Episode Summary: I talk about my experiences in Germany and how I was able to change my opinions about this place.   

English Level: B1 🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Story (0:42)
  2. Negativity (8:56)
  3. Individuals make a country what it is (11:26)
  4. Focus on Positivity (14:19)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Customs (noun): a traditional and widely accepted way of behaving or doing something that is specific to a particular society, place, or time.
  2. Gorgeous (adj.): beautiful; very attractive.
  3. Discouraged (adj.): having lost confidence or enthusiasm; disheartened.
  4. Blessing (noun): a beneficial thing for which one is grateful.
  5. Hospitable (adj.): friendly and welcoming to visitors or guests.
  6. Integral (adj.): necessary to make a whole complete; essential or fundamental.
  7. Exaggerate (verb): represent (something) as being larger, better, or worse than it really is.
  8. Pattern (noun): a repeated design.
  9. To resort to (verb): turn to and adopt (a course of action, especially an extreme or undesirable one) so as to resolve a difficult situation.

Phrases to Remember:

  1. To be stuck: unable to move, or set in a particular position, place, or way of thinking
  2. in limbo: in a situation where you do not know what will happen or when something will happen
  3. to turn a corner: pass the critical point and start to improve.
  4. to get the better of someone: gain an advantage over or defeat (someone) by superior strength or ability.
  5. rabbit hole: used to refer to a bizarre, confusing, or nonsensical situation or environment, typically one from which it is difficult to extricate oneself.
  6. to dwell on something: to think or talk about (something) for a long time
  7. to put someone in a box: to categorize someone

Mistake to Avoid:

(incorrect preposition) focus on the good around me NOT focus in

Comprehension Questions:

  1. How did Jorge feel at the beginning of his time in Germany?
  2. What did Benny tell Jorge one day when they went out to eat?
  3. What was the compromise that Jorge and Jennifer made?
  4. Who was Jorge’s unofficial German teacher?
  5. Do our brains remember positive or negative experiences more?
  6. Are stereotypes helpful when trying to develop new relationships?


Question to consider:

Do you have a Bernhard in your life? That is, someone who is very different to you in personality but that is really important to you?


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My wife and I at Benny and Miriam’s home in Hannover
Heinrich and I recording a video for my YouTube channel
Achim and I standing in front of the Berghaus in Schauinsland


  1. I think Bernhard can be also proud and happy to have a friend like you.
    Unfortunately I don’t have a Bernhard in my life

  2. i think my bernhard is my partner of 11 years/ he picks me up ever so often when i am down/ i come from a very dysfunctional family of origin and it has been a true eye opener for me to see how much more supportive my partner’s family is/ i liked your podcast/ i am glad u have come to feel at home in germany, the country of my ancestors/ i lived there for 11 years myself/
    i am i wondering about your origins /you seem to have a slight intonation that is atypical/ i myself have a bit of a accent in all 3 languages i speak/ english German french/ i grew up in quebec in a family of german origin and we spoke german at home/ english at school and i speak french with my partner /

    the black forest is really beautiful/ i agree/ i went to boarding school
    there in the 70’s/ best wishes from quebec 🇨🇦

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