As you pile into a warm wood-panelled bar and wrap you're hands around a steaming mug of Glühwein, you only need to exclaim: “So gemütlich!
” No one does winter warmth better than the Germans, so make the most of the Gemütlichkeit.
After talking last week to a German about their lack of dryers in the country (seriously people, one of the best inventions! In the USA, it is actually against the law to do that because it could cause discrimination. In the USA, we celebrate it on the morning of the 25th (the anticipation! Those displays are similar to July 4th ones in the USA. Then again, I can’t really judge because I make similar English mistakes writing in German ;) 10.
), I remembered that I hadn’t published one of my lists on German/American differences. Enjoy, and as always, let me know what you’d add to this list! I have a totally different resume for Germany than for the USA because of all the differences. You don’t really find fireworks in the USA for the new year. If a movie is in a different language in Germany, they will dub the movie instead of adding subtitles. To go along with #9, Germans have some of the best English I’ve ever heard or read. Germans are inquisitive and blunt about the United States (particularly politics) but they aren’t rude. They tend to go for a handshake or the kisses on the cheek (Germans do two kisses, one on each side). To go along with #19, Germans can’t handle my level of enthusiasm and excitement.
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I realized that even though I left Germany 6 months ago, there are still so many posts on Germany I haven’t published. In Germany, they have up to 3 different Santa Claus figures! To go along with #2, Christmas is celebrated on the night of the 24th in Germany. On New Year’s, they shoot off fireworks to celebrate the new year. If you do, you will either be hit by a bike or very sternly yelled at by a German (which is honestly very frightening! I think I’ve mentioned this before but German men dress so much better than American men. We sue (or threaten to sue) substantially more than Germans. I’ve corrected a lot of papers for Germans writing in English…and they all make the same grammatical mistakes: super long sentences, wrong preposition usage, and lots of transitional words.
I also have to quibble with Riley about the boyfriend/girlfriend issue.
Not that the problem she describes doesn't exist, but that Germany, like many other languages, lacks a distinction between boyfriend and friend.
Germans also put their birth date and martial status on their resume. Honestly, some of them speak better English than me! They are genuinely curious and very willing to learn about American culture. I feel like I won’t be a real German until I own something from Jack Wolfskin. Craftsmanship overall is much better in Germany than the USA. To go along with #16, there are more small companies and family-run businesses in Germany than the USA. Germans might excel in efficiency and order but have absolutely no idea how to properly line up! Although let’s be honest, most Americans can’t handle it either. Germans are much more reserved with emotions…and I’m not. While Germans are inquisitive and blunt about American culture, they still believe all the American stereotypes.
haha, I’m amazed at the level of competency and complexity that they know as a population! I actually never really realized this until I moved to the United Kingdom. Every drink in German is served sparkling, even water! Probably doesn’t help that I was a cheerleader and in a sorority. It is funny to talk to them about it and dispel some of the beliefs associated with the stereotypes (and no, my sorority did not have pillow fights in just our bras and underwear! I find Germans are much more respectful of women and the equality of women.