On this episode, I chat with a Belarussian woman living in Germany about life as an immigrant.

English Level: B2 🇧🇾🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Introduction (0:21)
  2. Learning German in Belarus (02:40)
  3. Adapting to life in Germany (06:23)
  4. Practical tips for internationals moving to Germany (08:38)
  5. Advantages of living in Germany (14:00)
  6. Where is Home? (17:37)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Belarus (noun) – Weißrussland 
  2. Appreciate (verb) – (jdn./etw.) schätzen
  3. Unfortunately (adverb) – leider
  4. Frustrating (adjective) – frustrierend
  5. Bravery (noun) – Mut
  6. Shy (adjective) – schüchtern
  7. Rude (adjective) – unverschämt 
  8. Bureaucracy (noun) – Bürokratie

Phrases to Remember:

  1. Be thrown into the deep end – (idiomatic) to introduce a person to a new situation without adequately preparing him or her.
  2. To stress about something – great worry caused by a difficult situation, or something that causes this condition.
  3. To go outside of your comfort zone – If a situation or activity is out of your comfort zone, it does not make you feel secure, comfortable, or in control.
  4. To keep in mind – to remember something, especially something that will be important in the future.

Mistake to Avoid:

(incorrect form of superlative) it was the best decision ever NOT good decision ever (7:05)

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What grade was Sviatlana in when she started to study German?
  2. What is the first thing internationals should remember when immigrating to Germany?
  3. What is the second thing internationals should keep in mind when immigrating to Germany?
  4. What does Sviatlana do during Christmas time?
  5. What should Germans keep in mind when interacting with internationals living in Germany?


Question to consider:

Have you ever invited someone from a different culture over to your house for dinner? What was that like?


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