Understanding Train Station

Understanding Train Station

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) is a German living in the U.S. and Josh is probably the most “Germanized” American you’ll ever meet. We share our personal experiences, opinions, and tips about living abroad and want to help our listeners grow from only “understanding train station” to becoming comfortable with and excited about different cultures and living in a foreign country. While the main focus is on cultural differences between Germany and the United States, we frequently have guests from all over the world to broaden the conversation and share their experiences to see where there are similarities and interesting differences. Welcome aboard, we’re glad you’ve decided to join us! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/understandingtrainstation/support

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April 8, 2021 53 min

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Oktoberfest, pretzels, and Christmas markets? You’d think you’re in Germany but these traditions, along with many others, made their way acr...

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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 a...

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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 Apr...

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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 Atlant...

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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 o...

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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...

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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.

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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 wa...

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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...

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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 liste...

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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 ...

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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 N...

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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. S...

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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 watch this podcast...
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November 19, 2020 73 min
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/understandingtrainstation/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/understandingtrainst...
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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 diff...
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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 Podcast...
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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 American home and talk about all the physical differences as well as those everyday...
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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&...
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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… --- Send in a voice message: h...
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