Understand Germany and its people guide

The German TV channel ARD has created a guide to try to show the refugees how the German society is. Apart of how good or bad you think the idea can be, let’s check the signs they’ve made.

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Men and women (also among themselves) greet each other or say goodbye with a handshake.

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Always look the person you’re talking to in the eyes.

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The way people introduce themselves is the way they like to be addressed. “Herr” (Mr.) or “Frau” (Mrs.) (+ last name) is respectful, …

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… using the first name as salutation is a sign of familiarity.

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If something is unclear during a conversation, you can ask at any time – this is not impolite.

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Women are to be respected, no matter what they wear. This also applies to German men.

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In Germany, homosexuals are allowed to show their sexual preference in public.

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People who have a problem can ask other people (also older people) for help friendly and calmly.

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In Germany, conflicts must not be solved with violence.

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Otherwise, people can get in jail …

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… and have disadvantages in the asylum procedure.

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Conflicts can be solved talking to each other or with the aid of others (older people, assistants, wardens).

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Other parents’ children or one’s own children must not be hit. This is prohibited in Germany.

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People who experience violence or massive injustice can file a charge.

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