6Q Dialect episode▸https://youtu.be/mz9QlYkwMkM\ Episode with Leati▸https://youtu.be/aPxNaFGjcV8 Episode with Seymer▸https://youtu.be/akStgNGsDuQ Episode with Niklas ▸https://youtu.be/ireY7viwbBk Episode with Sheffi▸https://youtu.be/7NtB0gVE_iQ You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:09:02
December 09, 2021
EP37: When Kiwi Culture Meets Germany feat. Antoinette Emily
Try Lingoda with an exclusive discount of up to 40% off with our link: https://try.lingoda.com/Nov_UTS #lingoda202111 A German and a Kiwi meet in a bar in New Zealand. Numbers are exchanged and 11 years later they’re still together with three kids and are living in Germany. Although it may sound like the beginning of a joke, this is the story of this week’s interview guest Antoinette from the YouTube channel “Antoinette Emily”. We were so happy to be able to collaborate with her, learn more about her story and compare our experiences with moving abroad. Since Antoinette has children, she brings an interesting perspective that we haven’t had on the podcast yet. We hope you all enjoy our conversation as much as we did. And a Happy Thanksgiving to all!  Check out Antoinette's channel: ▸https://www.youtube.com/c/MamasStudio Follow Antoinette on Instagram: @antoinette_nz ▸https://www.instagram.com/antoinette_nz You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:41:41
November 25, 2021
EP36: No Humor vs. Fast Food? We react to the biggest clichés about Germany and the US
Go to https://try.lingoda.com/Nov-UTS and use our code UTS30 to get 30% off the Lingoda Marathon course or the first months of your monthly subscription! #lingoda202111 Americans are loud and eat nothing but fast food? 🇺🇸 And Germans have no sense of humor and are overly punctual? 🇩🇪 We asked you guys which clichés come to your mind when thinking about the two countries and you delivered! So for today's episode, we sat down and went through the list of clichés and shared our personal opinions on them both from the perspective of someone who grew up in that country and someone who just recently moved there. Let's find out how many of these statements we actually found to be true and how many were just straight-up bullshit! 😁 You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:40:60
November 11, 2021
EP35: Halloween
Go to https://bit.ly/UTS-Lingoda-Oct and use our code UTS30 to get 30% off the Lingoda Marathon course or the first months of your monthly subscription! ++German parts at 14:29 -17:41 and  01:06:41-01:08:27++ Americanization of existing culture or a childhood tradition? No matter how you view Halloween, we are both psyched that it’s right around the corner! In this week’s episode, we discuss how we celebrated Halloween and fall traditions growing up and how we now view it in our adoptive countries. Bobbing for apples, trick or treating, or dealing with grumpy neighbors, we share some of our favorite aspects of Halloween and look forward to hearing yours! Feli's video on "Halloween USA vs. Germany" ▸https://youtu.be/UAXyHE5L3DQ You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:12:20
October 29, 2021
EP34: La vie avec les boches - From France to Munich feat. Laetitia & Chloé
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 two of Josh’s French friends - Chloé and Laetitia. Both of them moved to Munich for work and have decided to stay for the foreseeable future. We had a great time learning about their stories, some of the cultural differences between Germany and France and what life is like for a French person living in Munich! We hope you all enjoy listening to our conversation and learning a little more about the relationship between these two neighboring countries! You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:15:13
October 14, 2021
EP33: Y'all talk funny! We're guessing YOUR dialects - Pt. 3
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 you were saying and locate where you might be from. This was already part 3 of this series that we enjoy a lot! We're going to record another episode for this, next time we're together in person, so feel free to send us your voice recordings at https://anchor.fm/understandingtrainstation (click on the "+ message" button). We can't wait to listen to your messages! :) Mentioned videos: EP29: Where It All Began - An Interview with Josh's High School German Teacher https://youtu.be/m0V3CT0vuTA  EP14: A German with the American Dream - Football and College Life feat. Daniel https://youtu.be/lWmHKWBROdA EP13: Josh in Germany - Moving During a Pandemic https://youtu.be/KpFrtKhfy6Q EP15: Do we speak the same language? Dialects & accents in the US and Germany https://youtu.be/cdAMyjaBGPo EP21: Y’all speak funny! We react to YOUR dialects https://youtu.be/d9Z46vD2ezA EP30: Y'all talk funny! We're listening to YOUR dialects https://youtu.be/q7YfWFfceow You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
57:33
September 30, 2021
EP32: The Name of the Game - How German Federal Elections Work
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 after 16 years of being in office, Angela Merkel decided not to run anymore and Germany will be getting a new chancellor. But how do elections even work in Germany? What's up with all that talk about an Erststimme (first vote) and a Zweitstimme (second vote)? And how is the chancellor elected if people don't vote for them on the ballot? In today's episode, we tried to answer all of these questions and give you guys a comprehensible overview of the German election process and the different parties. For more detailed insights, we linked some articles below. Also, please feel free to add information and talk about the elections in the comments on YouTube! Find more English speaking resources here: https://www.dw.com/en/german-election-process/a-37805756 https://www.deutschland.de/en/2021-bundestag-elections https://www.dw.com/en/cdu-csu-spd-afd-fdp-left-greens/a-38085900 Mentioned chart of the political spectrum chart Germany vs. USA: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/six-charts-to-help-americans-understand-the-upcoming-german-election/ You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:08:59
September 16, 2021
EP31: Q&A - German patriotism, living expenses, how our parents reacted to us moving abroad & more!
+++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 to move abroad? It's time for a Q&A episode, so we asked you guys on our Instagram page (@understandingtrainstation) to ask us questions and we went through them and tried to answer them as best as we could.  P.S. When Josh talked about having his university degree recognized in Germany, he's referring to this government agency: https://www.kmk.org/zab/zentralstelle-fuer-auslaendisches-bildungswesen.html Mentioned videos: EP29: Where It All Began - An Interview with Josh's High School German Teacher▸https://youtu.be/m0V3CT0vuTA EP13: Josh in Germany - Moving During a Pandemic ▸https://youtu.be/KpFrtKhfy6Q You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:12:06
September 02, 2021
EP30: Y'all talk funny! We're listening to YOUR dialects
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 some of our favorite episodes to record so make sure to send us your dialect if we haven’t gotten to it yet and we will keep the series going. Sit back, relax and have fun guessing along with us! Start learning languages with Busuu here:  💻  Web: https://bit.ly/understandingtrainstation_busuu 📱 Mobile: https://bit.ly/understandingtrainstation_busuu_app Mentioned videos: EP21: Y’all speak funny! We react to YOUR dialects▸https://youtu.be/d9Z46vD2ezA EP15: Do we speak the same language? Dialects & accents in the US and Germany▸https://youtu.be/cdAMyjaBGPo You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:01:52
August 19, 2021
EP29: Where It All Began - An Interview with Josh's High School German Teacher
+++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 his first German class until 10th grade. The reason why he became fluent so quickly was a mix of his own motivation and ambition, his talent for languages, and his amazing German teacher that he has mentioned several times on the podcast: Christine König (aka Frau König!). She's originally from Erfurt and grew up in the former GDR (East Germany) but she and her husband came to the US shortly after the reunification and have been living there for about 27 years now. We are so happy that Christine was able to join us for this week's episode and tell us a little more about her tips and tricks as a German teacher in the US and her experiences with the GDR. We hope you enjoy this episode despite the poor sound quality during some parts. Mentioned videos: ▸EP24: Get Schooled - Education in Germany vs. USA https://youtu.be/KeHEz5_7MoU▸WHY do German teachers in the USA do this wrong? 😅🇺🇸 https://youtu.be/D-2hPd32oG4▸EP15: Do we speak the same language? Dialects & accents in the US and Germany https://youtu.be/cdAMyjaBGPo You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Buy our merch ▸https://felifromgermany.com/collections/understanding-train-station • Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:24:08
August 05, 2021
EP28: Burgers, Football, Hollywood - American Culture in Germany
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 don't have to look far to realize that there are a lot of American influences in Germany. Or should we say "American" influences...? How has Josh experienced these things since moving to Germany six months ago? How much of it is actually authentically American? In episode 19, we talked about German culture in the US, so this week, we decided to turn the tables and share with you guys how - from our viewpoints - American culture has influenced Germany. EP19: German Culture in the US. How authentic is it really?▸https://youtu.be/mucNDa4YMZ4 You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:20:58
July 22, 2021
EP27: A Brit in Germany feat. Rachel Stewart [DW Meet the Germans]
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 interview Rachel Stewart from the ‘Meet the Germans’ series by the German international broadcaster DW - Deutsche Welle. In her YouTube videos and on Instagram, Rachel explains and introduces some of the quirky aspects and cultural traditions of Germany and its residents to non-Germans in a very entertaining but also educating way. Rachel is originally from the UK but has been living in Cologne, Germany for some time now. But how did she even end up in Germany? And what is it really like to 'meet the Germans' as a Brit? All of those questions are going to be answered in this episode and, of course, we also wanted to know more about what ‘Meet the Germans’ looks like behind the scenes and what they have in store for the future. We really enjoyed getting to share our experiences about moving from our home countries, adapting to new surroundings, and discovering some of the interesting differences between the US, the UK, and Germany and we hope you'll enjoy this episode as well. Make sure to check out the 'Meet the Germans' series on the DW Euromaxx YouTube channel, Instagram @dw_meetthegermans, or at https://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/meet-the-germans/s-32641. More awesome content by DW: DW News, Slowly spoken German news for German learners, DW Planet A, Learn German with DW, TikTok: @dw_deutschlernen or @DW_berlinfresh You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:18:20
July 08, 2021
EP26: Different Personalities in Different Languages?
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 Germany and work for a German company because of this while Feli was able to study in the US and eventually move there. However, being bilingual and especially living “between cultures”, as our podcast title says, can also bring internal challenges with it. One of those things that we’ve experienced ourselves is feeling like you have two different personalities in the two languages – like there are two different versions of yourself. In this episode, we took the time to dig deeper into what lies behind that, talked about what those two personalities look like for us personally, and what advantages and disadvantages it brings with it. We also answered a few of your questions from the YouTube comments at the end AND we included a German-speaking part too [00:54:46-01:04:20]! 😊 Timestamps: 0:00 Intro - 7:13 Different personalities in different languages? - 49:12 Q&A 54:46 German-speaking part (subtitles available!) - 01:04:20 Q&A Articles we quoted from: 1) Daily Mail: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3004943/Being-bilingual-really-two-minds-Researchers-say-people-different-personalities-language.html?fbclid=IwAR1FffFn4oDMw3tW4PdA6OOtItakfslFocher6YHq8V7mNDhwcYBmQHTAlQ 2) Hug-a-group: https://hugagroup.medium.com/do-you-feel-like-a-different-person-when-you-speak-a-foreign-language-here-is-why-61046ca3d4d3 EP25: A German at a British Boarding School feat. Clemens ▸https://youtu.be/z8l1RKwYZKI EP12: Tequila, Friendships, Safety - Life between Mexico, Germany, and the US feat. Seymer ▸https://youtu.be/akStgNGsDuQ You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:14:51
June 24, 2021
EP25: A German at a British Boarding School feat. Clemens
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 fluently - and all of this at the age of thirteen! To many, that would sound like a nightmare but this week’s guest did so willingly and even stayed to complete his schooling there! Clemens is Josh’s previous flatmate in Munich and agreed to join us for this week’s episode to share his experiences of having gone to a British boarding school. From school uniforms, athletics and boarding school culture, we loved getting to pick his brain and learn about this unique subculture of British education. We hope that you all enjoy hearing his story and getting a perspective on schooling that is completely different than what we have shared in the past! Clemens' YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMxl9_vH3a_5UM37W7D1aWw Last week's episode▸https://youtu.be/KeHEz5_7MoU Episode with Hien▸https://youtu.be/cjBPnIXK60U Episode with Jay▸https://youtu.be/S29Xel4R2wk You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:24:17
June 10, 2021
EP24: Get Schooled - Education in Germany vs. USA
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 cliques (jocks, cheerleaders, band nerds, etc.) and stay after school for hours on end for various school activities? Do Germans really get told whether or not they can go to university in the 5th grade, not have school sports and drink alcohol on school premises with their teachers? Stick around to hear about our experiences in the respective school systems! Let us know which aspect of each system you like best and how education is handled in your country! Mentioned videos: EP9: Growing up between the US and Germany feat. Jay Samuelz ▸https://youtu.be/S29Xel4R2wkAMERICAN - FLUENT IN GERMAN! Our Bilingual Friendship ▸https://youtu.be/gr313Rac0Z8 - EP8: Christmas Traditions in the US vs. Germany (Are St. Nikolaus and Santa Claus the same?!) ▸https://youtu.be/3x8JcTMFfy0 You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:33:11
May 27, 2021
EP23: Josh in Germany Pt. 2
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 share, buying a car, getting his residency permit, dealing with the German Department of Motor Vehicles and a whole bunch more!   EP13 Josh in Germany Pt. 1▸https://youtu.be/KpFrtKhfy6Q Bilingual friendship video▸https://youtu.be/gr313Rac0Z8 EP20 feat. Hien from Vietnam▸https://youtu.be/-7-N4RDOgPQ EP2 Adulting 2.0▸https://youtu.be/cAR6nDM2wUo EP12 feat. Seymer from Mexico▸https://youtu.be/akStgNGsDuQ EP10 New Year's Eve▸https://youtu.be/23I3ZntIYOw You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:23:56
May 13, 2021
EP22: We need to talk about "The Sound of Music"!
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 many Americans. They love the songs, the real-life story of the von Trapp family during the Nazi era, and, of course, the beautiful scenery in Salzburg, Austria where the movie is set. In today’s episode, we talk about the success and the cult status of the movie in the US, what Feli thought when she saw it for the first time, and the stereotypes about Germany and Austria that stem from it. Check out Feli's video on Oktoberfest: https://youtu.be/BHrnabGavtg You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "German Girl in America" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:02:51
April 29, 2021
EP21: Y’all speak funny! We react to YOUR dialects
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 recordings of your regional dialect/accent, and we were overwhelmed by how many messages we received! 😊 So, we sat down together and listened to them one after another while trying to guess what you guys were saying and where the accents and dialects were from. This was a lot of fun for us, and we hope you guys have just as much fun listening to the episode and maybe can even guess along with us. If you’d like to submit a message in YOUR regional accent/dialect, you’re welcome to do so here: https://anchor.fm/understandingtrainstation - just click the “+ MESSAGE” button! 😊 You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
57:00
April 22, 2021
EP20: Vietnam - USA - Germany. Living & Studying in 3 Countries feat. Hien
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 Ohio, and is now attending a master's program in Munich. In this week's episode, we're talking to our good friend Hien who is sharing his outsider perspective on what it’s like to live in the two countries we focus so much on in our podcast—even if he hasn’t gotten to experience Germany without Covid. We talk about his biggest culture shocks (Americans eat sweet in the morning?!), the differences of the university systems (you don't have to attend classes in Germany?!), and asked him about his experience with racism against Asians both in the US and in Germany. We hope you guys enjoy this conversation as much as we did! :) You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
53:55
April 15, 2021
EP19: German Culture in the USA. How authentic is it really?
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 think you’re in Germany but these traditions, along with many others, made their way across the pond and are now part of many Americans’ lives. In this week’s episode, we talk about the “German” traditions that exist in the U.S. and compare them to our experiences with the original traditions in Germany. How authentic is an American soft pretzel with beer cheese? Or dancing the chicken dance at an American "Oktoberfest"? Tag along and let us know what German things or traditions exist where you’re from! You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
53:52
April 08, 2021
EP18: Expat Podcasters United feat. Geoff & Alex from the AGDW podcast
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 couldn’t wait to get back in front of the mics and start recording again. For this week‘s episode, we interviewed Geoff and Alex, two Americans living in Berlin who are also hosts of their own podcast “Americans in Germany Drinking Whiskey”. We all had a ton to say and touched on a lot of different topics—language learning experiences, losing your native language, what habits we’ve adopted from our host countries, and more! We hope you enjoy our first episode back and make sure to go check out the AGDW podcast (links below).  "Americans in Germany Drinking Whiskey" Links: ▸https://www.agdwpodcast.com▸https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-NXjZVXOVIvqhGlVbdVxSA▸https://www.instagram.com/americans.in.germany.podcast You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:24:59
April 01, 2021
EP17: Cuckoo Clocks, Teen Pregnancies and our Non-Existent Acting Careers - Q&A
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 questions too? :) We hope you guys enjoy the episode and we'll be back on April 1st - mark your calendars! ++German part from 20:17 to 27:30 - subtitles available on YouTube!++ Videos we mentioned in the episode: Episode with Niklas about work-life: https://youtu.be/ireY7viwbBk - Episode with Jay about parenting and growing up in the US and Germany: https://youtu.be/S29Xel4R2wk - Feli's video on sex education: https://youtu.be/eTnr9q70_jw - Interview that Feli gave on a German podcast: https://anchor.fm/alles-ist-pop/episodes/Keine-Hasen-fotografieren---mit-Feli-ep55lv You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:22:23
February 25, 2021
EP16: Adventures of a German Hotel Manager Around the World feat. Marco Foelske
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 able to join us in this week's episode from his current home in Atlanta, Georgia to tell us about the reasons he dreamed about going to the US as a young professional, the challenges he and his family faced when moving from country to country, his biggest culture shocks, and about meeting big celebrities through his job. Check out the "Muttersprache" Podcast that Marco co-hosted for a few months ▸https://www.muttersprachepodcast.com/ and check out the interview with Feli here ▸ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU6NHIlKGvs You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:14:14
February 18, 2021
EP15: Do we speak the same language? Dialects & accents in the US and Germany
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? These are just some of the questions and topics that we discuss in our first full episode recorded from two different continents. Also, make sure to listen until the end to get the details on how you could be included in an upcoming episode! Send us your voice message here▸https://anchor.fm/understandingtrainstation Link to American Dialects Video▸https://youtu.be/H1KP4ztKK0A You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:41:19
February 04, 2021
EP14: A German with the American Dream - Football and College Life feat. Daniel
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 college football in Chicago. Why he quit his football career and moved to Cincinnati instead to study business is just one of the many stories he told us in today's episode. We talked about his love for the US, the sports culture in both countries, financial struggles, the American school spirit, and much more! Check out Daniel's initiative "Neo Consulting" ▸https://www.neocincy.com You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:29:19
January 28, 2021
EP13: Josh in Germany - Moving During a Pandemic
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 abroad changes the way you view the world. You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:24:58
January 21, 2021
EP12: Tequila, Friendships, Safety - Life between Mexico, Germany, and the US feat. Seymer
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. He also brought us some high-quality tequila and told us how confused he was when he first ordered Tequila in Germany! **German part from about 01:04:00 to 01:09:00** Check out the Link EUS online language classes here ▸https://www.link-eus.com/language and use the code TRAINSTATION60 for a $60 discount! You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:27:40
January 14, 2021
EP11: "That's not the yellow from the egg!" Our Favorite German and American Colloquialisms
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 Josh know and how familiar is Feli with American colloquialisms? We had a lot of fun guessing the meaning of some of these sayings and also learned a lot about their backgrounds! You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:13:37
January 07, 2021
EP10: Have a Good Slide - New Year's Eve in the U.S. and Germany
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 fireworks depending on the country) ready and have a glass of champagne as you listen to this week's episode of Understanding Train Station. We wish everyone a Happy New Year and Guten Rutsch! You can listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:07:37
December 31, 2020
EP9: Growing up between the US and Germany feat. Jay Samuelz
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 switch between the school systems, what role the two languages play in his everyday life, what his experiences with racism have been, and much more. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did! :) 0:00 Intro | 6:58 Background Story | 12:32 Switching between school systems | 16:58 Cursing in the US vs. Germany | 19:21 Disciplining children | 21:20 Differences at school (Which is system is harder?) | 27:27 Adjusting to a new culture/Culture Shocks | 31:14 Missing out on pop culture | 33:33 Switching between languages | 41:51 Experiences with stereotypes | 48:38 Race in the US | 52:16 Experiences with racism in GER & US [German section w/ subtitles] | 59:58 Culture clashes within the family | 01:06:52 What do you miss from the US? | 01:08:52 Accents | 01:14:46 Jay’s content | 01:16:32 Outro Check out Jay's content: • Jay & Arya YouTube channel • Among Us Short Film [English] • Jay & Arya - Podcast [some English episodes] • Jay Samuelz Music • @jaysamuelz on Instagram/Twitter/TikTok You listen to this podcast/watch it on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:21:39
December 17, 2020
EP8: Christmas Traditions in the US vs. Germany (Are St. Nikolaus and Santa Claus the same?!)
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 the fireplace, and fake Christmas trees popping up everywhere as early as November. Grab some tea, eggnog, or Glühwein, and dive into the wonderful world of Christmas with us. :) ++We’d like to apologize for the echo that you can hear on the recording in some parts, we hope it doesn’t bother you too much while listening. Also, Feli got some of the dates wrong in this episode: Of course, Heilige Drei Könige is on January 6th (not Dec 6th) and the second Christmas Day is on December 26th (not 24th).++ 0:00 Intro | 8:55 Advent time in Germany | 17:32 Christmas Decorations | 26:45 Advent calendars | 31:32 Christmas songs | 34:51 The Christmas Pickle | 35:58 St. Nikolaus & Krampus/Knecht Ruprecht | 45:30 Who brings the presents? Santa Claus/Christkind/Weihnachtsmann | 56:16 Other Christmas customs in the US | 01:01:19 Baking (gingerbread, cookies) | 01:04:56 Christmas Eve in Germany | 01:15:46 Christmas Eve & Day in the US | 01:27:01 Heilige Drei Könige (Three wise men) | 01:28:18 Christmas Markets | 01:33:33 Outro Mentioned Videos: Christoph Waltz Explains Krampus to Jimmy Fallon ▸https://youtu.be/VbkGuCozc9MLast year's video on Christmas ▸https://youtu.be/dROdQIwRzKcVideo on Karneval ▸https://youtu.be/IVQL_70rBggQ&A video with question about the Christmas pickle ▸https://youtu.be/wUrNyaHuaj0 You can also listen to us on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and Amazon Music! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:36:06
December 17, 2020
EP7: From India to the USA - Experiences of an International Student feat. Sheffi
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 different cultures and the effects stereotypes can have on day-to-day interactions. Stick around till the end to hear Sheffi's tips on not only surviving but thriving while living abroad for the first time! You can also listen to us on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and Amazon Music! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:08:57
December 03, 2020
EP6: Thanksgiving - American Traditions, History, and German Equivalent?
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 enjoy the episode and please stay safe everyone! You can also listen to us on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and Amazon Music! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
56:48
November 26, 2020
EP5: Our Language Learning Stories
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. You can also listen to us on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and Amazon Music! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:13:07
November 19, 2020
EP4: Work-Life & Office Culture feat. Niklas (and life update from Josh!)
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 him over to Cincinnati to step into the position of CEO. Since his experience is different from our own, we were excited to get his perspective on the biggest differences in work-life in both countries. We also learned something about the relevance of sports in both the work realm and everyday conversation as well as more about his visa process for the U.S. You can also listen to us on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and Amazon Music! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:17:03
November 12, 2020
Bonus Episode: Eating, Recycling, and Cleaning Habits
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 on Thursday, as always! :) You can also listen to us on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and Amazon Music! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
20:46
November 09, 2020
EP3: Homes and Household Habits (and what's up with those German guest slippers?!)
Ceiling fans, air vents, and garbage disposals in the US vs. drying racks, missing doorknobs, 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 American home and talk about all the physical differences as well as those everyday household habits that might seem really odd when you first visit the country. Timestamps:00:00:00 Intro | 00:09:26 House Tour | 01:09:35 Household Habits You can also listen to us on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and Amazon Music! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:34:42
November 05, 2020
EP2: Adulting 2.0 - Life Outside of the Classroom
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. And we talk about how even when you know a language in the classroom, it doesn't always mean you know how to communicate with the locals in an everyday situation. You can also listen to us on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and Amazon Music! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
01:25:14
October 29, 2020
EP1: Introduction and First Culture Shocks (and way too much bathroom talk!)
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 much about bathrooms, door handles, and onion sizes… You can also listen to us on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and Amazon Music! Follow us on Instagram▸instagram.com/understandingtrainstation • Support us on Patreon▸patreon.com/understandingtrainstation • Buy us a coffee▸buymeacoffee.com/utspodcast • Email us▸understandingtrainstation@gmail.com • Website▸understandingtrainstation.com Check out all the videos with Josh and Feli on the "Feli from Germany" YouTube channel▸https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvcmNAGhcEEMm1zpbbFcz41YALTd2eAed
55:26
October 22, 2020