Episode Summary: I discuss the differences between Canada and Germany with a fellow Canadian who moved to Germany three months ago.
English Level: B2 🇨🇦🇨🇦
- First impressions of Germany
- German Stereotypes
- German Language
- Culture shock
- German Food
- Differences between Canada and Germany
- Tips for people who want to visit Canada
- diverse (adj.): including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.
- valid (adj.): (of an argument or point) having a sound basis in logic or fact; reasonable or cogent.
- homogeneous (adj.): of the same kind; alike.
- grasp (verb): comprehend fully; understand.
- unfortunate (adj.): having or marked by bad fortune; unlucky.
- Landlord (noun): a man (in legal use also a woman) who rents out land, a building, or accommodation.
- delicious (adj.): highly pleasant to the taste.
- awesome (adj.): extremely good; excellent.
- Fluff (noun): entertainment or writing perceived as trivial or superficial.
- mimic (verb): imitate (someone or their actions or words), especially in order to entertain or ridicule.
- Preconceived notion/idea (noun): an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence.
Phrases to Remember
- yada yada yada: used to indicate that further details are predictable or contextually evident from what has preceded.
- It’s a given: it is prior knowledge, a basic fact.
- to not mind: if you do not mind what someone does or what happens, you do not have a strong opinion about it
- check something out: visit a place in order to learn about it
- plan something out: to think about and decide what you are going to do or how you are going to do something
- hit a spot: visit a place
- back in the day: used for talking about a time in the past, usually when you are remembering nice things about that time
Mistakes to Avoid
Very few people you meet NOT very little people you meet
- What has been difficult for Kyle to adapt to?
- Why does Kyle think that books about German stereotypes are not helpful?
- Has it been easy for Kyle to communicate to Germans in English?
- Do most people in the English speaking part of Canada speak French?
- What was one of Kyle’s culture shock?
- What did Jorge see the first time he went to a sauna in Germany?
- Does Kyle like German bread?
- What difference does Jorge mention between Germany and Canada?
- Where has Jorge noticed the biggest differences between cultures?
- Canada Guide
- How to be Canadian
- How to be Canadian part 2
- 50 Most Common Mistakes Germans Make in English
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