Episode Summary: I talk with an American about life in Germany.
English Level: C1 🇺🇸🇨🇦
- Nicole Introduction (0:20)
- What do you like about Germany? (3:47)
- What are the biggest differences between Americans and Germans? (16:32)
- What do you think Germans misunderstand about Americans? (21:13)
- Final Words (27:04)
- Awesome (adj.): extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring awe.
- intent (adj.): determined to do (something).
- Stunning (adj.): extremely impressive or attractive.
- Sufficient (adj.): enough; adequate.
- Norm (noun): something that is usual, typical, or standard.
- to cringe (verb): experience an inward shiver of embarrassment or disgust.
- Clash (noun): an incompatibility leading to disagreement.
- Exhausting (adj.): making one feel very tired; very tiring.
- Feisty (adj.): (of a person, typically one who is relatively small) lively, determined, and courageous.
- To tease (verb): make fun of or attempt to provoke (a person or animal) in a playful way.
- To rant (verb): speak or shout at length in an angry, impassioned way.
- Ridiculous (adj.): deserving or inviting derision or mockery; absurd.
- caricature (noun): a picture, description, or imitation of a person in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.
Phrases to Remember:
- stand out like a sore thumb: to be very noticeable in usually a bad way.
- to be on the same page: agree about something.
- to throw one off: to interrupt and confuse someone.
- to let loose/loosen up: become more relaxed.
- to get it: to understand something.
- to be laid back: relaxed and easy-going.
- to be harsh: cruel or severe.
- to look out for one another: to take care of someone and make sure that they are treated well.
- to be self-involved: absorbed in your own interests or thoughts etc. synonyms: self-absorbed egocentric, egoistic, egoistical, self-centered, self-centred. Limited to or caring only about yourself and your own needs.
- the floor is yours: You have the right to speak now. Say what you want.
Mistake to Avoid:
(incorrect preposition) to stare at someone NOT stare on someone
- Where is Nicole from (city)?
- How long has Nicole lived in Germany for?
- What does Nicole NOT want in her drinks?
- What does Nicole like and dislike about Germans?
- What is Nicole’s purpose in Germany?
- (True or False) If you want something done right, ask an American. If you want something done fast, ask a German.
- (True or False) Germans have a deep understanding of American politics and gun culture.
- How many vacation days to Canadians get?
Question to consider:
What are some stereotypes that you have about Americans?
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