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[22 Oct 2007|05:15pm]

[ mood | energetic ]

I am new here. I am German, but I live in the United States and therefore my German seems to be a bit rusty (with practice it gets better) I love learning about different cultures, which I why I am on here. 

I dont know what else to say, but if you want to get to know me, comment me on my LJ and I will respond.


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I'm new here. [05 Sep 2007|06:21pm]

I've been in Germany for one month; I'm studying German at the Goethe Institut in Schwäbisch Hall. What I want to know from everyone (German, American, British, or whatever you are) is this:

What is your opinion on mullets?

I am asking this because in the one month that I have been in Schwäbisch Hall, I have seen more guys wearing mullets than I ever have in my entire life in America. And I'm from a little redneck suburb of Dallas, Texas, so that's saying something.
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[01 May 2007|07:57pm]


I've had a long time love of german culture, life, and music. I've finally decided (since I'm not exactly getting any younger) that I will persue my dream of moving to Deutschland. And, needless to say I need ALL the advice I can get.


Can one get by with knowing very minimal german?
Employment: I will, of course, need a job while there. Any recommendations for someone who has somewhat limited skills?
Anything else would be much appreciated!!

(Also, are there any other German Life/American Expat communities and resources I should check out?)
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Bavarian Christmas traditions...? [04 Oct 2006|04:47pm]

[ mood | dorky ]

Hey there. I'm American, and I'm going to be spending about three months in Germany working as an au pair... for a dog. Ha ha. No kidding. Sounds crazy, I know, but I got the opportunity and couldn't resist a chance to live in Germany for a bit, kooky as the circumstances may be!

I will be in Ampermoching, which is near Munich, and I'm very excited because I'll be arriving on Dec. 21st, which means I'll get to have a Bavarian Christmas. :D (It will be weird being away from my family for the holidays, but an American friend of mine also works for my employers, so I won't be totally alone.) So my question is, what German Christmas things will I see and experience?

(I have a feeling I'm going to be buying tons of tree decorations to take home. Once in a while I find German-made ornaments in the US, and they are always unusual and hilarious... my personal favorite is my butcher holding a tray with a severed pigs head on it, ha ha ha.)

I love seeing what people in other cultures do, so tell me all about it, specifically if there are any Bavarian traditions I should know about. Please and thank you! :D

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Driving in Germany [13 Jul 2006|10:12am]

I passed my test so I’m auctioning off the German Driving book in English and practice tests in English.

Here are a few links for those of you from Amiland that want to convert your US License to a German one.

It cost me about 329.23 € to convert my FL license and take the theory exam:
ADAC translation of my US Driver’s License 49.50 €
Application to Driver’s License Office 42.60 €
Passport Photo 5 €
First Aid Course 20 €
Test in English and fee 67.13 €
Driving School Fee 25.00 €
Book and Practice Exams in English 120 €

If I had to take driving hours, it would have cost me over 1500 €.
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Moving to Munich [13 Mar 2006|04:38pm]

[ mood | happy ]

So I just found out that I got a place at Ludwig Maximillians Uni in Munich (YAY!) so I'll be moving over there in October for a year. (very exciting, but also very scary!)And I was basically wondering if there is any essential things I should be aware of before I go. I've never really spent that much time in Germany, so i missed most of the cultural differences. Any advice would be fantastic.

Thanks in advance :)


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[12 Dec 2005|01:29pm]
I don't know if this is the right place for this.. I'm looking for symbols of German culture or heritage. All I can seem to find is symbols of hate, which is not what I'm looking for. I'm German, but know nothing about Germany or it's culture and would like to learn more. Thank you!

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[08 Dec 2005|05:14pm]

A friend of mine was wondering: is there a German equivalent of spring break and if so, where students they typically travel? American students stereotypically go somewhere like Cancun, is there a favorite place like this for Germans?

Given that I studied abroad in Germany during the spring, you'd think I'd know this one, but I totally don't remember how long my break was.
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Hello? [30 Nov 2005|03:25pm]

My boyfriend is from Germany and he always answers his phone by saying his last name. Some folks here in the US do that too but its not as common, most of us answer with "hello?". He told me that in Germany it is considered rude to answer with "hello?". While I can understand that point to a degree I still never really thought of it as actually /rude/, just inconvenient.

What do you guys think?
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[19 Jul 2005|03:42pm]

Canned Trabi exhaust selling on Ebay -
article here
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[10 Apr 2005|05:28pm]

[ mood | amused ]

I heard that Walmart in Germany has a singles night where you can pick up people. As in dating, etcetera.

Is that true?

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Heidi Klum's candies! [01 Apr 2005|12:28pm]

I found something odd at the store today. Apparently the model Heidi Klum has gotten the German candy brand Katjes to import some of their products to the US with her picture on them! On the back she reminisces about having bought them as a child. Thought you'd all get a kick out of this:
Heidi Klum's candies?
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Frage. [27 Nov 2004|04:27pm]

How do you feel about correcting someone's language?

In my experience most Germans don't see this as problematic: you are speaking to a non-native speaker, they make a mistake in German, you stop them mid-stream to tell them the right way to express what they are trying to say, they thank you, and the conversation keeps moving. It's understood that you're not criticizing the person, just their grammar.

Americans are more likely to see this kind of behavior as rude, unless someone has specifically asked to be corrected every time they make a mistake. (And even THEN it's difficult. I'm an ESL teacher; people pay me to help them improve their English, and it still feels condescending for me to stop them and say, "No, that was wrong..." :) )

I'm asking because I recently had yet another conversation with a German friend about Americans' "anti-intellectualism." I agree that in the U.S. there's a hostility to all things bookworm that you don't see in Europe, but some of the behaviors my German friends point to as evidence of this are things that I believe are cultural differences related to conversational style, rather than evidence of American superficiality.

For example, in my (German) family it was understood that the dinner table is a perfectly acceptable place for political debate. I can yell and argue all I want with my father or my uncle and no one thinks I'm being disrespectful; they praise me later for being articulate (or insult me for being stupid, whichever). It was hard for me to get used to going to Americans' houses and seeing the same kind of discussions shut down with some happy and diplomatic but ultimately shallow comment about how we all should get along, "oh, she just gets so angry about these things, ha ha, you know how she is!" So irritating.

But I can also see that in America criticizing someone's opinions = criticizing that person, their entire identity and world view, and so Americans shut down that type of conversation once they feel things are getting "too heated." In other words it's a social decision, not evidence of a person's inability to construct a decent argument (which is how silence or shallow scratch-the-surface remarks would be interpreted in my family).

When it comes to politics I really prefer the Germans' willingness to engage, but when I think of it in the realm of language I'm conflicted. I think that even though Germany is in Europe and deals with other languages all the time, it's not as common for a German to hear German spoken imperfectly as it is for an American to hear English spoken imperfectly, since America has a higher immigrant population. Americans are more likely to have trained their ears to listen for meaning, however expressed, and hearing bad grammar or mispronunciations isn't particularly jarring. And even when it is, well, it's just bad form to call someone on it, and those who do are considered kind of low-class: mean-spirited or even xenophobic.

I have to remind myself when I'm in Germany that Germans don't see it this way. They think they're being helpful, and can't imagine that you'd be offended by their wish to see you improve.

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Moving cards [25 Aug 2004|02:15pm]

[ mood | okay ]

I'm moving to Germany in two weeks and was just discussing my plans to send out cards notifying people of my new address with a British online friend. Said friend was very surprised and said that in England, that would be something only upperclass people would do. What's this like in other countries? Is it considered unusual, or is it a perfectly normal custom like it is here in Holland?

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Liven up guys! [27 Apr 2004|10:30am]

Hey, I'm new here. Where is everyone?

Has anyone seen the movie Amelie? Are there any artsy German movies like this? I love the way that movie is shot and I love German stuff, so I was hoping there were similar German movies out there.
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Bank accounts in England [01 Mar 2004|07:16pm]

[ mood | curious ]

(I am not sure if this is the right community, if it's not, please tell me.)

I am living in Germany and I tried to become a member of a club located in England. The first year I send my membership fee in cash. Last year I was told not to do so since the money could get stolen. Since we do have the possibility to transfer/remit money by bank transfers (please excuse if I do not use the right terms, I am a german native speaker) without extra fees I wanted to do that. So I asked them for their bank account information. All they could tell me was to give them the money by money order or by cheque. My bank does not have international cheques anymore (since international bank transfers are possible). Money orders are expensive, that's why I decided against it. I e-mailed them three times and they just kept telling me the same thing every time.

Is it not common for an organization in England to have a bank account (that is hard to believe, actually) or did they not understand me? Did I use the wrong words?
Any help appreciated and thank you for your time!

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Christmas stockings [25 Dec 2003|07:36pm]

[ mood | curious ]

*waves* So this community is kind of dead lately, but I had a random question.

In America, we - well, kids - leave stockings out on Christmas Eve, which are then filled with little trinkets. (I would think that they do this in the UK and Australia, too, but I'm not sure. It never really occurred to me...) According to my sister, they do the same in France, except instead of stockings, they leave out their shoes. So what other countries have similar traditions, and what do they do?

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i think this may be a good place to post.. [07 Jun 2003|12:21am]

i am an american student and i am trying to become a german exchange student next year. the program i am working with is ASSE, they have been trying to find me a family for months now and have got no results. If you know any german family who would llike to host a student please have them get in contact with the program and sign up. it would be a huge help to me and other students. i know this is not really my job to do this but i would really like to go.
thanks for your help. -alymarie
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hey, it's a...new user...post-ie thing... [04 Apr 2003|09:17pm]

[ mood | sleepy ]

i'm an esl (english as a 2nd lang) tutor at my highschool. well, the other day, i heard from a friend who was hanging out with one of my friends...well, no. try not to follow that too closely. anyhow, the funny is about to occur.
ok, the topic was impressing girls in a group consisting of my friends (girls and guys) and a student from guinea, kalil. in america, the general technique to impress is a girl is something along the lines of "you have pretty eyes." in response to this, kalil broke out into uproarious laughter and explained that in his country, if a man wants to impress a woman, he stands behind her house and waits for her father to come outside.
then my friends explained that that action in america would be called stalking...

it kind of reminds me of that one bad movie with keanu reeves where he had to stand under that one woman's window singing a song and would only be accepted if she turned her light on...

maybe i'm just going out on a sleep-deprived limb here...

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'Du bist geownt!' [05 Feb 2003|09:58am]

While playing Warcraft III the other day, I happened to end up in a few games with mostly Germans in them. But seeing things like: 'du musst uns ownen' just cracked me up. I'm used to seeing English loaned all over the place, but now I'm saying things like 'du bist geownt!' in my head.

I've also seen 'schoolen', 'killen', and the like. I really should start cataloguing these.

Crossposted: Comment here

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