GERMAN CULTURE SHOCKS AS AN AMERICAN ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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GERMAN CULTURE SHOCKS AS AN AMERICAN ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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All Comments (21)
  • Chris A
    As a German visiting Canada a couple years ago it was a huge culture shock for me when the cashier started small talk with me while she was scanning my grocery shopping. She asked how I was, how my day had been... I was so unprepared for these questions I couldnt answer.
  • M.F.B
    Im currently living in Germany, and yes itโ€™s true: Germans love their rules.
    The traffic lights waiting itโ€™s respected specially when there are children around. Youโ€™re supposed to be setting an example to kids and small children.
    Recycling is crazy but is great!.
    They are very environmentally aware and follow the rules by the book. If you do not separate your bins properly, the bin men will not pick it up until youโ€™ve done it properly.
    Taxes, donโ€™t start me up, extremely complicated specially if you have work abroad and commute to Germany.
    Driving is great in the motorway, as long as itโ€™s in daylight. Germany does NOT have much, if any, cats eyes on the motorway and so itโ€™s extremely dark. To make matters worse, the middle shoulder that separates the motorway is grey and as you drive it looks more like part of the ground so be warned. Their white lines are more or less faded so you just have be brave to drive at night in the motorway.
    Yes itโ€™s true supermarkets tills are very fast, specially ALDI, and since theyโ€™re environmentally friendly they take their own bags.
    Germans are not into small talk either, unless they know you of course.
    Customer Service is appalling, but is getting better. If you go to a chic shop make sure you are well dressed as they will look at you from head to toe to assess if youโ€™re really a customer who will buy or not, otherwise theyโ€™ll make you feel uncomfortable with their obvious stares. Since Germans are very honest, they may come across as being very rude but itโ€™s just them being honest and telling you exactly what they think.
    Data protection is so important that the law will NOT accept you having a camera outside your front door nor a car camera inside your car.
    What I love about Germany is the great respect they have to pets. You can go to a restaurant or shop, except food stores, with your canine friend. They have dog schools and they are well cared for and have high regards for their best friend. If you have a pet youโ€™ll be required to register and license your dog at the Rathaus.
    Another important thing, after 22 hrs you are required to be considerate and not make noise!. if you live in a village you may be observed by the neighbours. Of course not everyone does that, but mainly older generations will be the human cameras.
    In all, Germany is a great safe country they are a very advanced culture, and very respectful of nature and pets.
  • Petto
    As a German, I can not agree to the statement that we do not cross the streets when there is a red light. in big cities like Berlin, for example, where everything goes a bit faster, we often cross the streets at red lights. This is quite normal here and comparable to New York. But we make sure that we don't do it when children are around, because we don't want to set a bad example that could endanger them
  • David Mcc
    Iโ€™m English and lived/worked in Germany for 4 years. Itโ€™s a great place and I loved, what were to me, the German eccentricities. I was told off for crossing a small road on red instead of waiting for the green light no traffic on the road. The secret to German supermarket shopping is just put everything in the trolley then find a quiet spot to pack your bags.
  • As a German, the coupon culture in the US baffles me everytime I think or hear about it. Youโ€˜re right, it doesnโ€˜t exist here in Germany. If there are special voucher-based campaigns here, then there is two rules and Iโ€˜ve never seen them not applied: 1. Different coupons or several coupons of the same kind cannot be combined for one single checkout. 2. (and this is the mind-blowing one for me when looking at the US system) It is absolutely impossible to pile up so many coupons that the store actually owes you money after checkout. ๐Ÿ˜…
  • Loco Poco
    I'm German and while I do think that recycling is important I'm shocked that your neighbors were checking your trash!! not okay
  • A. Rรถm
    The reason why we tip less in Germany is because the waiters actually get paychecks from the restaurant they work for
  • mr
    Danke Zoei-Marie, dass Sie uns Ihre Sicht auf Deutschland in Ihren Videos zeigen !
  • Interesting video! I totally understand. I lived in Germany for five years and loved it. The culture shock after I moved back to the US, though, was far worse than the one I experienced when I first moved to Germany. Things I am still not used to: 1. Trusting other people to bag my items for me at the grocery store 2. People passing me on the right 3. I miss driving fast and knowing that the other people n the road can handle it - the condition of the roads in the US, the horrible drivers, etc I am not sure I would ever drive fast here 4. The fact that the "going out" culture in the United States is reserved for only young people 5. Places open on Sundays 6. Loudly talking at restaurants - It is NOT relaxing 7. I am still not used to being discreet while drinking. I almost got in trouble once for walking down the street of a local city with a beer in my hand. It was my beer, I had it in my bag, and I walked by a police officer and I don't think he saw me. Close call! - There are more items but those are the main ones.
  • I find these videos really interesting because I have lived here all my life. All my family is German, etc. So itโ€™s fun to see what other people notice that seem so every day to me.
  • TheMartin1158
    Loved this video, as a German with American dad and many stays in the Midwest - my dad and i used to compare habits and my comment to #13 (pay, pack and run) is the opposite habit at a restaurant, in the US you eat, pay and leave - in Germany we sometimes sit for hours at the restaurant, consuming more drinks (wine ๐Ÿ˜‰) talking and enjoying the time together. Different habit ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ
  • John O'Sullivan
    OMG, you ACED it. I came to Germany from Ireland 7 years ago. I laughed out loud at so many of these. A further culture shock for me was when I would go for a walk after dark in winter. It might only be 7:30 pm but it felt like the aliens were about to land and everybody was hiding behind their shuttered windows. The town has 30,000 people and I could do a one hour walk and not see 10 people. Amazes me still.
  • Being German and living in America: Iโ€™m pretty sure my fellow Americans must be shocked by the fact that you are charged a lot of money for tiny bottles of water in a German restaurant โ€ฆ
  • Ida_kll 04
    lol im german and obviously ive been grocery shopping millions of times and im still soooo stressed out when i go to check out like it gives me anxiety
  • I visited SW Germany and I love how seriously recycling is taken there and composting! Depends on where you live in the US (like Colorado, California, etc - recycling is done much better and more widely practiced than in other states)..I did notice a lot of people smoking as well and even cigarette "vending machines" on the street in Germany. That was a huge culture shock. (When you are out and about in large US cities, youโ€™ll notice a few more people smoking/vaping as well). Also some (not all) Germans tend to look at you but not to smile or greet you sometimes just want to look. Small talk such as at a check out counter, isnโ€™t as common where I was either, but thatโ€™s similar in certain US cities too. In the south, more hospitality is shown typically. I also just loved all the old buildings and architecture that were still standing ๐Ÿ’•I noticed bathrooms and certain appliances tended to be smaller in comparison to in the States. I also loved seeing so many people riding bikes (Many people with healthy lifestyles is what I took from it) Lastly, the desserts were never too sweet- most tasted better in my opinion - and from what I experienced ๐Ÿ’•
  • edita kubilute
    As I came to Germany 10 years ago (from another European country) I was also shocked by the points you have mentioned. Especially that the shops are closed on Sunday.. But there where I live, there are not much smokers. In addition to what you have mentioned, there are many places in Germany where the credit cards are no excepted. Only EC Karte bitte ๐Ÿ˜
  • Fre Sch
    Cant stress the "no overtaking on the right side" rule enough. Many Germans more or less blindly trust on this rule when they switch lanes to the right. They don't think they have to check for other cars coming from behind, because that would be in violation of said rule. So, if you don't follow that rule, you live a quite dangerous life on the Autobahn (let alone you endanger others). To give some context why it's forbidden: The concept of the Autobahn isn't a highway with 3-4 equal lanes, but one main-lane (on the right) plus 2 lanes for the exclusive purpose of overtaking (and going back to the right afterwards). Stay safe!
  • SiebAir
    I actually started to take the rush at the cash register as a challenge to myself. Trying to care less what other people think and taking my time at the checkout.