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Between German Quality and the American Dream

German-American culture and communication

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Wed, 04 Jul 2012 12:01:19 +0000

There was an interesting article in the German newspaper just the other day titled Effekthascherei mit “Denglish” (translation: Denglish for effect snatching). Denglish refers to the sprinkling of English words in German sentences. Conversely, Germisch is when English speakers pepper … Continue reading

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Those are cute boots!smgerland

Thu, 17 May 2012 19:52:41 +0000

My husband and I had just arrived in San Francisco from Frankfurt where we had to change planes on our way to San Diego.  The fun of travelling is lost as a result of 9/11. You all know the procedure: … Continue reading

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The way Americans really speak Englishsmgerland

Thu, 17 May 2012 08:37:50 +0000

During our most recent trip to the US we decided to go on a cruise. On the ship, I’d estimate that more than ¾ of the passengers were from the United States which gave me a great opportunity to listen … Continue reading

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Can-do vs. Klarheit: The German and American cultural icebergssmgerlandContext business and work_clt_Page_1

Sat, 11 Feb 2012 13:04:24 +0000

In this contribution we are looking at communication values that express cultural style as coded in language. In the diagram below is our iceberg where we can see that Americans tend to prefer a “can-do” approach while Germans value “Klarheit”, … Continue reading

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Frau Schmidt or Anna: What’s in a first name?smgerland

Sat, 11 Feb 2012 12:53:27 +0000

An interesting aspect of cultural behaviour is how people go about getting to know each other. What I mean is, when people meet for the first time do they exchange names straight away, or do they wait to see how … Continue reading

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White lies vs. Painful Honestysmgerland

Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:59:17 +0000

Germans can be painfully honest. As an American living in Germany I had to learn to accept and expect the naked truth because it can really take you by surprise. Today it makes me smirk, but in the past it … Continue reading

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American and German Culture Icebergssmgerlandiceberg

Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:32:29 +0000

In this diagramme we can see those American and German cultural values that often lead to clashes in communication. I would like to point out that these values are not the only ones held by either of these cultures; moreover, … Continue reading

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Metaphors of Culturesmgerland

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 13:11:04 +0000

Working professionals, German or American, usually sign up for an intercultural communication training because they want to learn how to deal with their foreign counterpart/s. Their expectations are simply to learn what things they should say, or do, which will … Continue reading

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“Hey, I have a German grandmother!” – The Similarity Assumptionsmgerland

Wed, 11 May 2011 09:55:01 +0000

There is a general tendency for Germans and Americans to think they are culturally similar. When one considers the number of Germans who immigrated to the US over a span of 400 years this isn’t such a preposterous assumption. Apparently … Continue reading

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Let me introduce myselfsmgerland

Tue, 10 May 2011 09:23:31 +0000

My name is Sabrina and I was born in the United States, California.  In 1981 I met my husband Klaus, a German, and became what he likes to call his “American souvenir”.  After his 18 month stint in the US, Klaus … Continue reading

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