If you speak the language perfectly, but you haven’t examined the characteristics of facial expressions, gestures, postures, traditions and habits of the nationality, you risk getting into an awkward situation.
So what should you know about the Germans?
Punctuality, which is especially appreciated, is considered to be the main feature in the German national character. German always arrives in time and being late for an appointment, even slightly and for a good reason, you may put yourself at a disadvantage. Even public transport in Germany always comes clearly and without delay.
German appreciates an order in all affairs – it is important that any little thing in everyday life was made as it should, he doesn’t approve superficiality in business.For example, it is inappropriate to cross the road at a red light.
The Germans are very direct when communicating, so you may find them rude, arrogant and insensitive. But in fact, this feature is incorporated to any German from birth, for him is normal to tell you what he really thinks. Be prepared for this and do not take these little things close to heart. Many people think that they are unfriendly, overly restrained and have no sense of humor. The sense of humor they have, but it is somewhat different from ours, and it seems more serious.
Wherever they are and whoever they meet the Germans always use a handshake gesture, which is considered an expression of politeness, usually shake hands firmly. The exception may be close friends or young people who may neglect shaking hands and replace it with some other gesture.
Waving his hand in greeting or farewell German produces motion from side to side, bent at the elbow or hand outstretched. Performing this gesture is taken over from European culture. Similar gestures are also nodding the head up and down in terms of agreement and to the sides, if consent is refused. Only the Germans in order to blow somebody a kiss, they kiss the fingertips and wave with a raised hand.
The sign of special respect is an invitation for a visit to home. Arriving on a visit it is accepted to give small gifts to children. To the lady of the house a man can present a bouquet of flowers. Before you can have a drink at a party, you need to raise a glass and clink glasses with the owner. And arriving at the restaurant you should greet everyone are near you, even strangers.
As a bad manner for the Germans is considered the question about the family or children and questions of a personal nature, they don’t talk about money and private matter in any context. Raising eyebrows and German means that he is excited, the Englishman expresses doubt in this way. Hearing something stupid, an Italian or French will certainly knock himself on the head, a German, in this case will slap his forehead with his palm.