What NOT to do in Germany

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Anike KehindeAlemán
6 de abril de 2017
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Generally speaking we Germans are friendly, welcoming people. There are a few things you should know before you come to Germany, so that your stay will be enjoyable and without awkward situations.

  1. DON'T walk on the bike lane.
Skip this tip if you are Dutch or have been to the Netherlands before, because then you wouldn't even dream of walking on the side of the street that is meant for bicycles.
Germany has bicycle lanes in nearly every town and city and believe me, they are not only there for decoration.
In both countries, cycling is very common and you can get run over from a cyclist because he will simply assume that the coast is clear.

  1. DON'T do anything extremely noisy in your apartment after 10 pm.
This means don't play loud music and above all don't start fixing stuff in your house with a drill, chain saw and so on. If you are from a western country you will think this is self explanatory, if you are from other parts of the world you will appreciate this tip :-) because your german neighbor WILL call the police.
Okay, if he's nice he will knock on your door first to complain face to face.

  1. DON'T come to a friends house uninvited.
In some countries you can just stop by at your relatives house or your friends' whenever you feel like it. You wanna go visit someone spontaneously in Germany? Oh you better think twice. We value it if someone gives us a quick call or text message in advance .
And somehow my grandmothers generation managed to inform someone from their visit, so nowadays its more expected than ever.

  1. NEVER come to an appointment late, regardless of wether its for business or casual, just don't do it.
Unless you want to be the unpunctual foreigner and feed the stereotype that "you guys" are always late, do yourself a favor and be punctual.

  1. DONT' use someones first name in an official context.
In Germany we have different ways of approaching friends and our authorities. You can have friendly chats with your boss at a barbecue and still call her Frau Dr. Professor Schröder, whereas in the States or somewhere else your friendly boss would tell you to call her Jane.
Say "Du" instead of "Sie " to the wrong person and you will earn deathly silence, because its a taboo in Germany.

Thanks for showing interest in our culture and enjoy your stay in Germany.
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Hallo ich bin Anike und ich bin Muttersprachlerin. I have years of experience teaching German. My students have been from all over the world, I have had students from Sweden, USA, Brazil, Argentina, Island, Ireland , Egypt and much more. I have taught German to beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers that wanted to broaden their knowledge or prepare for a test. With beginners (A1 to A2) I usually work with textbooks to give you guidance and structure in your language approach. Generally I can tailor the class to match any skills that you want to improve. I will focus the lessons on any specific needs that you have or topics that you are interested in. My classes will be tailored to suit your needs. In my opinion conversation is an important factor to improve your confidence. If not otherwise specified by you, the classes will generally consist of reading and listening comprehension, conversation,writing and grammar. You can also take classes with me if you are getting ready for a vacation in Germany or if you are planning to move to Germany in the near future. Ask me for the following so that I can prepare a lesson plan for your individual needs: -Structured work with textbook (A1,A2) -Test preparation (Goethe A1-C1/ Test DAF) -Conversation oriented classes -Job interview preparation -Various free materials and recomendations -Focus on grammar and pronunciation -Daily life situations :dialogues at the doctor,work situations,asking directions And more! I look forward to meeting you, just write me a message or book a trial class. You can book 30 minutes or 90 minutes with me upon request! Hoffentlich bis bald!
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Alemania
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Hallo ich bin Anike und ich bin Muttersprachlerin. I have years of experience teaching German. My students have been from all over the world, I have had students from Sweden, USA, Brazil, Argentina, Island, Ireland , Egypt and much more. I have taught German to beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers that wanted to broaden their knowledge or prepare for a test. With beginners (A1 to A2) I usually work with textbooks to give you guidance and structure in your language approach. Generally I can tailor the class to match any skills that you want to improve. I will focus the lessons on any specific needs that you have or topics that you are interested in. My classes will be tailored to suit your needs. In my opinion conversation is an important factor to improve your confidence. If not otherwise specified by you, the classes will generally consist of reading and listening comprehension, conversation,writing and grammar. You can also take classes with me if you are getting ready for a vacation in Germany or if you are planning to move to Germany in the near future. Ask me for the following so that I can prepare a lesson plan for your individual needs: -Structured work with textbook (A1,A2) -Test preparation (Goethe A1-C1/ Test DAF) -Conversation oriented classes -Job interview preparation -Various free materials and recomendations -Focus on grammar and pronunciation -Daily life situations :dialogues at the doctor,work situations,asking directions And more! I look forward to meeting you, just write me a message or book a trial class. You can book 30 minutes or 90 minutes with me upon request! Hoffentlich bis bald!

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