On this episode, I chat with a Vietnamese programmer about her home country and life as a programmer in Germany.

English Level: B1 🇻🇳🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Introduction (0:21)
  2. Being far away from home (1:22)
  3. Differences between Germany and Vietnam (06:55)
  4. How Anh dealt with the transition period when moving to Germany (10:56)
  5. Working in Germany / experience (15:53)
  6. Working in Tech – Experience as a woman in a male-dominated industry (20:30)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Expat (noun) – Expat (a person who lives outside their native country)
  2. Transition (noun)  – Übergang
  3. Reserved (adj.) – zurückhaltend
  4. Fortunately (adv) – glücklicherweise
  5. Tricky (adj.) – knifflig
  6. Resourceful (adj.) – findig, einfallsreich
  7. Improvement (noun) – Verbesserung 

Phrases to Remember:

  1. To be eager to do sth – very keen to do something
  2. To ease yourself into sth – to become or help somebody become familiar with something new, especially a new job.
  3. nerve-racking (adj.) – nervenaufreibend
  4. Piece of advice (noun) – Rat, Ratschlag

Mistake to Avoid:

(incorrect use of the Present Simple tense) I got to work on tickets NOT get to (20:08)

Comprehension Questions:

  1. How many people live in Anh’s home city Hanoi?
  2. What is a significant difference between life in Germany and Vietnam?
  3. How many people did Anh live with when she first came to Germany as a student?
  4. Did Anh work with Puma or with Adidas?
  5. How long did it take Anh to learn to code?
  6. What is Anh’s advice to any young woman who thinks about entering the Tech industry?


Question to consider:

If you could change careers, what field would you transition into?


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