I appeared on “Pop Your Cultural Cherry” to talk about life in the south of Germany.

English Level: B1 🇵🇭🇨🇦

Show Notes:

02:13 – Living in rural Germany as a foreigner
06:48 – Living in the Black Forest area
12:23 – Pros and cons of living in a village
16:24 – Unexpected experiences of living in Germany
20:40 – Special characteristics of Freiburg and the Black Forest
27:20 – Special places to visit in the Black Forest area of Hochschwarzwald
31:30 – Tips on living in a village
33:00 – Jorge’s podcast “The Canadian Wants to Know”

Vocabulary Words:

  1. rural area (noun) – ländlicher Raum
  2. to consider (verb)- etw. in Betracht ziehen
  3. countryside (noun) – Land (im Gegenteil zur Stadt)
  4. flat (noun) – Wohnung
  5. consistent (adj) – gleichmäßig
  6. to commute (verb) – pendeln
  7. light pollution (noun) – Lichtverschmutzung

Phrases to Remember:

  1. To default toward something: If a computer or person defaults to a way of operating, it automatically uses it if you do not intentionally change it.
  2. Get (one) down – To cause one to feel saddened, depressed, discouraged, or dejected.
  3. Not my business – es geht mich nichts an
  4. To go through the fire – durch das Feuer gehen, im Sinne von eine schwierige Situation durchleben
  5. To get into something – in etwas hineingeraten (Schulden, Schwierigkeiten, aber auch ein Hobby etc.)

Mistake to Avoid:

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What advantages of living in a village did Jorge really appreciate during the pandemic?
  2. What is one of the challenges when living in a village?
  3. Jorge appreciates German order. What does he say: What does order allow for?
  4. What is Jorge’s explanation of “Inversionswetter”?
  5. What does Jorge compare the “Kaiserstuhl” to?
  6. What advice does Jorge give to people moving into a village with regards to their neighbors?


Question to consider:

Which is your favorite place to visit in your home region?


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