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A stranger in a new country: Germany

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Stranger or outsider?
A "stranger". With kind permission by © David Rodríguez

“Have you come to experience your dose of ‘the German treatment’? Do you feel alienated and can’t help but blame your cold surroundings in this country? Then this is for you.”

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Getting Along in Germany: Privacy

in Leipzig tips/Opinion/Philosophies/Society
Germans' need for privacy can be frustrating for newcomers trying to make friends here. (Photo: public domain)
Germans' need for privacy can be frustrating for newcomers trying to make friends here. (Photo: public domain)

“Have you found it difficult to make friends with Germans? Do you feel like your neighbors are indifferent and standoffish? Do you worry that people here don’t seem to like you very much? Then let me introduce you to the German core value of privacy.”

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Getting Along in Germany: Service

in Leipzig tips/Opinion/Philosophies/Society
Getting Along series Volume 1: Service. Communications as if one person was playing checkers and the other frisbee. (Photo: public domain)
Getting Along series Volume 1: Service. Communications as if one person was playing checkers and the other frisbee. (Photo: public domain)

“It’s like trying to play frisbee with someone who is trying to play checkers.” In this series, Blossom Foster addresses key aspects of getting along in German culture, focusing on some pet peeves of internationals as well as typical points of misunderstanding and frustration.

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