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That's not to say everyone is antisocial, just that should expect to interact with people a bit before they invite you over or whatever. If and when people do invite you somewhere, if you will come, you had better be there on time.
Don't say yeah, maybe, we'll see, whatever and then don't show up or cancel the day of. They just want a clear answer that you will come, and they will give you a time, and you should show up at that time, not early and not later, as both are considered somewhat rude as the people are likely preparing for your visit. Again, this may have changed a bit due to everyone having phones now whatsapp is the app almost everyone here has for communicating , but this does still hold true for 'old folks' invitations among my friends--just saying come by on Sunday afternoon or something doesn't fly.
Also, this will be different among young kids, but Sundays are for downtime here, even if you do not go to church. No stores are open, people with families will generally spend time with them, etc. I don't know how old you are, but chances are you are old enough to drink beer here. It's cool to have a few, but getting so wasted that you start acting like it is your first time drinking is a rookie move. And drinking is not an activity by itself--you can safely bring beer to nearly any social activity and it is cool to drink it in the open as long as you clean up after yourself.
Keep quiet at night after 10 at latest--Germans are big into quiet hours, which are at night, and also during lunch hours like , you won't see people mowing their lawns or playing loud music , and Sundays. Just if you live in an apartment or whatever don't be blasting music or banging your doors shut during the quiet hours. I'm actually enjoying writing this more than I thought I would--brings back lots of memories even though as I said I still live here.
I don't want to take away the experience of learning all this stuff for yourself, but I think a lot of this could be helpful. Germany is very safe--in case you or your folks are worried. Yes, stuff happens here like it does everywhere else in the world, but there is no need to be worried about refugees from Syria or whatever all shit is in the news.
Just use common sense. Train stations can be a bit sketchy at night, but for the most part, there is nothing to worry about. She thought they were going to anthrax me if anyone found out I am american. No one is really strongly anti-american here. American tourists give the rest of us kind of a bad image by being loud, assuming they know everything, thinking American everything is the best, refusing to even try to speak the language, etc.
I don't know how good your German is, but I would strongly recommend to you from day 1 having a few phrases ready.
If you go to the bakery to buy some bread, don't just barge in there and start asking for stuff in English. They will hear instantly that you don't speak the language super well and will help you through it because they know that German is not spoken everywhere in the world, but they will be thankful and often praise you for trying again, so many people don't even try and I just shake my head, especially at some people who have lived here for 10 years or more and still don't speak the language--for me, it is part of being in another country to learn at least a few phrases.
It is true that almost every person that under 40 or 50 or so speaks English to some degree--some will amaze you, especially younger people. Some will even want to practice with you. But just running in and surprising someone with English will not get you very warm welcomes.
Ah, one more thing, and this goes back to the friendship thing a bit--Germans have a different idea of small talk, especially in situations where there is almost no chance you will have an actual conversation.
For example, don't expect the cashier at the store to ask you how your day was, or make really any unnecessary small talk. They'll say hello, get to moving your groceries you have to bag them yourself , and the next thing they say will usually be the amount to pay them.
Don't take offence at this--they are just doing their job. It's not that they hate you or can tell you are foreign or whatever. I personally hate the silly chitchat that goes on all over the place whenever I go back to the US, so this works very well for me.
But I have known several people who take offence and think Germans are very rude--they aren't. My french is better than my german but I definitely got to work on my german. How fast did the language come to you when you were over there? When making friends is it okay to just go up and start talking?
Like introducing yourself and asking their interests, or should I be more reserved? If you force yourself to be immersed and dedicated to using the language, VERY fast.
You cannot be afraid to make mistakes or you will never learn. Some situations will be a little embarassing, but those will also stick in your mind forever. I'll never forget for example when someone asked me what we do for thanksgiving, and I said we eat Turkei.
I was getting more fluent, but the vocab was missing. You just have to smile and say, yeah, that's what I meant! You can spend your time studying vocabulary lists until your head explodes, but it is those real-world situations that will really drive it into your brain.
There is no more effective way to learn the language. That is why I say try to stay away from the other American kids--you will be too tempted to speak English. You will likely remember a lot of the things the people are saying, and then you have the instant translation.
Finally, it also depends a bit on where you end up--some parts of Germany have a more difficult dialect or accent than others, even using different words for different things. Almost everyone can speak Hochdeutsch, or high german, which is the standard, but if you are hanging out with a group of kids from that area, they may prefer to use their own slang. The good news is they will be happy to teach it to you: The bad news is, it is not really useful anywhere else in Germany.
But it also gives you a bit of a tie to your location, learning to speak their local dialect. I don't know how long you will be there, but if it is more than a few months, you will be having conversations in German if you stick to the tips I have given here. One tip--focus on remembering the gender of nouns.
You will need them later on as you improve and it easier if you just remember them from the start rather than having to go around and learn them all again or just getting them wrong forever! As for finding friends, of course, young people are still young people, and you can just walk up and introduce yourself.
I just meant, don't expect that they will invite you over to hang out that day. You will be fine. They build the wooden structure and then fill it up with stones.
With the years, the wood changes and the walls start tilting. The houses start to look like this. It is funny to visit old cities here in Germany, with many houses like this. The streets look all weird and bend. The wood for this houses need to be cut and then put on stock for at least 20 years before you can start building something A rule of thumb says one year drying per 1 cm thickness.
After 20 years the wood is dry and it stops twisting and turning. But during the time the houses were build they had a not enough dry wood to cover the demand, so people bought cheaper wood that wasn't as dry as required. So seeing House like that does tell you that they are build on the cheap and fast. Thank you for adding that! It is also stated in some articles that the constructers didnt use a proper foundation, so the water from the ground could soak into the walls and wood over the years.
Also if the houses are built on clay which is not entirely unlikely the whole base of the house can start sinking, often at different rates causing deformation. It happens even with modern buildings if you don't anchor the foundation well. Can be caused by other things than clay though, that's just common where I live so the main thing I know about. Wood drying also seasoning lumber or wood seasoning reduces the moisture content of wood before its use. When the drying is done in a kiln, the product is known as kiln-dried timber or lumber, whereas air drying is the more traditional method.
Equilibration usually drying causes unequal shrinkage in the wood, and can cause damage to the wood if equilibration occurs too rapidly. Okay I looked for some articles online: Some of those houses are from the Then they use steel or more wood to help stabilize it and prevent more leaning towards the street.
This article includes some pictures. This link is from a site thanking the firefighters, that saved this house from collapsing after refurbishments. In Vienna, 5 houses collapsed within 3 months. Mostly because the owners took walls out without permission, until the remaining walls could not hold the weight alone. With specific measures, those houses can get stabilized. But the wood that is part of the walls rotting away is a big problem. Other than that, which is getting better, many of these Fachwerkhäuser are older than the United States themselves, so of course they're showing their age despite big efforts to secure them.
These houses are built like this for a specific reason. A long time ago, property tax was based on the amount of room the first floor took up.