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15 Things Germans Don't Understand About Americans
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Every time I hear the "Americans wear shoes in the house" thing, a piece of my soul dies as a Minnesotan. We don't do that here. Shoes are removed at the door, and most living spaces will have a shoe rack right at the entrance.
I picked up that habit in Hawaii.
Mud rooms exist in rural areas in every state in America for a good reason.
Arent alot of Minnesotans originally from Germany?
I live in Wisconsin, next door to Minnesota, and I have always taken my shoes off while inside. But this is not the case with a lot of houses I go to.
If you start living in a desert where scorpions and other critters occasionally get into your house, you will quickly start wearing shoes or sandals.
I was stationed in Würzburg and Stuttgart and was in Germany for most of the 80’s. I accidentally found your channel because I’m planning a trip back soon and I wanted to see what has changed in the 20 years since I was last there. When I was over there I totally got into the culture. All my years back in the states I’ve never felt at home. Germany became my home in my heart.
Welcome back to Germany :-)
Same I just left Germany this year feels like my heart has been ripped out of my chest 😂 I was stationed in Wiesbaden. I really miss Frankfurt.
I hear you . I’m from New York 🇺🇸. When we lived in Heidelberg, I had more in common w. Germany than I did with other states in the USA 🇺🇸 for example , the Southern part of the USA is very foreign to me
the reason is simple. Germany (and all european countries) have a long history and culture. The US "culture" is wearing guns, all is about to make a lot of money and Disneyland.
You were there in the 80s, we have 2022.
When it comes to shoes indoors for Americans, it varies from place to place and household to household, but generally speaking, most people I've known didn't wear shoes indoors. However, I do feel that when it comes to visiting a house, there's kind of an "unspoken rule" to not take your shoes off if you're just an acquaintance/worker or are only going to be there for a few minutes. Taking off your shoes at a stranger's house is kinda considered rude because you're "making yourself at home" so to speak. Maybe this is just a California thing
I grew up in the midwest where most people had Northern European roots. This was absolutely the case. It would have presumptuous and rude to take your shoes off in someone else's home. Our homemaker mothers (including my German mother) would have rather swept and mopped a second time that day than request that guests remove their shoes and inadvertantly encourage someone to overstay their welcome (The old saying: "Here's your coat--what's your hurry?" as they're pushed out the door? I'm pretty sure is an expression created by a Northern European living in America. Lol). The sense I got when I was in Germany is that people just KNEW not to overstay their welcome, so they took off their shoes as a courtesy to the person who worked so hard to clean the floor.
I think you're right it's a California thing. Y'all have a lot of tile. In the north it's all carpet
Californian here, I generally look at the other's feet in the house when I enter, and if they're not wearing "outside" shoes I'll ask if I should take my shoes off. Generally the answer depends on if they have tile, hardwood or carpet in the common areas. I could see it as presumptuous if you kicked off your shoes, but generally taking them off and placing them by the doorway is considered respectful in my expereience. I've done it and been told, "You don't have to do that! But thank you."
You're right it is a California thing. In agricultural areas no matter who you are or who I am there's a good chance somebody stepped in something.
I grew up in the eighties in Germany and the only automatic car I knew of was that of our nextdoor neighbour because he lost a leg in WWII. For those who do not know: To drive a manual, you need two functioning legs.
I live in Belgium, also lived here previously for work and lived in Germany as well.
On the manual car, there are just so many subconscious and conscious benefits to driving a manual. 1) You are more innately aware of your speed because you have to change gear to change speed. 2) You have to be more preoccupied with the current driving situation: oncoming traffic, intersections w/ right-of-ways, pedestrians....all of which force you to be mindful of what gear you're in and how fast you're going 3) Far more control over speed in braking and cornering by holding gears (gear braking). 4) Safety as you stated!
With tailgating, here in the EU parking lots are not typically public space. Space is a premium, and if it is public space, it will be a park or a garden. Most cities, towns, villages you go in the EU, finding parking will usually be at least somewhat of a challenge, and not meant to be "hang-out" space because space is tight and usually not where you want to be.
For instance, like I said I live in Belgium which is approx. 1/5th the size of the state of Georgia with 11.5M people (slightly more than the state of Georgia)...and much like Georgia, there's countryside and farming but the majority of people live in cities. To put it into perspective, just on a quick G search. Atlanta in size is 353 KM^2 and population of just under half a million. Brussels Belgium has just over 2 million people squeezed into 32 KM^2....basically 1/10th the size with 4 times the population. Not a whole lot of room for parking lots to tailgate, and you don't need to know the metric system to understand the difference between 353 and 32 in terms of size.
In a place that densely populated compared to the United States there's a lot of public transportation and it rolls pretty frequently. In America public transportation is based on riding back and forth to work. Public transportation is extremely awkward to use in America because 99% of the people using it are riding the same route over and over. On the weekends in the city very few buses run if you were going to do your shopping you could ride to one place shop and it would eat up most of the day.
I'm American and drive a manual and I agree with you on your points. It does make pay WAY more attention to your driving.
That being said, automatics are definitely the future. If I didn't have a rally/race car, I'd definitely drive automatic lol. It is SO much more convenient.
@Peon thats the problem with America, "convenience" is the reason so many things are the way they are and frustrating, and it's made nearly everyone lazy, or removes responsibility/accountability.
People will literally sit in a loading/unloading zone, take a handicap parking spot or drive around in circles in a parking lot rather than park and walk an extra 20 seconds. It's incredible the lengths people will go to not so something.
@Josh K I mean "convenience" is the reason we have almost all the technology that we have now. Including this computer/phone that you're on lol.
I really enjoyed watching this video!
Buillding a bridge over different cultures is (for me) an always welcomed icebreaker!
Being myself a „naive“ Englisch/American (speaker), but native German, the basic message for me is: Openly talk to each other!
And both nationals will.
If you do, both sides will learn a lot about each other and each other‘s culture! …and, most likely, will have a lot to lough about.
…I missed the prejudice of wearing a Jeans trousers only once ;-)
We lived one year in Switzerland with my husbands work. My son was 5 years old. My son and I discovered a McDonalds in Basel and we went in and sat down for a meal. Of course even though there were many people, it was very quiet. Suddenly a group came in talking very loudly while ordering their food. My son asked, "Mommy, who are those really loud people?" I answered, "They are Americans." He looked shocked and then confused and asked me, "Mom, aren't we Americans?"
thats why i hate restaurants , my nerves are shot ! anxiety problems ! im the one that stands Up hollers shut the fuk up and then gets punched took to jail and then anger management classes, or in the hospital hooked up to EKG thinking im having heart attack, born and raised in US but why are we so damn loud, people tell me everyday ' you need speak up !just shake my head walk off
There is indeed a tendency in Americans to loudly fill all spaces entered. An ingrained urge or affectation to greater importance than warranted through any actual merit in most cases. Occasionally it is merely very subconscious and only shows forth in music mixing levels and voice EQing that is a bit too live and high-pass (great presentation otherwise - very good copy and reading).
In my experience, all people who have English as their mother tongue are very loud. British, Australian, it doesn't matter. People laugh too loudly (annoying!), speak too loudly and their voices just can't and won't get any quieter.
In the Netherlands it's not only that you as an employee can claim a minimum of a certain number of days off a year, you are obliged to take up at least a single consecutive period of two weeks each year. As you can also save up part of the time, a colleague of mine this year was away for a mont and a half to the walk through northern Spain of the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella.
the reason the drinking age went from 18 to 21 was to prevent teenage drunk driving deaths and it worked. Saved hundreds of lives per year. In the 70's and early 80's you constantly heard about high school drinking deaths. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) were responsible for this to a large degree.
Ok, though woudln´t the more logical solution be to stop letting it be so easy for teens to get driving licence and make stricter punishments for DUI?
Very interesting. It's still crazy to me that you can serve your country and die from 18-20, but can't buy a 6 pack of beer. The first place I legally drank a beer was in Australia at 19...while in the US military. Strange concept.
A friend of mine spent a lot of time in Germany growing up and was completely confused by the bizarro-world American version of Oktoberfest beers.
American Oktoberfests are usually heavy lagers flavored with spices and fruits (made for smaller-scale gatherings and holiday get-togethers) but the beers served at the actual Oktoberfests in Germany are usually much lighter, golden beers (so people at the festival can enjoy the food more instead of filling up on heavy beers).
Later on, the same fraulein was actually more surprised to learn that nobody in the US ever saw the comedy short Dinner For One. Though that one's a bit more understandable because... well... it isn't funny.
light beer in Germany at the Oktoberfest in Munich? I think you are wrong! When I was a boy, we had many american soldiers here, after 2 Mass of beer they were drunk ;-) with 18 I had once 10 Mass of beer within 10 hours a good food and I was feeling ok and drove by car at home- ok. nowadays you cannot do this anymore...
@6000mikesch Something got lost translation here. I didn't mean light as in low alcohol, I meant not as filling. German Oktoberfests don't make you feel like you just ate, but some American ones do.
Sorry, but I have to clarify something, we don't use the term Fräulein anymore, we only say junge Frau or just Frau…
Nope, we DO use it, still. 🙂
Re: shoes inside… i built my first new house ~30yrs ago, and other than marble & stone in baths, all other floors were mahogany or oak. I did not have a house “rule” to remove shoes, but after some friends visited I noticed in the reflection of light on the wood floors that there were all these round scrapes, like from sandpaper. I finally determined that someone’s shoes had grit from outside stuck on the bottom, so every time they turned on their heel, it put a bunch of scratches in the wood. NO MORE SHOES! Only exception is a formal or cocktail party, where shoes are likely part of the outfit. And when i go to people’s homes, I ALWAYS ask, “shoes on or off?”
Having a German mom because of my former GI dad, I grew up with German family visiting us in rural Missouri. (One of mom's brothers came over, stayed, and lived the American Dream.) They're amazed at how isolated we are with neighbors a mile away and nearest town being 10 miles away. We always take them out target shooting which they always seem to enjoy as it's something they cannot do in Germany. They in turn once bought out the entire supply of Budweiser and Bud Light from my small town after going through about 40 cases in 2 weeks. Our diet beer simply has no effect on them as they would point to the 'Rice' ingredient and laugh. My Dad and his old Army buddy said that they had to take a break after about a week of drinking beer with them. They play hard, but they also work hard. When you find yourself with a group of them in full party mode it's some of the most fun you'll ever have.
...... wtf? of course we can do target shooting in germany.
you just cant do it at random places but you ll go to a shooting-range where you can chose from a limited variety of guns.
American "Beer" is like Water to us in south Germany :)
@Markus My Opa worked for Römer brewery for years and retired from there. I think he was one of the board members. Funny because it was one of my favorite beers when I was stationed there and didn't know this.
My German family calls US beer 'diet beer'. Even Jever Fun puts it to shame. One thing I really liked that I can't get here is Karamalz and your sprüdel is excellent.
What's the difference between sex on the beach and Budweiser light?
None, both is fuckin' close to water.
I was one of those kids (teen) who learned metric in the “70’s when Jimmy Carter was in office. To this day I think in a mix of both systems: weight is in pounds, small lengths are in cm, large lengths are in miles. I had to teach myself inches because men at hardware stores didn’t have a clue what a centimeter was and would get angry. I’m glad to see that American kids today are learning both, though I have no clue what “New” math is. How can you know how much your groceries are going to cost if you get three answers to every math problem?
New math was "new" math when I got back from Bangkok in 1965. It was just as much B.S. then as it is now. And it only serves to make an already confusing "thing" incomprehensible.
The thing is, the UK did a somewhat successful transition to metric. But then they also decimalised their currency at the time. Before that a pound was 20 shilling which were 12 pence each.
Basically take the yard/foot/inch system, but with money.
Let me ask.this there are metric and standard socket sets...but what ratchets you use to use those sockets? 1/4", 3/8", 1/2"
@Shawn Taylor also pipes especially for plumbing are measured in inches sometimes here in Europe. Sometimes that gets transfered to Millimeters and this is sometimes then rounded. But you never know for sure if it's a rounded inch measurement or the exact diameter in millimeters and if it will fit or it wont, a big mess.
Why? I really don't know...
The new math was an effort to lift the mathematical literacy of the general population. This occurred at the same time as we begin pushing everybody in America so full of pills of every different sort they really can't do anything anymore. So now we have a lot of people who couldn't have learned much past counting on their fingers anyway who don't know enough math to balance a checkbook.
I think the thing with the personal bubble depends on where you are in Germany. I'm from northern Germany and we need more personal space here. We don't like when people get so close. I think it also depends on whether you are in a crowded city or in the countryside.
Same here, and if you're on a train or bus and sit next to someone you don't know without asking, its like sin.
Similarly,I was born Danish but grew up partly in Flensburg.My personal space would dwarf Elon Musk's ego.Living in the US now,I've probably offended many by instinctually backing away.
My nephew was quite in love with the idea of moving to Germany after he graduated, and he also really, really, really, loves ketchup. His grandmother took him to Germany for his graduation present. Upon arrival he went to a McDonald's and grabbed a burger and fries. He was shocked and dismayed to discover that they charge for their packets of ketchup. He instantly decided Germany was stupid, and the dream was dropped.
Hmm, McDonaldˋs is an american company I thought? And a dropped dream because of ketchup? Okaaaaaayyyyy
Our family went to China to live therefor a while .You can’t imagine all things they didn’t have…
Lol, funny to judge an country by its ketchup prices. I like the americans beside you are silly. ;)
The reason is, you can get your fries cheaper without ketchuo. Nice move.
US companies like McDonald are literally the only ones who charge extra for ketchup. I always thought this is a typical american ripoff 😂
With regard to the sales tax issue, you answered the question yourself. Companies put the price they are selling it for, nationally. The local seller does not have to change that price state by state, since there are large differences between each states sales tax. The products are marketed nationally while sales taxes are local. This goes on down the line with county and city taxes being added in some locations.
I started school in the US during the push toward metric conversion. Then one fall, I started class and suddenly everything was all inches and pints. Add to this that I lived near the US/Canada border, watching mostly Canadian TV, and to this day I get horribly confused. Like, just hearing the temperature doesn't tell me whether it's going to be hot or cold outside. I always have to look it up.
The only thing I can do is feet and inches, and that only because there is some practical use when watching non-metric content. Oh and yards, which is like roughly 90 cm, but if that goes like beyond 100m/110yd I have no idea. And I know that 50 miles are around 80 km, because that is what the USAF considers space.
For temperatures I have no idea, but every time I look it up, both make kind of sense.
That's really awesome to hear your simple explanation of American football to Germans who don't understand the sport. I have a lot of European friends and none of them really understood football either and also thought the same thing, just a bunch of dumb gorillas hitting each other, until I explained that it's actually not simple, but rather is by far the most complex sport on the planet and is essentially chess with people. I showed them the picture of Tom Brady's armband and explained that every single one of those weird combos on there was a play and that before every single play the QB will call out something like "0 OUT SLOT 62 F SLIM Z MONTANA FLARE" and explain that everything means something different for each player, where they should line up, blocking assignments, the routes, etc and then I showed them the video "Drew Brees with an Insane Play Call From the Booth." that shows how ridiculous a lot of football play calls are and how incredibly complicated. I never used "chess with rugby moves" though that's interesting, I would say "Imagine that football is one gigantic game of chess between the 2 head coaches, and the players are the game pieces".
The 21 drinking age thing is relatively recent, at least for this 60-year-old. States used to have different drinking ages and many were 18, especially on the East Coast. The federal government basically forced them all to go to 21 in the 1980’s by linking highway funds to the 21 drinking age. It did reduce drunk driving deaths. Probably in Germany there are more public transportation options so drunk driving isn’t as much of a concern.
I didn't know that, and it actually kind of makes sense! I'll add this to the pile of things that are different between US and DE because of how we handle transportation.
Heck, I was buying beer, wine and Champale at the age of 13 in South Carolina in 1977. I was 19 when the age limit first came out set at 18. Being sent to Germany in the Army was a drinking paradise at 19 years old.
The big difference is - Germans learn how to DRINK before they learn how to DRIVE! The Yanks have their priorities wrong...again...
I remember things the same way--the big concern was drunk driving by teenagers. The federal government forced all the states to have 21 be the drinking age. So much for all that talk about local control and freedom and taking responsibility for your actions.
4:00 Totally true, I also feel that way. Driving manual gives you an understanding of how the car works and why gears are actually neccessary. But for me it even goes beyond that. I cannot have fun driving an automatic, for me it's just too boring. Switching gears myself, using the clutch and so on is a very important part of driving most people miss nowadays. This is why I learned driving manual since the beginning and this is why I will never stop doing that.
that's just crazy to me.
Another important aspect that barely gets any attention is that repairs on manual cars are cheaper and the manual car needs less repairs in their complete lifespan. They are less subsceptible to mechanical damage or technical failure.
My manual Megane consumption Is 4 L/100Km or 1.7gallons/100miles
Impossible for an automatic .
about that alcohol thing, you forgot that you can get low amounts of light alcohol with 14 in germany, but then only when your parents are present and pretty much only one beer. I know this because I am german myself and I made use of that right at every opportunity I had, even though it wasnt a lot due to covid (I just turned 14 when covid started being a big deal) and now I am 16.
I am swiss, so maybe there is a slight difference, but from my experience, most places couldn't care less if your parents let you have some beer or wine, 14 or not. its 16 as well to get beers and wines, but before then, if its your parents that get you the beer, nobody really bats an eye.
I mean, there is also the factor of illegal drinking.
If you grow up in a rural area in Germany, you are likely to be drinking without an adult, even liquor, at 13-15 years old.
Of course, I personally haven't done that, but I know people who have.
The whole perspective of alcohol is different in the states. Here alcohol is something we view as a party/celebration drink whereas in pretty much the rest of the world it's just another beverage you would have with a meal or something
@Thundermikeee in germany it is legaly the right of the parent to decide what and how much alcohol the kids get to drink as soon as they are 14. The Parents need t be with them and obviously responsily parent them but they are legally allowed to give them alcohol. I hope i could give you a bit more insight into the legal aspective in germany.
@Cajus Vollmar I figured that was the case, I was just trying to say that most restaurants or the like probably wouldn't care about whether a kid is 14 if the parents say its okay and its not a little kid. law and reality are often different things. like how weed is illegal in switzerland but cops just wont care unless you are being way too obvious about it. as long as you dont light up in front of cops you are usually fine.
As an American living in Germany, my theory on why we talk so loudly is that we are just so amazed at how nice (and how old) everything is, that we're like, "Oh, my God, Janet, look at that cathedral/half-timbered house/castle/etc!" Plus, we automatically assume that everybody else wants to know what we're talking about.
I miss tailgating before games! Go Unicorns!
While Germans think it odd how quick Americans are to talk to each other, we were surprised at the way German restaurateurs would seat strangers at our table when all tables were occupied. This is how we met a man (back in the 80's) who had been a German prisoner of war in Idaho. He said he had the time of his life, that he never ate better in his life and spent the whole war listening to American records and playing baseball all day. Said he fell in love with America and Americans in the prisoner of war camp. Asked to stay, but they made him go back. He got a job which allowed him to travel on business to the USA and he did, as often as he could.
I remember one time me and my sister were buying clothes at an H&M and it was so peaceful and quite there and suddenly there's a noise coming from another place I turned and it was a group of Americans who were taking so loudly that me and my sister just looked at each other with shock
But at the same time I really love how warm and friendly Americans are
good with the bad
* "My sister and I ..."
I lived in the northern US for some years and when I moved back to the South I was very annoyed by how loud and obnoxious Southerners are in public. It's not all Americans, just depends on where you're at in the USA.
I think the "loud" aspect of being an American can greatly depend on where you were brought up. I was raised right off of the Navajo reservation in New Mexico and have been accused of being VERY quiet after I moved to California. That was until I took my husband home for the first time. He tried to order at a Burger King and was like "It's not just you...It seems like everyone around here whispers".
Agreed. My exposure to indigenous culture is that being loud is to intrude upon others, so speaking softly is to show respect. I have to agree this is the more considerate way to be.
I think this is another geographic error. How loud are your surroundings? That's how loud you are.
@Jürgen Hermes Awfull English, but yes
@Jürgen Hermes Macht doch nichts....Jeder, wie er eben kann.
Um die Worte gehts eh nicht...
The pharmaceutical commercials hit me hard when we did watch TV the one night we stayed in when we went to Hawaii. Almost every ad after the pharmaceutical ad was one from a personal injury lawyer telling you to contact them if you have been injured by the proceeding drug advertised.
It was so weird.
We don't have prescription drug ads here and ambulance chaser lawyers are also banned.
to the drinking thing i gotta say: im german and im turning 16 in about a week. i drink about 1-2 beers per weekend and no alcohol on weekdays (because of school) and ive had no problems. because you can drink with your parents since youre 14, its pretty "normal" to drink a beer and its nothing special. thats probably why many people abuse the thing at a relatively young age in the states. because its something special over there
The tax thing is because the sales tax on items can vary all the way down to the individual town level and sometimes the sales tax for gas can be different than the sales tax for groceries which again can vary down to the town level and most businesses don't want to bother with making a different price tag on each item at each location so they don't bother.
OMG and I was complaining about three different three different VAT rates in Germany ...
Rule over the thumb:
Postal stamps: 0%
Everything else: 19%
Sounds like a tax reform in the US might be helpful. And I don't mean putting it on a federal level, but moving it to state level can already help. In the worst case you have 4 rates to take care of at any given point.
Even if it can vary on a city level and different rates for different goods, don't print a price on the product, but add the applying tax rate to the price you hang on the shelf. Where's the problem? I mean the system of the cash register works on the article number coded in the bar code anyways and the actual price is drawn from the database from that. I must say that I love the German system that by law a vendor is mandated to show the prices with all taxes included on a consumer level. B2B prices can be and most of the times will be provided as net prices, but B2C it's a consumer protective law that the consumer instantly can see how much he has to pay for a good or a service.
@Michael Groß Newspapers and books aree also 7%, vouchers are 0%, and some nice other thing, ever wondered why the cashier at your favorite fast food restaurant asks you "Zum Mitnehmen oder hier essen?" Well, depending of that, the VAT rate changes. If you do it as a Take-away, it's sold as food at 7%, if you eat there it counts as restaurant service, and therefore is charged 19% VAT. Fun fact: Even if you eat there and say that you want to, they often hit the "OUT" button and technically commit tax fraud. Take a look at your next visit.
Many types of really bad addictions in the US, way too many for anyone's good. No wonder the whole 'build back better by turning them against eachother' worked so well.
There is hope.
Dude, I married a German. On the down side is warm pop, rigidity about cleanliness and order, volksmusik, and shushing people. On the up side is good beer and chocolate, love of art, rationality, the ability to have a decent conversation, and general gemutlichkeit (just make sure you take your damn shoes off before you come in).
This theory with larger personal bubble of Americans is a bit weird. When I was working in the US, a lot of Americans wanted to hug me (mostly female coworkers) and not the polite, lean in, air kisses kind of way found in Germany, but a real hug. That was way too much physical contact for this German girl. Okay, I also hate hand-shakes and air kisses, unless it's really close friends.
Drinking age is also an interesting thing. Because the high age kind of hypes up being legal to drink? I found that so odd when I was watching another youtuber and she really went on and on about turning twenty-one soon and being able to drink. And on the day of her birthday, she went out to party and got really drunk with a bunch of cocktails. And cocktails are dangerous because they often contain a lot of hard alcohol but taste like fruit drinks. Even if you're used to harder stuff it's easy to misjudge them.
And of course at twenty-one all of them already have a driver's license so drinking and driving is an issue, while Germans at sixteen don't. When my friends and I wanted to get drunk we met for a party with sleep-over. And often our parents bought the alcohol and laughed at us when we came home with a hang-over. Public transport with a hang-over is also fun.
Surely a point ! I was in party in Paris and a girl said " I knew it right away that you're not French: you didn't kiss " I answered "I usually select whom I kiss " and she was extremely pissed .....
I recently took the Paris metro on the evening of some big football (soccer) match. Two 50ish guys, could hardly stand, then one station one leaves the train in the very last second and shoots for the garbage can. No idea if the other one realised it. Or cared.
I think its also an East coast vs. West coast thing. I would never hug my coworkers and when I worked on the West coast everyone hugged me and it was unnerving and seemed inauthentic.
1. I mean, I can kinda see potential in trying this again in the future and it actually going through, though maybe that's just wishful thinking.
2. I think the other kind of chips, or French fries as we call them, could also count in this even if they aren't really crunchy.
3. I can say that I'm at least part of a family with people who know how to do that. My mom was taught and later taught someone stick before getting her license and my grandfather was the teacher. I'm sure there would be someone in my family's current generation who could also learn but I don't think I'm that person. I'm already too scared to figure out an automatic. At least in video games, if there is a ton of rules, like there are of the road, I can just retry over and over again until I get it right. Plus my general lack of focus on one thing at a time is gonna be a huge problem.
4. This is definitely something I think alot of people here, myself included, don't get why it's the case but at this point we probably just expect it to not get any better. Certainly isn't the only thing though.
5. Well that theory definitely makes way more sense than what I was thinking. What I was thinking was because of the whole "bigger is better" thing I guess and louder is just bigger soundwaves.
6. It could just be my grandparents but I think older people tend to follow more with the fashion for outside thing at least so it hasn't gone completely away. Of note was seeing a classic rock medley show in Branson, Missouri called Anthems of Rock I think. We were supposed to all wear something nice for it which is not something I'm particularly used to, since as a metalhead I tend to go with a band shirt and whatever pants or shorts I happen to have, but that's what they did back then. We had to do it again the next day with a dinner and boat show also in Branson.
7. Ok I don't like any sport but that's actually kinda interesting with the American football thing.
8. I feel like sometimes I'd be too shy that I can probably get away with this not being a problem.
9. Might as well add tobacco to the list of things not allowed even at 18 here, at least last I heard anyway. Although at least I know alcohol has healing/cleaning benefits like with mouth wash and such, so maybe tobacco makes more sense to be restricted even further in age.
10. The worst I can say I do is that I usually take my shoes off in the house when I get back home, albeit I take them upstairs to my room first before I do that, but otherwise I and the rest of my household don't wear shoes in the house and it's never something I got why people could do that, less because of the mess it can make, but more so because I feel like it should be uncomfortable to leave them on aside from sleeping and bathing I guess.
11. I guess nice to know there's some places in the US that don't do that.
12. I think you're exaggerating a tad bit since I don't remember this happening too often, if at all, on kid's channels, well daytime kid's channels. But otherwise, yeah it is weird.
13. I think for this alot of it comes down to just greedy CEO's are greedy and hate people. I remember back in 9th grade I heard something about how alot of CEOs or stuff like that, at least here, tend to be sociopathic and I think I understand what they meant now.
14. See 13
15. I guess since I don't really like sports in general this is completely new to me. Though at least now I found a reason to actually go to a game if the opportunity ever comes up.
As an American kid growing up in Washington State (Bothell), my parents insisted that if we were going to learn to drive, it will be using a manual car 🚙 that we would learn to drive on.
And thank God. Once you learn how to drive a manual, you can drive anything.
I think the street shoes in the house in America is a relatively new thing. My mother always taught us to take our shoes off at the door - this was back in the 60's or earlier. I've gotten a bit away from this behavior as I''ve gotten older, but I still feel a twinge when I wear my tennis shoes in the house - usually because I forgot something and need to go back into the house for it, and don't want to have to take off and put back on my shoes. When I go visit my friend in Germany, I've always forgotten to bring some sort of house shoe (slipper), and I really do need to remember it the next time I go. Verdamnt Americanerin! LOL
When I was 14 it was legal there to drink beer. Maybe this law changed I'm not sure. But beer in Germany is a past time and not a big deal as Wine is in France. @Nalf, I think you should have mentioned Americans prudishness. That's a huge contrast. Nudity and it's conception in America is absolutely ridiculous. Thanks to this country I don't even want to take my shirt off in my driveway out of respect to all the "virgin eyes" in my HOA neighborhood. Who knows there might even be a by-law about it.
Without a parent now its 16 for beer but with a parent you can drink the light stuff at 14
I'm American and I'm not loud at all and you scare the hell out of me whenever you start your videos. I lived in Germany for 3 years in the late seventies and we were the only Americans in a German village. Pretty awesome experience
As someone who lived in Germany for 4 years (and Belgium for 1), this is spot on. One thing I had to learn right away is that when it's your birthday in Germany, YOU buy the drinks for everyone. 😂 Also, I find Germans to be super loud when they are vacationing as tourists. But you're right, they are quiet at home. You can hear a pin drop on the Munich subway...
Beer is quite cheap in germany a case of beer (20*0,5l or 24*0,33l) will cost you 10-15€uro. Even hard alcohol will only cost 10-15€ per bottle, you even can buy cheap hard alcohol for ~6€ per bottle.
1. Holiday is the time to let it all out and watch a little less about your manners and 2. most germans tend to be hyped so the´ll automatically will be a bit louder 3. most poeple like to enjoy (rather early) drinks. so while the clock turns one looses its patient and calm manners :D germans are humans not more not less
@lac tera My mother's family was German: air-kisses for greetings, but the thought of pressing your chest against someone socially feels inappropriate.
BTW/you can also hear a pin drop on the DC Metro. It's only the tourists who are talking to each other. Everyone else just wants to be at home. I suspect that is the origin of a lot of the "Americans are loud" stereotypes. American tourists in Europe may be in a group, they are stoked to be there, having a good time or outright partying. Everyone around them is having the normal, bland day or awkward date, etc. So of course the Americans are louder and attract unwanted attention.
I don't know what Germans are like at home, but as tourists, they and Italians are as loud as Americans are reputed to be. I also ran into some VERY loud Spanish speaking tourists. I don't know what country they were from; their accent wasn't familiar to me. The best way I can explain it is that it sounded like Spanish being spoken with a Russian accent.
I remember in 1968 the family went to a restaurant in Canada. It was a revolving restaurant on this stalk thingy. Well mom had a hard time explaining to a German guy that he just couldn't have a drink and go. He had to eat a meal too. Mom was the only one who could speak German. It was almost a shouting match.
1960/61 I spent in Canada and the US and almost stayed for good. What made me leave in the end is the lackin interest over there in many things of interest that I had got implanted in Germany in my childhood and youth. We learn to take our life serious, whether this is good or bad is hard to say.
Great video, informative. I do take issue with the "loud American" though. The company I worked for years ago had a German national working there and he yelled EVERYTHING. Screaming into the phone to someone on the other side of the plant. The joke was you could hang up and still hear what he was saying to you.
But there is some truth in loud Americans. Every (yes every) Italian family I have visited with and had a meal with yelled at each other. If you didn't yell when you spoke they thought you had a sore throat or something. Its a crazy sterotype I grew up with but every Italian family was LOUD.
That is just the southern fire. Have you seen them drive?
But hey, you found a german that gave a good example for why we try to speak calmly.
The "Shoes-off-rule" doesn't apply to Germany per se. Back in time (70s, 80s) nobody took off their shoes, quite the contrary it would have been considered rude to tell your guest to do so. Me in particular cannot be friends with someone who thinks it's ok that the first thing a guest hears is a command. I'll have a quick look around and decide in an instant if putting off my shoes is appropriate (carpeted floor) or not (laminate, tiles etc.). The culture develops toward "Putting off shoes before entering the house" because Germany isn't the home of clean, industrious and prompt people anymore: Previously one did not bring dirt into the house - because the outside was as clean as the inside...
The tipping issue really is different. Every time I have been in Germany, friends have all but snatched my "American" tip off the table, put a lesser amount down and handed me the rest of my money back.
I remember learning a short poem when I was younger to help when thinking about temperatures in Celsius.
"30° is hot, 20° is nice.
10° is cool, 0° is ice"
While 20° being a 'nice' temperature is debatable (I'd prefer 23-24° myself) it was a good rhyme to use.
catchy and helpful
Hey that's actually pretty useful. I set my air conditioner to 71F at night which is 21.7 C.
As someone from Scotland 14 degrees is hot. Then I moved to america and suddenly 28 was cold lmao
Will remember that, thanks!
All Americans have difficulty ¨feeling¨ celcius no matter how long we live abroad. After 35 years in Spain, I still convert.
As for identifying foreigners and telling where they are from - a game I used to play with myself while waiting on my friends by the Dom in Cologne - I actually went by clothing. If I see a person who looks like he - guys are easier to tell - just put on the clothes he found on the floor in the morning: American. I see a person like that, but the colors match somewhat: Canadian. Somebody is prepared for every eventuality with backpack, fanny pack, map pulled out, and tons of sun screen: Australian. A woman - this time easier to tell on women - wearing clothing that is far too "cold" for the outside temperature, but she wanted to look good/sexy: Brit. Woman that wears every accessory imaginable without looking tacky: Russian. Socks in Sandals: German. Not dead give-aways, but it works surprisingly well.
Btw: I played for the Cologne Crocodiles in my youth. Nice to see that the GFL is still up and running.
Got to disagree with the shoe thing. I've had people (like my son and his friends) take their shoes off and the smell of foot rot was horrible, enough to knock out a horse. The smell was bad enough but to spread fungus around is even worse, especially at the end of a hot, sweaty workday. An embarrassing odor could certainly keep future visitors away. However, some people are nose blind or enjoy that type of odor. A couple of well made, well placed doormats should help from tracking dirt around. Shoe covers are an option and are very inexpensive.
Also, when I was 14, I learned to drive a standard trans - 3 on a tree and 4 on the floor before driving an automatic. A good deterrent for auto thieves.
I feel like smelly feet are partly a result of wearing shoes all the time.
Your videos are great! I am from Seattle now living in Hamburg and played football at Redlands in California. Lived in the Portland area for 2.5 years. My girlfriend and I are thinking of firing up similar content so this is good inspiration and I find it quite funny. So accurate as well. Would love to connect!
I was in 3rd/4th grade when the metric system was discussed. My dad was a math and science teacher. There was talk about phasing it in. But dad just said, " Just say on x day we are switching." But, there just wasn't any popular support. " Why are those Europeans pestering us with this dumb thing?"
So, it just sort of withered away. But, it became standard in the sciences.
So, we Americans use two systems simultaneously. What a country!
When I was in the Navy we hit 2 ports in Germany. I fell in love with the country and the ppl. My grandmother was born in Germany.
The vacation (holidays, sorry can't help myself) days one is interesting because I think it ties into the myth of the hardworking American and the lazy European. I work for a tech company that has both Irish and American offices. Ireland has 20 days per year min holidays. Ireland (generally) has a better work life balance than America too in my experience. The guys in the American offices often make jokes at us leaving early on a Friday or taking a couple weeks off to go on holidays etc. They also tend to stay at work way way way later than us (we leave at 5 unless its an emergency, American's are supposed to do the same but usually stay until 7 at least). And despite all of this, Irish projects are handed in (fully complete) way sooner than the American projects. Not always obviously, but much more often. I've noticed a similar trend when we work with other American companies and other European companies too, American teams just seem to spend more time doing less than we do.
It goes without saying, that's not a comment on their competence (they're are every bit as capable as we are) but from what I can tell its all about being seen to be working as opposed to actually doing all that much. Which is infuriating to me, why would you be there wasting your life for nothing when you could be out doing something you actually care about. Really strange. Anyone else have similar (or opposing) experiences?
Similar experiences here. The focus on (appearing to) work in the US is very high. Overall, inEurope it's about effectiveness and efficiency so you finish on time and can (try to) enjoy life. We work to live and I'm very happy that we have set the right priorities.
California has the “radical” guarantee of 3 PTO days per year.
@GetRidOfCivilAssetForfeiture that's bleak
So jealous! Sometimes we work so much that figuring an hourly wage is incredibly low. It won't change. Folks don't get a living wage, servers have to rely on customer generosity, and vacation ... Well, worker mental health is not a corporate priority over their space travel I guess. Perhaps if there is a lesser efficiency it means we take our vacation time in little bites during the work day to keep going. The European models for vacations, education and health care are great models.
@Sin É a Mhac 3 days ain’t much but at least that is in addition to the vacation days I get at my job. I get 10 days per year in addition so in total I have 13 per year, which sadly puts me ahead of most Americans.
I'm a US American. A long time ago, I had a work buddy from Mexico, and she used to have a white carpet. I visited her once. She had me to remove my shoes, and she gave me a new pair of socks to put on. She had a bunch of socks available for visitors, in difference sizes. I removed the socks before leaving and returned them to her. I'm assuming she washed them and saved them for the next person.
the "sales tax is added at the till" is for comparison.
The "advertised" price is the same, it's the base price anywhere. Sales tax varies a LOT in the US - there's state tax and sometimes a municipal tax, too. so stores decided to only show how much THEY sell the thing for, without how much the government gets in addition because otherwise stores in places with high sales taxes would be disadvantaged.
I think the fact that the subway's in Germany was empty of chips, whereas in the U.S., I've NEVER seen an entry rack, or seen an employee have to fill one during opening hours actually speaks in the opposite direction, but then again, that's just my personal thoughts and observations.
No idea, why I found your channel today on my page, but I enjoyed watching this and was really laughing (in a friendly way) about "freaking out because there were no chips". May you and your fellow landsmen and -women always find them everywhere 😁😂. I made a mental note, when an old friend from USA plans to visit me next year. Greetings from German, Bavaria.
I, native German, learned driving almost twenty years ago. After trying to drive a manual I quickly gave up and made my driver's licence on an automatic. The manual felt like a vintage car. I would not have been surprised if I had to start the engine with a crank.
I think the major difference with the drinking age is, it’s about around whom you are gaining your initial drinking experiences around. When you’re 16 some sort of moderation naturally has to be learned because you have to go home to your parents at the end of the night. and also still function represent yourself as a decent member of your own community. People you’ll have to see every day people go to school with people you’ve grown up with chances are more family members, getting trashed in front of them is probably not gonna happen all the time like it wouldn’t college because you have a higher respect for them and also they’ll have a higher respect for you and not encourage you to drink as much as you can as fast you can. But off in college usually when everybody starts drinking you’re surrounded by nothing but 18 to 22 year olds that are just encouraging each other to drink more and more faster and faster all out of sight of the people they love and respect most and that love and respect them most. There are plenty of dumb and disrespectful things I did under the influence of alcohol at college that I would not have done if we were to get around town to my grandmother or something
I think I only "lose" my volume control when I enjoy someone's company very much (best friend/ old friend catching up with). My enthusiasm pours over and I catch myself ramping my loudness up the longer the story/ sentence is. When I complete the thought is when the embarrassment sets in and I re-adjust things. It has nothing to do with alcohol, however relaxation I suppose offers a higher potential for lax volume control.
I totally agree on your take about football, but i think it changed a bit during the last 5 to 7 years when football became much more popular here.
But of course it is still not the same knowledge.
Thank you for this vid, it was very interesting.
The reason why the sales tax is not shown is because each state and even certain counties of a state have differing taxes. No universal tax code. That said, a retail business uses the same prices everywhere but the taxes are different for each location. Kinda sucks but then different states have different requirements. Take a difference between New York and North Carolina for Example.
I was wondering if you were going to mention air conditioning. I'm not sure about Germany but I have heard about some Europeans scoffing at how we in America over air condition everything. I'm with the Europeans on this one, hate being hot outside and then freezing inside!
U know u can adjust the temp on the air conditioner right🤪🤨
@missssophisicated taking about public buildings
Soccer is the most popular sport in Germany (and Europe, and Latin America, and Africa) because of its simplicity. Simple concept, simple rules, easy to transmit this sport across borders and cultures. The British codified soccer/football at a time when their influence was at its peak: economic, industrial, military, imperial. Soccer was established first because it was easy to do so. First sport, longest history, most nostalgia. Britain had other sports, like cricket and rugby, but these didn't spread beyond Britain until much later, if at all - excepting their acculturated, English-speaking colonies (and the USA, formerly a colony). The Caribbean and India took to cricket - to a lesser extent, so did South Africa and Australia. Most of these other countries took to rugby, like South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Either that, or they adapted and changed rugby into new sports, like American, Canadian, and Australian rules football. The complexities of cricket and rugby were no barrier to acceptance because the colonies were extensions of the Mother Country - they weren't foreign. I wonder if the different countries would have viewed soccer as the "best" sport if they had been cognizant of other options.
I was an army brat in Germany in mid 1960s and had a beer delivery account which was great I could call Kurts beer delivery and have couple cases of good German beer in liter bottles and heavy wooden cases delivered even though I was 12 years old. I could get a swig of beer but never got drunk. When I returned from Vietnam, I didnt have a drivers license and went to dry county in Arkansas to visit family and on way home I asked my mother to stop at a liquor store for a six pack of beer. I went in alone and clerk demanded I show id. The only id I had was military and I was nineteen so the cashier told me to get the fuck out before he called police on me (drinking age was 21). Humiliated and thoroughly pissed I got my mother to buy beer. I was naive enough to buy beer cuz a week before I was in a bunker with m-60 belt fed machine gun and I could buy all liquor I wanted not to mention heroin, opium,pharmacutical amphetamines, seconal, and dew (marijuana) I wanted. To be fair I still looked about 15 years old, but it still pisses me off.
Liter bottles of beer are very rare in Germany, which brand are you speaking of?
In 1965 liter bottles of beer with ceramic stoppers in wire bail were all I saw. Hofbrau was one brand of beer.
@Charles Clark Sounds like something very regional bavarian. They do that stuff down there. Most bottles are half a liter or 1/3 of a liter. (with the smaller bottles actually on the rise=
Old enough to fight for your country, but to young to drink a beer.
so I live in France, and my French husband told me the other day that restaurant servers in France only get minimum wage typically, which is like a little less than 11 euros an hour. For me I was a little shocked, I was under the impression that restaurant workers were making a living wage and that's why they didn't need a tip. I was like 11 euros in some cities is definitely not a living wage. BUt my husband reminded me that at elast they don't have to pay for health care out of pocket, that university is cheap. but for me it still doesn't seem like enough
Fun fact, in germany you can order beer at restaurants if you are there with your parents at 14 years old
I was in I believe 8th of 9th grade during the change from English feet vs the German metric system. Our teachers decided they would teach both but still concentrate mostly on the English Degrees, foot, inches etc system as everyone was already versed in the old system and moving completely off it to the metric system would be like changing ones language. Till this day I still solely use the English version as that's what I had already had burned into my mind and prefer it over the metric system.
Metric is French , imposed by Napoleon around 1800
@Steve Hadfield napoleon liked he old old French units the revolutionary French Republic official used it in 1798 but it wasn’t mandatory until 1840 in France
On the drinking age, I always struggle with this. There are arguments for both sided. I when I was young had my first "beer" at 15. The beer was basically 7UP with a few drops of beer and the foam on the top. As I got older I was allowed to drink more and more, all under supervision of course. I was around 17 when I had my first real drink, a couple of actual non watered down beers.
On the one hand that thought me about responsible use of alcohol. My dad made a point of explaining the negatives of alcohol to me each time I got a drink, adding that it's ok to indulge once in a while but with limits.
On the other hand it has been proven that alcohol damages a developing brain. So from that perspective 21 is probably better.
I feel like having driving age above drinking age means new drivers already learned to be responsible with alcohol, but that would probably mean moving driving age to 25 or something like that. Basically the latest point juvenile law can be applied.
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Yeah the 24 days of leave really makes you more productive. I have worked for about 9 years with my current company and my leave started at 24 and is at 29 days now. When I filed the "leave request" for 3 weeks in the summer I still had enough left for another 2 weeks(I think I'll take them over christmas). This made my whole week. These happy feelings carry you over many bad things that happen at work through out the year.
thank you for explaining the clothes thing ..i'm sometimes shocked in USA^^ but it doesn't explain why some people are in shorts and t-shirt in winter (christmas) when it's 5-10 degree celcius outside ...and beside them there are people with winter jackets and proper clothes (all americans, i've also seen some foreigners with flipflops and down jacket which is another story^^)
I'm visiting Turkey at present and arrived at a restaurant and sat down. Within 10 seconds I wanted to leave. There were 2 Americans TALKING to some Turkish people over table. It completely shut down everyone else's conversation in the restaurant. I was tempted to ask them to start the conversation from before we walked into the restaurant because we missed out on part of their discussion. Just flipping horrible. How are some Americans so unaware of their impact on their surroundings?
Regarding costs of uni...I went to a NY state college, well regarded even now. This was ages ago so at the time it was about $1500 per semester, most of which was covered by Federal and state grants as I was dirt poor. No complaints here. But I never even considered getting a master's as I could not afford it and it wouldn't have gotten me much farther in finding a job in software dev, as the trend in the field is that experience counts much more than formal schooling - I think this is still the case but at the time it was definitely so. Flash forward several decades when I was looking for a job in Germany. One company was very very suspicious because I didn't have a masters and they wanted to grill me about it. "But why not?!" I told them the simple truth, that I didn't want to go tens of thousands of dollars into debt and that since working experience was valued over advanced cs degrees in the US anyway, it just wasn't worth it. In my mind this was a VERY responsible and sensible choice!
It was pretty clear they didn't accept this honest explanation AT ALL. Their whole demeanor changed, they became a bit cold and unfriendly. I definitely dodged a bullet there ;) Point being that you are absolutely correct, many Germans don't understand costs of uni in the US AT ALL.
As a West Virginian, wearing shoes in a house isn't the most common but not rare. With people over 50, I'd say it's more expected to take your shoes off. With people younger, it's seen as presumptuous or forceful to take your shoes off. It's sorta seen as your forcing yourself in.
The biggest culture shock I had when I went to the USA was the restaurant tipping. When the check arrived, we payed the amount on the check. The water left and in 10 sec she was back super upset since we didn't leave a tip o pay some tex that was not mentioned on the check but we had no clue so we just payed as much as she asked and apologized for the misunderstanding. Nun the less it made us feel like terrible people.
Yeah, I'm used to see tipping as a bonus for good service, and usually that just means rounding up. That dinner you just had for 18.50? Just hand over a 20 and tell them to keep the rest.
I grew up on a farm, (my father was a farmer) so whenever I came indoors, I always took off my shoes. It was the house rule my mother insisted on because of the cattle lot, hog lot, and other areas that we would tend to walk in with shoes or boots on. It kept the house cleaner, and the shoes and boots contained in the entryway. If you saw what my boots looked like, you would do the same. Thats country life!
yeah most here in the States don't even wipe their feet off before entering a house, that's the least you can do imo.
I live in, and grew up in, the Big City (NYC). We ALWAYS take our shoes off indoors. Farm dirt is _clean_ dirt. City dirt is nasty, _real_ dirt. (Spit,shit, who knows).
@Reynard Foxx Imagine if in the days before motorized vehicles - most carts or wagons were pulled by oxen. Ox dung from a farm is clean while that from the city is nasty real dirt? Sounds a load of bulls**t !
My Dutch American father and my Norwegian American mother were raised this way and I am the same. Why create the chore of sweeping and vacuuming when you just keep all your shoes by the door and put on your clean house shoes? And now with all the pollution outside on the ground that can be tracked indoors it's just a better choice for health.
I grew up on a farm, and I had different shoes that I would wear outdoors from the shoes that I would wear indoors, but I always wore shoes indoors, and this was in Texas, where it was hot most of the time. I hated going outdoors, and I would also take a bath and change clothes after visiting the barns.
Manual cars. I did learn that skill as an undergrad, because my boyfriend owned a Volkswagen Thing. Bright orange, removable top, and removable doors. I think it was manufactured in Mexico. That skill came in handy several times, like the time a rental car agency gave me a manual car, and that time when a friend had a sudden health issue on the freeway, pulled over, and asked me to drive. I can't recommend it in San Francisco, though.
I believe you learned it on a beach buggy, which was a custom made trends made out of vw typ 1 (in germany we call then Käfer (engl Bug por beetle)). The last Käfer where produced in mexico.
The removeable door got me a bit off guard, so i like to know if my assumption was right.
I was a tool and die machinist back in the 1970s. One thing I learned very quickly was that the majority of machine shops in the USA were small shops with less than a dozen employees. These shops got started by machinists working out of their garages or basements, at first part time until they got enough money to rent a facility and hire employees.
Nearly all of the machines (lathes, milling machines, drill presses, shapers, etc.) Were purchased dirt cheap at auctions from Army Surplus. Following WW2, our economy switched from a war economy to peacetime and there were many WW2 machines left over that were sold to these shops. As a result, nearly every machine I ran in the 1970s was actually 30 years old, built in the 1940s and was obviously not based on the metric system. It would have been very expensive and a hardship for all of these companies to trash good working machines and buy new metric machines.
On the other hand, as all fighting occurred in Europe and Asia, their factories had been destroyed by bombings and artillery. They had no choice but to build and buy new machines in the peacetime economy, and those machines could naturally be designed to use the Metric system.
So I get a little sick of Europeans or others thinking USA not going to Metric was due to some obstinacy, stubbornness or arrogance on our part. It was simply a very practical and economic reason.
Would it have required immediately trashing working equipment? Was that really how it would have been implemented? Couldn't we instead switch to metric for new models?
This is a great video imo that touches on numerous cultural differences well. Thanks you!
(1) Metric vs imperial. It's hard to change because, once you are used to using a system, you can easily conceptualize the dimensions of things. For example, if someone tells me "We were driving at 100 mph", first I estimate that is 160 kmh and then I think "wow you were going really fast".
(5) I think people from germanic countries are just too quiet instead of Americans being too loud. In no other place in the world, Americans are seen as loud.
I'm in the UK Juan, and I think the Americans are VERY loud! I will say though, they are friendly and polite.
Tailgating sounds interesting (I hate parties though so I'd probably never join), but one reason might be the huge parking spaces. In Germany you don't have that. It makes places much more walkable, but it also doesn't offer the space required for said parties.
I never heard of that and maybe that's (one) of the reasons why American Football is popular.
I don't think that there are many who care about the chess-like aspect you mentioned. But a similar thing is true for normal football in Germany.
While it is a rather popular sport when it comes to playing it, especially for children, most don't play it with all the rules, let alone tactics of professional football.
And while there are many who _claim_ to care about the rules or tactics many won't even be able to explain everything properly, especially when drunk.
Me included, but outside of major tournaments I never watch football and even in said tournaments I usually don't follow it closely.
And especially during the recent years I boycott events when they are hosted by countries which I deem as problematic, such as Qatar (FIFA World Cup), Russia (Olympics, FIFA World Cup), or the PRC (Olympics).
As an American of German descent (both of my parents were born in the US), I found your observations insightful. While our family would always take our shoes off at the door, if a guest did it, it would be viewed as too familiar and odd.
idk as a (half) German not taking your shoes off seems unhygienic. You walk on the streets with them and with all the shit that gets on the streets, you don't need to carry all that crap into your HOME. Or even as a guest into anyone else's house, even worse, feels so disrespectful. We even had to wear Hausschuhe at Kindergarten or School.
I had to train my partner to stop wearing shoes at our home in Berlin. 😁 Was thinking of dog poo in the streets, hygienic reasons. Finally I had some succes with presenting comfortable house shoes/ slippers to him, with mooses on them. 😂🤣
I have relatives in Germany who I have visited and you spot on with your video. The only thing I would disagree with is celsius vers farhenheit. I live in Wisconsin, where the weather is below freezing from November to March. Celsius's negative numbers are just too damn depressing, where farhenheit 20's might be below freezing, but it's not that bad.
That was a good video. Unlike most videos like this I thought all your points were valid. As a Canadian I have to say one of the most different things I notice when visiting the U.S. are the never ending prescription drug commercials on T.V. Americans are very friendly though, I notice that too.
I'm a millennial and learned to drive on a manual in the US. Certainly less common but not always as unusual as it's made out to be. My whole like 6 person close friend group in High School all drove manual vehicles or at least knew how.
And if you can drive manual, you can also drive automatic.
I love driving manual transmission cars, but here in the city where I live the rush hour traffic is horrible and there's ALWAYS a wreck somewhere. So my foot gets tired holding the clutch in while sitting in a traffic jam. It's been a long time since I've been to Germany but I don't recall them having the same traffic problems we do.
all of these easy differences are ok with me ..
thats what life is , a bunch of differences we have to live with , can make jokes about , wonder about and gladly overcome them when we meet and greet :)
there are corners of the world with much bigger differences i am totally not ok with
When I went to Germany in the Army I had a super great experience. I think it's funny the military adopted the metric system. I still estimate range in meters.
I never had an issue with chips. Usually there was so much potatoes and gravy there was no room for chips. I ate chips when I was on base. I absolutely agree on manual VS auto.
manual you are in control of the driving experience. I taught my 2nd ex wife how to drive manual and she really enjoyed it. Germans don't really have that personal bubble at all. lol Hans, my ambulance driver when I was stationed at Graf thought showering was optional.
Same, I spent a great tour in Germany in the late 90's. Yes, metric system for the military. Range in meters, distance in KMs or 'clicks', size of calibers in mm's. I still do temps in Fahrenheit though.
Gosh, I remember my father used to drive my teachers crazy because he would use military time, rather than the 12 hour clock to let them know when I needed to leave school for a doctors appt. I think he was probably being a bit of a d***, but that was my father for you. Miss that man like crazy!
Come on army guy, you weren't on a base, you were on a post.
The drinking age in Germany is actually 14 (with the approval of your parents) but you can only buy it at 16
You should visit the nacht van Assen (motogp weekend) in the Netherlands and then visit the camping areas blotted around the area.
I think you will never see anything like that again, even though it's 'regulated' now, people don't care and just party like before.
I saw things which my eyes weren't meant for 😂🎉
I think there's some logic into giving your teenagers a driing license at 16 since you need to drive everywhere there and at the same time not allowing them to drink in the first 5 years so they develop a good habbit of driving and not drinking.
The rule about not wearing outdoor shoes in house is pretty common from central europe to east (in some asian nations its same)
The reason the USA doesn’t put the tax on Stamp is because the tax is different for almost every county
I remember going on a vacation in Miami .When I ordered two beers , i had to show ID, and they refused to serve me . I was so confused, and kept saying 'wait, wait..There must be some mistake i'm 20 !' 😅
The most epic was when the Americans refused to accept my passport (I was over 21) because it wasn't an American driver's licence. I asked them how foreigners were supposed to buy alcohol in their country and they told me to apply for a green card.
@Nicholas Kent That's even worse ! lol
@Nicholas Kent Had something similar in a Walmart in Seattle... I was 22, showed them my ID, my drivers licence, my international drivers license AND my passport. Still refused to sell me a beer. Went to the liqor store next to wallmart and got something over there.
@Nicholas Kent Wo ist denn da die immer wieder übertrieben gelobte amerikanische Höflichkeit???
On the subject of American football: what you said is what my boyfriend always says. He loves American football almost as much as German soccer. He also says it's like "chess on the grass".
To this day I still don't understand how people can find that sport so great. (I'd rather stick to rugby)
You gotta check out the videos, comparing European football vs american football chants. I strongly believe you will like it. Specially the UK ones and Ajax.
I found it hilarious 😂
The good thing about have the sales ax added later is to see the tax on the ticket. I saw a video from the UK at the gas pump and drivers were asked how much tax there was and none had a clue. When told the actual amount they were shocked.
Don't know about gas stations but at German stores you always see how much VAT is included on the receipt.
@c0d3 m0nk3y Which is 19%, so if I pump for 20€, I can quickly do the math before even paying and know that it is 3.80€ in tax (and that is VAT, not the taxes that are already included before it goes to the station)
I love manual transmissions- I like to be the one In control of my vehicle. They are just harder to find now in the US. But once you’re used to it, it is not so much more difficult to get distracted since it easily becomes just as easy as an automatic. Some of the safety tips should be applied anyway- use parking brake, have your steering wheels turned a certain way up or down a slope when parked.
We almost always bought sticks, mostly Honda sedans. Then they became very hard to find. It seems that automatics claim to have better gas mileage so the car companies can only import a few sticks in their fleets. When I was growing up, sticks definitely had significantly better gas mileage and I wonder if it really has changed?
I learned how to drive one. It's pretty dissapointing tbh. It's very hard to justify spending thousands on thousands on such a impractical machine. If I was rich I would buy one. But a automatic just makes much more sense.
@Baron Von Jo lol impractical. Manual will outlast the equivalent auto car. Auto be dead at 175k. Manual easy 250k
@Barry Britcher Well darn I hate burst your bubble but my 23 year old 4Runner has 215,000 miles no transmission replacement.
A friend has a FJ Crusier with 240, 000 and then that Infamous Tundra that got to a million miles without any major mechanical repairs including the transmission.
So your kinda wrong.
Everything you said about America has an exception. Most of the time at many American homes we take our shows off at the door, at least in the Western part of the mid west, I grew up in a Nebraska where beer was served with supper and wine was served before the Sunday noon meal for children. A morning spoon full whisky was common for children. but to be fair I lived in a neighborhood of folks from Russian, and Latvia . As for the manual shifting cars. I think the number of stick shift cars produced is down to about 3%. The Electric car is making the stick shift old technology. I have driven stick shift since 1957 and I got a new electric car and love the traction engine.
I think the reason sales tax is not included in prices in the US is because of the variation in sales tax per county, city etc. So for large stores that have a national/state presence it would be more complicated, costly to list different prices online based on where you are and/or having to print different labels and not making them standard across the country/state for their items. I agree it would be nice but I think that's the main reason :)
It is simply that shops are prohibited to show prices without taxes. They surely would leave off the taxes if they were allowed.
@Thilo Reichelt In the US the prices on many labels and products, especially for National chains, are already made. And the taxes are different in every city and county and state. So the company sends out a label with the main price and it would be silly to send out 20,000 different ones for each place they’re going to.
Americans know the tax isn’t included. No one is being “fooled.”
Where I live, there was a special .1% sales tax to pay for a local baseball stadium. Once the stadium was paid for ( took about 15 years) the tax went away.
The real reason why sales taxes aren't included in prices in the US is so that the taxpayer is conscious of the burden of government upon them. You may note many nations that have hidden the taxes into the prices have much higher tax rates.
@dzapper1 This is just “A” reason, the “THE REAL reason.”
I fully agree on drinking beer. My dad started me at 10 and I have never been an abusive drinker except a few times in my late teens because my then friends were losers.
Here in Australia sales tax is called the Goods and Services Tax (GST)
By law all advertised prices must include the final amount with tax included. Basically what you see is what you pay. The American system puzzles us, and we all look at it and ask ourselves WHY?
I heard it has something to do with different tax laws in different states. Here in Australia GST is administered by the federal govt
I met someone on a train recently who was supposed to be from California. I thought he was rather quiet for an American, but then I was told he was actually born & bred in Australia!