Episode Summary: I discuss the differences between Canada and Germany with a fellow Canadian who moved to Germany three months ago.

English Level: B2 🇨🇦🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  • 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

Vocabulary Words

  • 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

Comprehension Questions

  1. What has been difficult for Kyle to adapt to?
  2. Why does Kyle think that books about German stereotypes are not helpful?
  3. Has it been easy for Kyle to communicate to Germans in English?
  4. Do most people in the English speaking part of Canada speak French?
  5. What was one of Kyle’s culture shock?
  6. What did Jorge see the first time he went to a sauna in Germany?
  7. Does Kyle like German bread?
  8. What difference does Jorge mention between Germany and Canada?
  9. Where has Jorge noticed the biggest differences between cultures?


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Kyle is from Toronto, Canada, and is now living in Freiburg, Germany.

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