Grüße aus Deutschland! (“Greetings from Germany!”) My name is Daniel and I’ve been living in Germany for almost two months now. This year, I am working as a Fremdsprachenassistent (“foreign languages assistant”) in a Realschule (one of the types of secondary schools, where pupils are usually between 10 and 16 years old). In the short time I have been here, I have already learned a lot about the German language and culture.
There are, as you would expect, many cultural differences between Germany and Scotland. In this blog post, I would like to speak about two differences in particular. Now, we all know the stereotypes of Germans liking their Bier (“beer”), but one thing I wasn’t expecting was the way in which drinks are ordered over here. I have realised that we, in the U.K, are a rather impatient nation. When we order a drink in a bar or restaurant at home, we expect it to come almost sofort (“straight away”). But in Germany, as any true German knows;
Ein gut gezapftes Bier braucht seine Zeit
A well poured beer needs time.
So if you order a beer and the person working behind the bar pours a little into the pint glass before proceeding to play darts, you can be sure that they are not being rude. It is just genuinely believed that beer should take its time.
After my visit to the pub, I passed many traffic lights on my way home. This is when I realised that Germans also have a more patient attitude towards pedestrian crossings than we do.
Fußgänger warten an Ampel auch wenn weit und breit kein Auto zu sehen ist.
Pedestrians wait at traffic lights, even if there’s no car in sight.
These are two of the first differences I noticed when I got to Germany and they both make me think that Germans are more patient than we Brits. Perhaps even more safety conscious.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this first blog post and I look forward to writing the next one! Bis bald! (“See you soon!”)