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GERMAN STEREOTYPES

 

Everyone know stereotypes. They help you to classify cultures and their habits. Even though we all know that many stereotypes are exaggerated and are not 100 percent true, we still connect various countries to certain keywords. In this article I would like to talk about stereotypes people have about Germany. So, what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Germany?

Some things surely are beer, organisation, punctuality, sauerkraut and sausages. There are many others which we are going to analyse step by step. Some points might be true, some might not.

  1. Beer

Germany has been in the top 5 of the most beer-consuming countries in the last 10 years. They definitely like drinking beer and why shouldn’t they? German beer has a very high reputation and is exported worldwide. With over 1,300 breweries and 5,000 different brands, you really have a vast choice of selecting the beer that perfectly fits your taste. There even is a law, which strictly mentions the ingredients you are allowed to use in the production of beer, which leads us to the next point.

  1. Organisation

In Germany there is a law for almost everything. But unlike many might think, this is a good thing. It helps people to be efficient in every area, from work to personal life. When separating the garbage for example, in Germany there are 4 different garbage cans and it is obvious, that every citizen separates his garbage properly. Germans even divide white, green and brown glass. The typical German sense for organisation is one of the main reasons for its high standard of living.

  1. Punctuality

Let’s go straight to the point: Germans are maybe the most punctual people of the world. It is really important for them and expect you to think the same. If you have an appointment you usually show up some minutes before. Or even if you meet friends, a delay of only 5 minutes is hardly accepted without a reasonable excuse. It is a sign of respect to arrive at the meeting place in time. If you come too late without telling your friend before, it gives the impression of you not really wanting to see him. Most of the Germans are very strict in this aspect.

  1. Food

The German cuisine is very typical for including a lot of meat. Sausages in Germany are very popular, and there are many different types. They are called “Wurst” and there are around 30 different types of “Wurst”. Most of them are eaten with bread, others can be boiled and the most famous one, the “Bratwurst”, is a perfect addition to a tasty barbecue. On top of that let’s not forget the “Schnitzel”, a breaded escalope with many types of sauces, that can be added to it. For those who are not a big fan of meat, sauerkraut is the way to go. It is finely cut cubbage and well known worldwide. All in all, the German cuisine is not made for everyone, but if you are not too picky concerning food, you will not have any problems with German food.

  1. Language

Many people think, that German is an aggressive language. Maybe this stereotype has its origin in the past, where Hitler held his speeches in a very aggressive way as a tool of propaganda. But today things are totally different. You will not see any German speaking like this. The German language does not deserve this kind of reputation, in fact, it really is a calm language. Germans do not like to have a very high tone of voice, which underlines the fact that the language is not aggressive at all.

In conclusion, you could say that many stereotypes of Germany are true. Most of them though are very positive and serve as a role model for other countries. The average German is quite wealthy and if it was not for the sense of organisation and rules the country has, this would not be possible.

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