On this episode, I chat with a Belarussian woman living in Germany about life as an immigrant.
English Level: B2 🇧🇾🇨🇦
- Introduction (0:21)
- Learning German in Belarus (02:40)
- Adapting to life in Germany (06:23)
- Practical tips for internationals moving to Germany (08:38)
- Advantages of living in Germany (14:00)
- Where is Home? (17:37)
- Belarus (noun) – Weißrussland
- Appreciate (verb) – (jdn./etw.) schätzen
- Unfortunately (adverb) – leider
- Frustrating (adjective) – frustrierend
- Bravery (noun) – Mut
- Shy (adjective) – schüchtern
- Rude (adjective) – unverschämt
- Bureaucracy (noun) – Bürokratie
Phrases to Remember:
- Be thrown into the deep end – (idiomatic) to introduce a person to a new situation without adequately preparing him or her.
- To stress about something – great worry caused by a difficult situation, or something that causes this condition.
- 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.
- 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)
- What grade was Sviatlana in when she started to study German?
- What is the first thing internationals should remember when immigrating to Germany?
- What is the second thing internationals should keep in mind when immigrating to Germany?
- What does Sviatlana do during Christmas time?
- 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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