Is life in Germany still an "adventure" for me? Was it easy to make friends here? Do I get German humor? Answering these questions and more about my life as an American living in Germany!
Questions in this video:
1. Why do you pronounce your name Dana and not Day-na?
2. Do you still consider yourself living abroad? Aren't you at home in Germany now? And is it still an adventure to you?
3. Do you consider mastering a new language a life-long challenge? And: Are you sometimes frustrated that you can’t say everything exactly as you want it to say? With every shade and every hidden meaning?
4. Do you understand or appreciate German humor?
5. Is there a difference between peanut butter in Germany and peanut butter in the U.S.?
6. Is there anywhere Americans can work that will sponsor their visa?
7. How long does it take someone to get used to living in Munich?
8. What do you find so special about Germany?
9. Is it easy to make friends in Germany?
So my question for you is: How would YOU answer some or all of these questions?
1st Q&A video: https://youtu.be/lG2FuUbBcYY
2nd Q&A video: https://youtu.be/9KL8hDXQG1g
4 Things I Look Forward to in the USA: https://youtu.be/JzYCj0SauP8
My interview on BrodiesFilmkritiken: https://youtu.be/Q1EwygilQtI
Videos on Jobs, Visas, Teaching English:
How I Moved FROM USA TO EUROPE: https://youtu.be/gV5LBfdXt_I
My Life as an English Teacher in Munich: https://youtu.be/d4DkSPwAjHo
TEACHING ENGLISH in Germany: https://youtu.be/6cZrttvtkSE
English blogs/websites about things going on in Munich (If you check them out, say hi from me! 😃 )
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Dana has anyone ever asked if you know someone else from America, either a visitor they met sometime or someone famous they saw on tv or something? I'm American and even just traveling around US people ask where I'm from & always ask if i know so&so "from there" my area. I'm just wondering if you get that, too?
Great answer, Dana! Especially to that last question! I've been living in Germany for a few months now, about to start Uni and being a bit nervous about making friends with Germans. I've met some Germans, even had one as a roommate, but none of them 'clicked' with me (all the friends I made are non-Germans from my German classes). From your experience, do you usually click with that "potential German friend" right away or does it take much longer? (I know this varies from person-to-person, but would be nice to have some idea :) ) Thanks for your answer in advance!!
Hi Dana. The best political comedian imo is Volker Pispers. There is also a long video here on youtube where hespeak about the USA and terrorism, the way things are connected. It take longer as 45 min. and there is a version with engl. subtitles.
Your videos are great, I always like to watch them.
Erdnusscreme is similar to American peanut butter, and if you buy it at a bio shop, you won't have any icky ingredients in it. You should try it! Much better than the partially hydrogenated oils they put in Jiffy!
Love your videos!! I'm actually moving to Bremen in August for university and I'm going to be taking intensive German couses for 3 years, do you think I can conquer the German language in that period and be able to understand German books and locals? Thanks
BTW I recommend Dieter Nuhr for standup comedy.
Ich bin in Deutschland geboren und habe dieses Land, bis auf einen Tagesausflug nach Paris, seit 56 Jahren nie verlassen, aber das Wort "abgefrühstückt" habe ich jetzt zum ersten mal gehört. Ich kann nur vermuten, dass es das Gleiche bedeutet wie "abgegrast". Ich glaube, manchen Leuten fällt einfach spontan ein neues Wort ein und wenn es gefällt, dann wird es viral. Ich meine, Ausdrücke wie "Arschkrampe" oder "Vollhorst" haben ja irgendwo ihren Ursprung. :)
You should take a Look for Otto Waalkes even if he has his special Humor he is amazing. And a lot of Comedians take him as a role model or inspiration.
A lot of them even have seen his shows on TV when they were young and many said that Otto inspired them to do this job. If you don't know him (what i actually doubt) just search on Youtube for him.
mel schtempel yes, my boyfriend and i are surprised, that we can understand every single word (thats good!) although normally our listening comprehension is not so good?! perhaps dana can give us an answere in the next q&a video?
Have you noticed that when Germans speak English they use the word "gonna" (going to) a lot? Whereas I almost never hear "gonna" anymore in the States. I suspect "gonna" was big in the 60s and 70s and its use has since tapered off, but Germany did not get the memo. :)
Also, regarding your pronunciation of "button", do you watch a lot of youtube? Seems to be everyone in youtube is pronouncing it this way. So it may be a kind of echo chamber thing.
100 percent command of the German language = this is possible.
Prove is here on youtube: Gesichter Bonns: Kate und das "Fitness First" am Markt.
She has a video on her channel with some tips how to learn German.
1 of those tips in particular I find very, very helpful:
Record yourself and you will notice a lot of mistakes you cannot hear whilst speaking.
abgefrühstückt => as in English "off" "ab" has sometimes a negative meaning in German as well;
abgefischt => I feel fatique (literally: the sea has been emptied of all fish)
Whereas "schroff abspeisen" means to give someone a curt/brusk answer (or something) to brush the whole affair OFF.
But in a diner setting "ganz schön abgefrühstückt" I guess just means that one is saturized (or beyond saturized).
German humour: Knorkator.
I really like this videos :D
By the way is anybody here who's American native speaker and wanna learn German? I'd be glad if I can help anyone. As a return for this you help me to improve my english skills, agreed? ;-) I hope my English isn't too bad.
awesome channel you have here =) I love your videos and I have a suggestion for you =)
I dont know your german level but I love this guy ... he makes jokes about politics, but I could not understand his jokes if he would speak in english, but check him out on youtube .. he is really awesome ... keep up the good work and thx for all your great videos.
Frank (from germany)
one more thing to consider when you have moved away from home: If you have been away for several years and feel homesick, you are longing for something that does not exist any more. there is no going back even if you moved back to the very place you left years ago, because this place has changed as well, and going *back* would also mean going back in time. so, if you uproot yourself by moving away and cannot get rooted in the new place, you will stay uprooted for the rest of your life.
I`m German and still trying to understand some dialects or get the meaning of words from other parts of Germany where they use totally differend words for everyday objects so ... :) Bavarians will hardly understand the meaning of words like "Pölter", "Pinöckel" or "Buxe" or other words from our local vocabulary in Westphalia so I guess thats just part of living in Germany.
There are a few differences between the USA and Germany that I noticed. You could make a video about them if you haven't already.
(1) Apparently, couples in the USA get married much earlier than in Germany. After only 1 or 2 years in the USA and after 5 years or more in Germany.
(2) When watching US TV shows or films, I see that many children have babysitters although I would consider them old enough to stay at home alone. So, children in the USA seem to be overprotected.
Trust me, i live in US children are not overprotected. Mostly safe, but "drive by" shootings & home invasion (someone who lives in the house is home at time of break-in) do happen. Alot of weird crime to unique to have a name on the news all the time.
Du hast dir aber auch gleich den schwersten Start in Deutschland ausgesucht, den es überhaupt geben kann :D
In München wird ja noch verständliches Deutsch gesprochen, aber je weiter man sich von München, aber immer noch innerhalb von Bayern, entfernt, desto schwieriger wird es mit dem Verständnis. Da haben selbst Muttersprachler Probleme ;-)
Monika Gruber is a hilarious stand up comedian, but I doubt even people from northern Germany understand her. Her bavarian accent is really thick. I am from a different area in Germany and after living here for a few years I now understand most of what she says. She is really funny. I think she is the best german comedian.
Ohhh Dana, I have lived here for SEVEN YEARS and just recently made a new, huge cultural mistake. I invited a bunch of people to a restaurant for my birthday. Einladung in German means, of course, also, that you are going to be paying for everyone...AHH. Invitation in English just means you want someone to BE there! And then "treating someone" means you pay for them. I was/am so embarrassed that I had to explain to everyone that I can't afford to pay for everything! Luckily many of them understood, but after doing some reading online I was shocked at the animosity toward people who have done something like I just did. I hope there aren't any more unspoken cultural rules waiting behind the scenes to get me. :(
Also, to the abroad thing: you do certainly legally... wait, you are still a US citizen and have not become a German (yet?) right? If you are still a US citizen, then you are legally abroad. Apart from the general feeling of "any other nation than the one I grew up in is 'abroad'". See foreign nationals — Turks as the most well-known example — who were born and raised in Germany and *feel* German mostly, and only see Turkey as a place to visit on vacation (were curiously you have relatives).
Not to sound creepy, but I LOVE listening to your voice! You sound like you truly enjoy living, speaking and breathing in Germany. I'm currently trying to learn German myself! (Any advice?) From one side of the pond to the other, keep on keepin' on!
I totally understand! I always want to know what English sounds like to non-English speakers! Like, every language has a certain sound, and you can mimic it without knowi it. I really want to see a video of people speaking fake English. Also, I want to hear people speak their own language with an American accent. Like I could speak English with a Russian accent or a spanish accent. I want to hear what other people consider a typical American accent. Trixie dos a video about American accents, but she used Dana for the pronunciation and just talked about it. I want to see her fake an American accent in German. Does that make sense?
"Abgefrühstückt" also bears the connotation of "old news". At least it's most often used in reference to some bit of information or topic that wasn't really so relevant and now definitely is of no interest anymore.
I knew a guy growing up who was German. He'd been an 18-year-old solder in 1944. He'd been captured shortly after D-Day and he, along with a lot of other German POWs got shipped back to the US.
By the end of the war most of his friends and his entire family were dead. He literally had nothing to return to in Germany, so he applied to stay in the United States (Huge numbers of German POWs did this). He eventually became a citizen, got married and had a family.
He'd been living in the US for well over 40 years when I know him (something like 2/3 of his life) and he told me he still thought of himself as German, even though he considered his home to be America.
He told me he didn't have any war stories, that he had never even fired a shot in the war, but I'm not sure I believe him. Still he was pretty cool.
I'm betting, even if you spend the next 60 years of life in Germany, you'll still think of yourself as living abroad.
We recently got a new store in my town that sells jars of peanuts and some other ingredients and you dump it in a machine at the store and it grinds it into peanut butter! It's so fresh and a little gritty and delicious! I can't even eat the pre-made stuff any more!
I don't think I could ever get used to living in Munich. But that may be because I'm German, but from north of the Weißwurstäquator. Berlin though, wasn't really a problem. I felt at home here even before I had an own apartment (when I still had been living "illegally" in a tent somewhere in the Tiergarten park).
Have you ever been to Austria or do you want to go there?
'cause I'm from Austria and it would be cool to see if you could understand our dialect.... Even Gemans struggle with it sometimes :D
But some people here speak „normal german“ - if depends on which part of Austria you visit.
Ich finde "abgefrühstückt" sollte man auch ml im Kontext mit "verfrühstückt" vergleichend betrachten - wobei letzteres wol das geläufigere ist...
Beides bedeutet ja soviel wie das das Objekt dieser Verfrühstückung mit Leichtigkeit abgefertigt wurde- wie bei einem Schwergewichtskampf Tante Erna gegen Klischko... also quasi im Vorbeigehen erledigt.
I can totally relate to not being able to find friends in Germany very easily - German friends, that is. After 8 years I am now well integrated and have nothing to complain about, but originally I found it quite difficult, even though I had an acceptable level of German. I have a feeling that Germans make friends through their existing friends more than they do just randomly at universities, parties and so on. Or their superficial acquiantance (did I spell that right?) needs to grow over a long time to become friendship.
Yeah, I have no issue with the Dayna thing. To my Rocky Mountains region of the US ears, Donna and Dahna would be pronounced and sound exactly the same. I've known a Dawna or two as well, again, the same to my ears as the other two. When Dana says her name, it sounds a little like she's saying Dunna to me, instead of Donna/Dahna. THAT'S what I'm trying to figure out. Is she saying Donna, but maybe my Rocky Mountain ears get scrambled by her Floridian tongue, or am I hearing the "Dunna" correctly?
I usualy speak my mind in English and am able to make my feelings very clear. I find it so frustrating not to be able to say exactly what I want to in German. Very often I say nothing at all and my poor husband gets an earful (or I force him to say what I wanted to) :).
Dana: You have to watch "Die Anstalt" in the ZDF Mediathek. It is awesome, absolutely Great!
But of Course, "Extra 3" in the NDR (have their YouTube Channel also) and "Die Heute Show" also in the ZDF Mediathek are good too.
'Do you still consider yourself living abroad?' If you can be an Ausländer at home, I might qualify. I left NJ in 2004 to live in MN, but I had a detour through Memphis, TN, for 2 years. There was a bit of culture shock when I moved to MN and it wasn't the weather. I had even more of a culture shock when I worked in Tennessee, though living there helped me appreciate Minnesota. Most of the people I care about live in Minnesota, and many of those I cared about in NJ have moved out of state. In a real sense the NJ I lived in doesn't exist.
I moved to Munich in September 2016, it already feels like home although my German level is B1 and basicly have noone I can call my friend. The city is just amazing, everything is in order and as you said you can walk everywhere or use the excellent public transportaion. I personally love the cafe culture aswell, it was weird at the beginning sitting on the street watching people but now it feels really cool. Oh and I love the cakes with cheese <3
You are right about the two things, I believe once I learn German and start using it to make friends, then I will be happier. I think I still have time. Also if I see you one day outside (let's say an der Isar :) ) I will ask for a signature.
My question is: what was the funniest mistake you made when you were learning German?
"abgefrühstückt" means something is totally done, over and out, period. Not just "something is done" It is often meant like "there is nothing to gain here " or "we talked about this over and over". BTW something totally different is "abgrillen", which is the last bbq of the year, followed by"angrillen" in the next year.
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