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Old 07-27-2009, 04:47 AM   #21
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Any potential issues they should be aware of that they may not discover until they are over there?
Sort of an odd situation. I wouldn't know much to tell them since my kid isn't yet of school age, so no direct educational experiences. I would hope that their German family has sorted out all the details for them.

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This is probably a stupid question but it is something I always wondered.

If you only speak English will you be ok in Germany or do you have to learn German to really be able to get along in Germany?

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You mean for long term or just vacation? Vacation yes. Long term is still yes, but you're life would be much more difficult always looking for someone to help you in English and the locals wouldn't appreciate it. German isn't terribly difficult to learn for an English speaker anyway, as there are so many similarities. You wouldn't become fluent right away, but getting to a basic daily usage wouldn't take that long either, if you make an honest effort at it.

I speak pretty good German and get by in daily life fully in German, but do get stuck occasionally, usually because the locals around here speak a different dialect of German than the standard High German, so it throws me off.

I will say Germans are more like Americans or Russians in that they expect you to learn and speak their language when living here. Which is fair, but it does differ from smaller countries (say Estonia or Holland) where people are used to being multi-lingual (pride themselves on it) and are more eager to converse with you in your native language. Most Germans aren't eager to speak in English and will exhaust all possibilities of communicating to you in German before attempting it.

My impression anyway.
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I will say Germans are more like Americans or Russians in that they expect you to learn and speak their language when living here. ... Most Germans aren't eager to speak in English and will exhaust all possibilities of communicating to you in German before attempting it.

My impression anyway.
Interesting. In the business situation I was in, the Germans were quite clear that they considered it "silly" for any of us to try to converse in German. They considered English to be the language of business, they all spoke very good English, and that was that!

But I could see how it would be different in a community, outside of an international-mega-corp setting.


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Interesting. In the business situation I was in, the Germans were quite clear that they considered it "silly" for any of us to try to converse in German. They considered English to be the language of business, they all spoke very good English, and that was that!

But I could see how it would be different in a community, outside of an international-mega-corp setting.


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It is the business language at Megacorps and international settings. I'm talking about daily life in town with the average German you're likely to encounter.
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This is probably a stupid question but it is something I always wondered.

If you only speak English will you be ok in Germany or do you have to learn German to really be able to get along in Germany?

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If you only speak English, you will be OK anywhere in the world. It's amazing that one can always communicate even with folks who don't understand a word of English.

If you only speak Chinese, you will be OK anywhere in the world. It's amazing that one can always communicate even with folks who don't understand a word of Chinese.

If you only speak French, you will be OK anywhere in the world. It's amazing that one can always communicate even with folks who don't understand a word of French.
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I found a number of English speakers in Germany way back in the late '60's, so I would assume there are even more today. And I found the Germans (at least around Berlin) loved Americans.
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If you only speak English, you will be OK anywhere in the world. It's amazing that one can always communicate even with folks who don't understand a word of English.

If you only speak Chinese, you will be OK anywhere in the world. It's amazing that one can always communicate even with folks who don't understand a word of Chinese.

If you only speak French, you will be OK anywhere in the world. It's amazing that one can always communicate even with folks who don't understand a word of French.
LOL! My basic sign language works everywhere. English translation at bakery counter: "two of those and one of that," and the clerk is happy to figure the change.
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We lived in Germany for 3 years 1980-1983. We lived 'on the economy' i.e. in a small town called Winnweiler. I have also lived in Thailand, Korea, Hawaii, and several states. Germany was one of our favorite countries.
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We lived in Germany for 3 years 1980-1983. We lived 'on the economy' i.e. in a small town called Winnweiler. I have also lived in Thailand, Korea, Hawaii, and several states. Germany was one of our favorite countries.
We also spent three years (an accompanied tour) in Germany and enjoyed it immensely. The people were kind and fun loving...very down to earth. I was young though and regret not having put my pride on the shelf and interacted more with the locals. I guess I was embarrased when they laughed as I perceived they were laughing at me not with me. By the end of my stay, I could speak enough German to get around and have a good time in the pub's. It was an opportunity of a life time!
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Germans, at least in my town, are sticklers for the rules..
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In Germany, everything is forbidden, except that which is permitted, in France, everything is permitted, except that which is forbidden, and in Italy, everything is permitted, especially that which is forbidden : - )
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I wonder if most of Germany and the EU now is used to English, since everybody in Europe now can move around and live and work where they want.

I haven't lived in Germany, but I was there last month on vacation, and at the Subway store for lunch when I couldn't think of the German word for 'green pepper' and was just awkwardly pointing and grunting, the sandwich artist quickly switched to English. I suspect if they're that comfortable with English in a Subway store, they must know as much in the smaller towns, at least for you to get by.
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