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What are some cultural taboos in Germany?

Hallo!

What are some cultural taboos in Germany?

Danke

August 18, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MortiBiRD

Do not do the hitler salute (or anything else praising nazi germany). Unlike the internet, most germans are very critical about that time.

August 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lunaire96

I'm from Germany and I don't think there's too many cultural taboos here (at least not where I'm from). The following things were all I could think of off the top of my head.

Don't mention anything pertaining to WWII, don't listen to music through speakers while using public transportation, offer your seat to elderly people when your means of public transportation is crowded, don't order "Alt" beer while in Köln, don't order "Kölsch" beer while in Düsseldorf and you should be fine.

August 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/john503633

"don't listen to music through speakers while using public transportation"

I think this is a given everywhere. You'll get kicked off the bus if you do it here

August 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tjatwood42

Unfortunately it's all too common here in America.

August 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Todd368975

I was (gently) scolded by a neighbor for washing my car on Sunday. He told me to spend time with my family :)

August 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/john503633

Also, making noise on Sunday / during quiet hours

August 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN

It was against the law in Bavaria when I was there in the late 70's, early 80's.

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndreasHub11

Cultural taboos, depending on your environment, includes also to harsh vocabulary: Better never use the word mer fer and stuff like that. Well, what else? It is quite appreciated, to be on time at any appointment. Depending on your cultural background, a hand-shake is the usual and most intense way of skin contact, whenever saying either hello or good bye in a more formal context. Hugs or kisses, as they are just usual in Latin America, are not common in the formal German cultur. What you do amongst friends, is for sure another thing. Also avoding noises, especially at night or on Sundays and holidays within residential areas, is a part of common sense.

August 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/4sambini

--the accepted thing to do when entering any establishment--even an elevator--is to offer a general greeting and an aufwiedersehen when leaving

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

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Eat the food that is on your plate

http://jackelliot.over-blog.com/2018/05/always-finish-your-food.html

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August 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

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It is a taboo to educate your child at home in Germany.

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http://jackelliot.over-blog.com/2018/07/homeschooling-banned-in-germany.html

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August 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MortiBiRD

Its more like the other way around. You (or your child) are forced by law to visit a school. Staying at home is not visiting the school, therefore you break the law.

Schulpflicht exists since 1919 in all parts of germany (or then the german reich). Before 1919 many german states already had the Schulpflicht, its just that (poor) farmers (and other country folks) did not want their kids to be in the school, because they were needed to work on the field.

Also unlike in the USA. Public schools are normal and are usually decent (at least somehow).

You can discuss the pros and cons of home schooling without hesitation (ok it might be a boring topic), its just home schooling as a different role in the us. Here its basically nonexistant.

August 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

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Yes I agree

You are correct

It is not a taboo

It is unlawful

thank you for correcting me.

August 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OfficeTrotter

Basil Fawlty has some advice for you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfFxoyxQAh4

August 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/c0urtneyH

Never wish someone a "Happy Birthday" early. That's considered bad luck and its taken a bit more seriously than in other countries like the US.

August 20, 2018
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