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What Americans can expect when going to Germany
Germans close room doors. ◦ At first it will seem extreme; they are guarding against draftiness (see below) Doorknobs are often different, as are the locks and keys. They pull shades. They lock bathroom doors. They keep most windows closed, except to air out a room. ◦ They avoid having multiple doors and windows open in order to avoid drafts: "Du, mach doch bitte die Tür zu – es zieht!"
Germans don't take a shower every day. ◦ Most Germans do not shampoo and style their hair every day. Girls don't necessarily shave underarms and legs. People don't change clothes every day. ◦ They air out their clothes and wash them less often so they don't wear out quickly (Germans are frugal!)
Short phone calls: even local calls are individually billed Up early - to bed early. ◦ Isn't that what Ben Franklin said?
They have small refrigerators (don't raid them!) ◦ Germans shop almost daily to buy fresh food for meals They eat a hot meal at noontime. They tend to eat more fresh food, less processed food. Germans eat almost all kinds of food and almost all parts of animals. They eat raw ham and beef (don't worry - it's tested for cooties)
No ice - or maybe one cube - in sodas, so strong cokes! ◦ Also, Coke is still made with real sugar in Germany, the way it was in the USA back in the day… Meals are social events ◦ Wait to start eating until someone has said "Guten Appetit!" In many cases no prayers at the table. Germans love sparkling mineral water! ◦ Try it... Soon you might enjoy the refreshing taste as much as they do
Germans like to have flower and vegetable gardens. Dogs and cats are important ◦ and may even be taken into restaurants! ◦ Well, maybe not so much the cats
When people visit friends, flowers are often brought as a gift ◦ Always an uneven number ◦ No red or white roses, unless in love! ◦ This is always an appropriate birthday present They shake hands to greet their friends and acquaintances, new and old. Girls often walk arm in arm and dance together.
There are three types of high school ◦ Gymnasium (college preparatory education), Realschule (intermediary education), Hauptschule (vocational education) ◦ but none of them have water fountains! Students carry bookbags, briefcases, or backpacks. Young people in Germany are more often politically involved than they are here. Young people are often very mature for their age. ◦ Perhaps this has to do with the degree of freedom they have?
War time history is different from what we learn in U.S. TV-movies ◦ So it is often difficult for us to talk about it with Germans Ubiquitous: nudity in magazines and sex scenes on TV You may find restroom attendants ◦ Tip them! That's how they make a living ◦ Also, restroom stalls require a few coins to unlock… Mind numbering of floors in buildings: U.S. 1 st = their main or ground floor; our 2 nd = their 1 st ; our 3 rd = their 2 nd floor. ◦ It can get confusing!
Mind different greetings: "Grüß Gott" in the South, "Moin" in the North, "Guten Tag" in general. Germans "boil" (kochen) their clothes (washing machines have heaters) so ask for your clothes to be washed at 30° (auf 30 Grad waschen). FKK: Freikörperkultur! Nude areas at beaches and in parks, topless swimming/ sunbathing. ◦ This is does not involve sexuality! It is part of the naturist movement dating back to the late 19 th century. ◦ Let’s not stare though, ok?
These Strange German Ways and the Whys of the Ways by Susan Stern (1998) The Germans by Gordon Craig (1981)