Mittwoch, 30. Dezember 2009

Task 1

Get to know how blogging works:

"Comment" on this post and write about one thing from your own culture that is typically American / German for you. This could be a thing, a certain behaviour, a place, or anything else. Then explain in about 50 words why you think it is typical.

Kommentare:

  1. Typical for germany(especially bavaria) is in my opinion beer..! When my exchange partner from france came to germany, the first thing he wanted to do was "drinking beer! (tout de suite ;-) )" .. like my oncle from canada .. last summer he visited us for one week and he was drunken all the time. His reason was: "when you drink beer in canada you get a hadache and it tastes miserable!" But at least he got the knowledge, that you can also get a hadache in germany from too much beer :-)
    Because of these funny expiriances i think almost every person from cheep-beer-countrys come to germany for 3 things: drinking beer for breakfast, drinking beer for lunch and drinking beer for dinner (short: drinking beer all the time)

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  3. Yes beer is very German and we Americans love that because beer is good. So therefore we love Germans. One thing that seems American is a mixture of different people and cultures. I am Irish, German, and Scottish yet my best friend is Guatemalan. Do you have Guatemalans in Germany? Another is tobacco we love our tobacco especially the chewing kind so i can do it in class if i had a can right now, well thats all.

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  4. Something very "American" to me is malls. I like to hang out with my friends at malls, sometimes go shopping and look at stuff that is out of my price range. Although I can't go now, it is too cold out, I always enjoy a day at the mall.

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  5. In Germany, the drinking age is a lot lower then it is in America. Drinking under the age of 21 is frowned upon and very illegal. Also typically in America people dont normally drink beer in the morning with breakfast. I bet living in America is vastly different from living in Germany.

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  6. Typically to me in America life is about fun. Fun is going to fast food restaurants all the time with friends after school. America IS the fattest country. I personally go to fast food restaurants a lot. But I like to keep active unlike some people. So fast food is typically the reason why Americans are always in a rush and are so eager to do everything. In my opinion.

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  7. That is rather interesting. In America it is illegal for people under the age of 21 to consume alcohol, so I do not have any personal experience with beer.

    Although it is very popular, in America, to consume beer while watching a variety of sports.

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  8. I see that you enjoy beer! In America it is illegal to drink beer under the age of 21. What is the drinking age in Germany? For fun, we play a lot of sports to stay fit and healthy. I personally do Tae -Kwon-Do and some mixed martial arts. It makes me a better fighter and a better person overall. Even though the food is not so great, I manage to eat healthy. What do you do for fun?

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  9. It is interesting to think of what is typically "American" for someone like me, who has spent most of life within the country. And even harder, when the entire country is as spread out as it is. Though it likely wouldn't matter even if it was smaller than Greece, since that country has had its fair share of cultural differences as well. The one thing I would contribute to most Americans, however, is an overwhelming need to validate their independence. Nearly every concept, idea, game, or even small conversation can lead to some immediately trying to say what they would do in the case of losing control. America is problably the most anxious country I have seen (not that I have been in any country long enough for that statement to actually mean something). Independence is a key word to basically every aspect of American life, whether it is in the family, the educational system, the work force, or even personally. It pervades our every thought, affects our every action, and infests our every word.

    Wow that was long >.>

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  10. You know what i do for fun Mike i play Xbox 360(call of duty modern warfare 2)YEAAAA!I also dip a lot of tobacco and lift weights.

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  11. @Nich R.: I`m sure there are some Guatemalans but i don`t know anyone. Here in Germany are more Turks an Russians. I`ve actually heard, tha in some quaters of berlin are more turks, than in some quaters(with the same area!) of Istanbul! Fortunately they are all very friendly! But of course there are some differences between them and us. Typical prejudices for Germany are definitely orderliness, disclipine and the sense of duty. Did you know that these cliches are coined by Wilhelm I. (king of prussian)? He ruled his soldiers to be authentic and dutiful. Since then Germany is famous for reliability..I`ve never heard of this prejudice but a study says that 60% of the respondents think that belongs perfect to the Germans :) What do you think about that? And Nick .. I think you`re right with your aspect, that America is famous for its mix of cultures. But as a German i`d say America is more known for McDonalds food.. Especially HAMBURGERS .. yummy!! ;-)


    @Patrick M: We usually don`t drink beer for breakfast! That was only a joke ;-)
    we German prefere a cup of tea in the morning :D

    @Michael K: No, I don`t really like beer. For me, it tastes to bitter. In Germany drinking beer is allowed with the age of 16 and spirits with the age of 18, but actually no one cares about your age.. if you want to drink sth you`ll also get sth.. at the latest at the Oktoberfest. There is so much stress, that no one cares!
    You`re doing Tae-Kwon-Do? That`s really awesome!
    I`m doing Tae-Boe. That`s aerobic with kick-boxing and boxing. Do you know that?
    What I like to do as well is jogging and snowboarding.. :) that`s what I do to stay fit!

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  12. Ah i see i like burgers too and hot dogs. Nick didn't talk about Guatemalans it was I Dennison. Nick doesn't like Guatemalans(i hope he reads this ha ha ha). I'm only Kidding. We have some Russians but i only knew one Turkish kid and his name was Kutay, i don't know what happened to him i think he moved.

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  13. @Lea

    Germany seems interesting with it's diverse mix up people and ways of life despite us Americans having a mix of every nation. I am personally Chinese American and I was wondering if the Asians in Germany are as white washed as I am. As in are they still close to their nationality as in language and culture or have they adapted to the German way? =)

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  14. Lea, are you into history? It seems like a person with such knowlegde of a king of persia would at least have an interest.

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  15. Actually Brian he said Prussia which was a coalition of German states that until Bismark, was the first true unified state able to be identified as Germany.

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  16. Well I'm a little late in doing this task but it still counts. I'm the American exchange student from Colorado Springs and I'm living here in Germany until July 2010. I've been here since August 2009.

    A typical thing for Germans I have noticed is their love of beer but also how much they like to party. Yes Americans also party but it is nothing like here. There can be parties every weekend and for any occasion. A big "party time" in Germany would be Weihnachten. They have so many Christmas parties and during the two weeks we have for break, many people go to Discos (clubs) or "out on the town" from 2-5 times a week. And then there is Silvester (New Years) which is kinda huge. Another big "party time" coming up is Fasching. They dress up in crazy costumes and party a whole week long. Many people might be drunk every day (that might be exagerrated but some people have told me this themselves). A typical thing for Americans I think is, like Nick R. said, hanging out with a group of friends at the mall. In Germany they dont really have malls like in America. SO for us Americans its kinda special. There is nothing more fun than calling up a group of your favorite people to hang out with and hit the mall for a day. We indulge in trying on clothes we cant afford, running through the department stores (like Sears or Big K) and making the sale assistants mad, and just walking around laughing about nothing in particular. This is very typical for American teens that many German teens can't experience.

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