Very German Things To Do- Written By A German

Everyone who who has ever lived abroad knows that the experience sheds a new light on where you are from. As someone who has not only lived in the UK for 14 years but is constantly in touch with clients from all around the world, I think I have a thing or two to say about this, but please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments and I will add your examples.

So what are very German things to say and do (in absolutely no particular order)

1. Not to cross the street when the light traffic light is red, even though there is a no traffic. And not just during the day! Rules are rules for a German 👮‍♂️

2. To make plans for pretty much anything and well in advance, including holidays. I am guilty of that, I happily admit.

3. To panic that you might be you‘re running late irrespective of you’re headed because you don‘t want to be rude. The connection- seemingly unbeknown to some cultures- between punctuality and politeness is just drilled into us from a young age.

4. To rarely ever say “to be honest” (um ehrlich zu sein) because it (almost) goes without saying 😅.

5. To throw far too many already (schon) and still (noch) into questions and not to realise how bossy this sounds. As a German living in the UK- I speak from experience.

6. To readily assume you’re fluent in English, even though it’s more Denglish- so English with Germanic grammar and vocabulary. My favourite example would be to place a restaurant order with "can I become a beefsteak?" The German word bekommen means to get, to receive 😉

7. To feel “cool” using English words like “meeting” and “call”. Cringeworthy- and not just for English native speakers and German tutors!

8. Struggling to comprehend irony. There is such a thing as German sense of humour, but it’s not exactly subtle.

9. To wear neutral colours like beige in as well as outside the office.

10. To reserve sun beds and umbrellas ⛱ by the pool 🏊‍♂️. We may have started it but now everyone appears to be doing it.

11. To constantly open your window to get “frische Luft” because German houses are so bloody well insulated.

12. To be obsessed with German-style bread, especially when loving abroad. Guilty as charged!

13. To complain, moan, and worry about everything that is not as perfect as expected. “Don’t worry be happy” 🇯🇲 certainly wasn’t written by a German

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