Episode 14: Code & Etiquette in the German Society

Know when to be formal!

This week we discuss the all important code and etiquettes when dealing with the Germans in your daily life. Particularly in a professional and/or working environment you have to understand and respect these codes. Privately the Germans are more forgiving. But don't get discouraged! We will help you out right here!

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Episode 13: Patriotism in Germany

No allegiance to the flag around here!

This week we discuss patriotism in Germany. The Germans are very reluctant to show patriotism, and they rarely express their feelings about their country. Why is that? Why don't you see flagpoles in German gardens? As usual the conversation goes somewhat off topic, but do come along anyway! It's informative for any visitor!

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Episode 12: Cultural Biases within Germany

Even though many outsiders see Germany as one country, there are many regional differences, and there are so many cultures that it can be hard to navigate. Of course Germany is also heavily influenced by globalisation, and there are many foreigners living in Germany, giving the country a very international vibe. We help you navigate through it all, and we share some personal experiences. 

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Episode 11: German Music Festivals

These events are unique opportunities to see the Germans step outside of their normal comfort zone, and be someone they would never be in the daily office life. Also, we describe how the Germans are masters at "organising the chaos" that usually come during a large festival, running over several days... The logistics are impeccable! The summer is the season for this phenomenon, so jump onboard and listen to some advice before you arrive!

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Episode 8: The German Music Culture

This week we talk about the music culture in Germany. Music is what brings people together, and it is very often a good indicator for society. And Germany has a rich music culture, so it is a good idea to explore German music before getting here!

Also, within German music you will notice the heavy influence from the 1980's and 1990's - two decades that still, to this day, play an important role in German culture as a whole.

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Episode 7: German Politics

This week we give you some insights to the way German politics works. It is not always easy to see through the murk of what is going on. We also talk about integrity, which is one of the most important things for any German politician. And we talk about the German debate-culture and finally we briefly touch base on how Germany was seen in the years after WWII, compared to how the modern day German relates to that era.

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Episode 5: German Customer Service

German customer service will give you an instant idea of the German mentality!

The Germans are generally very nice and polite people. But they are not "over polite" and they do not play any games! You get the real, unfiltered, person you get too demanding with your restaurant order! Also, dealing with official places, like applying for visa or even a passport, can be a stressfull exercise! Be patient!

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Episode 2: Hobbyists vs certified pro's in Germany

The Germans like their certificates!

In this episode we talk about how to deal with the fact that the Germans are rather traditional in the way they see education. Furthermore, the Germans identify themselves very much through their professional life, so a formal education is traditionally seen as being extremely important. So how about a creative soul? How about the areas that are harder to "certify" ?

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Episode 1: Getting to know the Germans

In this episode we talk about getting to know the Germans once you first get here. We always recommend getting to know the locals wherever you go, but that can be somewhat hard in Germany. There is a language barrier, but there is also a different culture, code and tradition that foreigners need to understand in order to fully benefit from a new friendship.

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