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 Post subject: Re: Intercultural Experiences
PostPosted: November 26th, 2009, 7:27 pm 
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PrfsrSnapesAngel wrote:
I read that Blog 42317 and i have to ask..is this how you spend your time in front of the compuer?

Hahaha, I like that one, too.
Actually I cannot afford an IKEA rug, Latte Macchiato, or a computer to put on the floor, but that's how one could imagine the German yuppie class spending their online hours. It's a clichée, of course... but if you look at German TV ads that show smiling young people in their early 20s with a computer in their spacious apartments... no matter what the ad is about... they come across very much like that. At least I hope such people are just in ads. I fear my hopes are in vain, though. :sweat:

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 Post subject: Re: Intercultural Experiences
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Are Germans so frugal?
As a delivery driver I meet people from different nations residing in Germany. Since company rules say that the adressee has to sign for the package he receives I use to ask "What is your name, please?" And then it becomes cultural:
Americans, Italians, Spanish, and Portoguese spontaneously tell me their first names.
Germans, Polish, and Russians, however, tell me what I actually need to know: their last names.
Thus I have modified my question and was able to avoid further misunderstandings.
Just many elderly German people tell me their full names and, in according cases, they explain their relationship to the actual adressee ("I'm his mother. He only comes home at about five p.m."), so I keep explaining that it didn't matter who signed as long as the parcel arrived where it's supposed to. :sweat:

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