A guide to making small talk Seeing the funny side of the German 1 day ago   03:53

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It's often said that the Germans don't really 'do' small talk. But, as Rachel Stewart finds out in this week's episode of Meet the Germans, there are still a few tricks you can use to break the ice here in Germany.

Rachel Stewart is on a mission to investigate the quirks and idiosyncrasies of daily life in Germany. Every two weeks she explores a new topic - from beer to nudity to complicated grammar - and heads out to get some tips from the Germans themselves.

Rachel moved from the UK to Germany in 2016. As a relative newcomer she casts a fresh eye over German clichés and shares her experiences of settling into German life. You'll find more from Meet the Germans on YouTube or at dw.com/MeettheGermans.

And don’t forget to comment with your own experiences!
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Comments 1686 Comments

Kimbo Lui
that moment when she uses the german way of point three...Inglorious bastards pub scene intensifies.
DJKekz
You don't
M W
oh neeeein die trinkt bitburger D:
giantbully1
germans talking about politics HAHA never , small talk here in germany is like you say , they do not have a word for it , because it does not excist , you walk down the street and they say guten morgen or morden or mahlzeit and that is it
Oleg Kushakov
3:31 I'm from Russia but it never occurred to me this kind of windows might be a regional thing. Is it not common in England? In the US? What are they? 😥
Jannik Simon
Die Teetrinker machen uns schon wieder runter. Aber irgendwie wahr
Random Dogface
My Small talk skills are below zero.... I‘m german tho, so please never do Smalltalk to me.
Me when a stranger talks to me:
Stranger: Hi
Me: hi
Stranger: * complaining about some things *
Me: yeah, yeah...
Stranger: * asks me something *
Me: * slowly goes away *
Stranger: was ist los? (What‘s wrong?)
Me: Ich muss zu meinem Bus. (I have to go to my bus)
Stranger: okay... bye.
Me: bye * walks away as quickly as I can... *
Faisal Rahman
first and foremost, speak in German, speaking English turn Germans off in a social context. That is from my point of view.
V R
2:27 Hm Hm Hmm :)
regortaz
It'll probably be more comfortable to stare at each other than talking about the average home prices per square meter.
IlIIlIl
that's so sad
Zack West
Meanwhile in America:
Its sticky. *turns on fan/ air conditioning*
zoe m
We don't ask about Road names or prices that's a no go
Siberia
This is so gosh darn accurate I'm falling apart here.
I like me some facts, numbers and statistics tho.
Lord Mado
Smalltalk for small Brains.
I am the Walrus
German autism
Eric Halim
Oh you are Brit. I thought you are Germans. Looks to me Germans are complex. I'm much simpler. I'm ignorant. I don't care everything as long as I'm breathing. Everything is about myself only. Hahaha.
Sir parlarmo von barnarno
Absolutely not true😂
Luisa Hasselbeck
Over an certain age or in flu/ pollen season Germans also like to complain (read compare) over there ill health.
Russian lad
The host: Meet zee Germazz...
Me: Bitte, nicht schießen!
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Seeing the funny side of the German A guide to making small talk 1 day ago   03:52

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False friends, ridiculous grammar and never-ending nouns. German is by no means an easy language, but it has its funny side too, as we find out in this week's episode of Meet the Germans.

Rachel Stewart is on a mission to investigate the quirks and idiosyncrasies of daily life in Germany. Every two weeks she explores a new topic - from beer to nudity to complicated grammar - and heads out to get some tips from the Germans themselves.

Rachel moved from the UK to Germany in 2016. As a relative newcomer she casts a fresh eye over German clichés and shares her experiences of settling into German life. You'll find more from Meet the Germans on YouTube or at dw.com/MeettheGermans.

And don’t forget to comment with your own experiences!

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