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 “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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/understandingtrainstation/support

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May 20, 2022 66 min

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▸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 s...

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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 spe...

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.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...

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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 se...

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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. Fro...

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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 Colle...

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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'...

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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....

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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 “...

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January 13, 2022 50 min

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 h...

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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...

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+++Subtitles available for German part at 39:17-41:16+++

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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 G...

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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 ...

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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 toda...

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October 29, 2021 72 min

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++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 Hallow...

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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 wor...

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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 thi...

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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 German...

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+++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 a...

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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 have...

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