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I'm working on a written project that needs to include a significant section about German culture, with things ranging from personal relationships to families to sibling bonds to work ethics and so on.

The internet's vast and full of stereotypes and I don't know where to start looking that's a trustworthy source. 

Can anyone help?


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Journal Entry: Wed Apr 2, 2014, 8:28 AM
  • Mood: Lazy
  • Reading: The Definitive Book On Body Language
  • Playing: Pokemon Y
  • Drinking: Cappuccino
Hey, everybody! I was wondering, does anyone have Keldeo, Victini, Jirachi, Genesect or Arceus? These are event Pokemon, and since I missed all those events, I cannot register them in my Pokedex in Pokemon Y without help.

If it's alright, can someone help me by trading any of them to me and back again? I don't need to keep them, but I want their data and designs on my Pokedex. 

If you're missing a Celebi, Meleotta, Mewtwo, Yveltal, Xerneas, or Zygarde , those can be the ones I put up in the trade so you can fill your Dex as well.

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D-Thessy Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Thanks for the fav :D
Elbytron Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh no I missed your birthday I'm so sorry HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY

I saw your request about Germany and german culture (and the irritatingly rude replies you got from some people). Since I'm a German feel free to ask anything! I'm from East Germany but I lived in the West for a couple of years so I know some of the diffrences, I'm no expert by any means though!

The seperation we had until '89 is still a big topic here in Germany (less in my generation than in my parent's though). German people are said to be very punctual, which is true. I've been talking to a girl from Rome (Italy) and she was baffled that when it's written at the station that the bus will arrive at 8:14 it WILL arrive at 8:14 or 8:15. In rome the public transport is very unreliable, you never know if your tram comes and when, it's sort of a gamble. I don't know if that's an issue in other countries.

Some typical German things other than our beer culture are "Kleingartenvereine". You can think of them as neighborhoods in the suburbs but instead of houses there are only gardens with little sheds. I heard some tourists from the US being shocked when they saw them, they thought this was some sort of ghetto XD actually those are little pieces of land that you can rent or buy if you live in the city and don't have a garden by your apartment. The people go there to plant crops or flowers, have barbecues or simply hang out in the green. It was considered very old fashioned and frumpy but it has a rise with current generation of young parents and their awareness of sustainability and ecology again.
The trend goes away from convenience and towards self-grown, ecological, organic bio products. More in the higher educated layers of society than in the lower. The gap between rich and poor is getting bigger, like everywhere.

Currently East and South Germany (Saxony, Bavaria, Brandenburg) have a problem with the rise of crystal meth coming from east europe and you can feel drug related criminality increasing, which is a damn shame. I am currently moving back to Leipzig and it was very important for me to get an apartment which is not on the ground floor, because there it's a rough plaster. (I still love that town to death, it's my hometown :) )

Despite our nazi background and the constant awareness and self-shaming about it (the biggest reason germans are uncomfortable to show their flag, the only exception being the Fifa World Cup) there are still many subtile racism issues. In my experience it's worse in the East than in the West. This goes from both sides and I'm getting mad when I see honest people trying to make a living here and working hard put in the same boat as lazy bums who come here to drain our social system and get a health care for their whole family (those are bad examples but they do exist and only further cement the prejudice in the heads of the people).

Right now a big issue is the migration inside of Germany. People move away from the countryside and into the big cities. A former roommate of me went to Berlin because of work and the rent prices are exploding there, it's hard to find a place to live that's affordable. It's the same in Munich (I have friends who moved down there and have to travel an hour to work every day because it's impossible to find something close to the center unless you're filthy rich.) It's not as bad as London or Paris but right now it's getting worse.
Meanwhile the countryside is getting emptier. Old people stay and grow older, the young move to the city. They have a shortage of doctors out there since it's not an attractive area to work, you don't earn too much and when they're doing house visits they have to cover a lot of space, the waiting lists of patients are long. There are adverts in the trains and print media trying to get young med student to consider moving to the countryside and even some tv-shows in public television like "Der Landarzt" (the country doctor) showing how oh-so-romantic it is out there lmao.

Yeah those are just some random things that came into my mind, I hope it helped a bit.
sarroora Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist

AH THANK YOU HOW NICE OF YOU!:rose: :rose: :rose:

Me and a couple of friends were talking about writing fiction, and I theorized that when a person creates a whole new universe or non-existent country to write their story, she will automatically write the characters based on her culture and background.

But what do you do if you live in one country and want to write a story that has people from other countries? That’s where it gets tricky! What might be normal in my country Egypt might not be as normal in Germany for example, especially human interactions. In some countries, people greet each other by hugging while in some countries it’s just a handshake, etc.

Hehe, the public transportation here is unreliable, because the traffic is unbelievable! Very crowded and chaotic.

You say that there is still some racism, more in the East than West? But who is it against exactly? Western Germans or non-Germans in general?

Here in Egypt we also have a various serious migration problem. People are also leaving the countryside and other small cities and come to Cairo, so Cairo now is unbelievably crowded and also polluted. On a good day it takes me about 40 minutes to reach my work and I’m considered lucky. Did you know some of my friends spend around 5 hours going to and from work daily? This gives you an idea about the traffic. Also, real estate prices here are inflating more every day. Seems it’s a worldwide thing, but I believe prices of homes in Egypt are considered cheaper compared to Europe.

You’re kidding!! German medicine is known around the world as one of the best! And yet it doesn’t earn well and people don’t want to practice it?! How come?

Elbytron Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good point!

I can't shake the feeling that you plan on doing something Fullmetal Alchemist-ish, hmmmm

Now that you talk about greetings: Germans are not very touchy people, a handshake is usually the way to go or simply wave if it's less formal. Very close friends do hug and do that kissy thing the french do (you know, when you press your cheeks against each other and sorta kiss in the air) but that's more of a "teen girls tying to be cool"-thing, haha XD
I actually "learned" touchyness and hugging and public displays of affection from friends who have turkish and iranian parents. It's just not that common here :shrug: Of course it depends on how close the people are with each other and the situation too. I hug my mother all the time!
Germans like their personal space but they're not that cold, haha.

Haha here it's considered offensive if someone doesn't keep their distance and drives very close to your car, hassling you to drive faster XD It's called "drängeln" and if the police catches you doing it you actually have to pay a fee. I've seen traffic in Italy, it's pure chaos. In Germany it can be a little crowded sometimes or hectic, especially when there's a building site but in general we take the rules very serious. There are many controls and the infrastructure is alright, you don't have to fight for your spot on the street. Since germans are usually punctual they know when to leave to arrive on time without having to drive like a berserker XD There are exceptions of course. Parking is a diffrent story. In some cities it's very hard to find a parking spot and the parking houses and garages in the city are very expensive (I've seen some around 2€ per hour) so you tend to get a little creative there. Too bad they control that too. Like crazy. I guess it's easy money. In my experience the controls are more frequent in the east than in the west, maybe due to the stronger economy the west doesn't need as much tax money, Idk.

Nah there is no racism between East and West. There are some stereotypes, mostly because of the dialects (like all bavarians wear leather pants, all people from saxony are dumb because our dialect sounds a little... uhm, well XD, all people from Berlin are hipsters or antisocials and so on) and a small conflict since there's still an income gap (you earn more in the wast for the same work than in the east) and the economically stronger Bundesländer pay a so called Länderfinanzausgleich. Think of it as money that should help to rebuild the east. Back when it was still the German Democratic Republic the Russians pretty much destroyed the economy there, they took private enterprises and turned them into state companies and drained what they could from the country. Meanwhile the west with the Americans, French and English was blossoming. Since this still affects us even after 25 years those payments are made, with the goal to get a balanced, somewhat equally solid Germany one day. Of course the ones having to pay are not too happy about it.

The racism in Germany is mostly against muslims. There are demonstrations when it's discussed if a mosque should be built and many people have prejudice.
That's probably because of the construction boom in the 90s. Workers were desperately needed and many came from turkey. Those people were mostly muscle, not exactly the smartest and most willing to learn the language. In the heads of many germans the "dumb, violent and self righteous" turk is still a thing. Of course there are those people but I'd say they're in the minority. In West germany the integration is good (which it should be if you consider there are people from turkey living here in the 3rd generation! They're more german than turkish!), due to the weaker economy and worse perspective the people coming to the east are often not here to work, many are lazy and don't bother to become a part of society, they form their little subcultures among each other, which is frowned upon by the natives.
The worst integrated are the Taiwanese/Vietnamese though, but they're such a small minority that it doesn't have much weight (except in the organized criminality, they got one hell of a mafia).
Then there are also the Roma. I haven't made a single experience with a Roma that was not negative. I don't want to generalize but as far as I can tell they are very unpleasant people.
We don't really have many black people here :shrug:
Then there are also many east europeans living here: russians, polish, bulgarian, albanese... If you ask me the russian mafia is a far bigger problem than any mosque :/

Of course not all migrants are criminal! I didn't mean to say that! Those are stereotypes but like always there's some truth in them.

FIVE HOURS?! BUT THEN THE DAY IS OVER! When do they sleep, eat, live? D:
They may be cheaper but If the income is lower it sets everything in relation :/

It's not like they don't want to practive it XD They just don't want to do it in the countryside ;)
sarroora Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist

I'm very sorry for replying so late! I was hardly at home during those past days.

You are right I am a HUGE Fullmetal Alchemist fan:D:D Are you too?

In Egypt friends also greet by hugging and doing the kissy thing as you put itXXD. People meeting for the 1st time will shake hands or simply wave.

When the streets are congested as they are here, cars will definitely be only a few centimeters away from each other, and there's nothing you can do about it no matter how uncomfortable it makes you feel. I hate to say this…but streets can be so unpredictable you may arrive late to an appointment even if you leave home early. As for the parking…the way people park is actually THE main reason Cairo's streets are so congested. The lack of good parking space (free OR paid) and lenient laws makes people park anywhere they want, so of course you can imagine how well that goes.

Actually, I think what your leaders and ministers are doing is excellent on the long term. They really care to unite Germany one day. It must be not fun that people living on the west side of Germany have to pay up more for improving the east's standard of living (did I understand this right?) but they're doing this because that is the only way both halves will be equal one day, without drowning in debt to other countries!

There's racism against Muslims? That's terrible. The immigrants that came to the country though –this seems to be a clash of priorities and culture rather than religion.

As for me friends who do nothing but work and sleep, yes you're right. They want to change their work of course, but it's not easy because unemployement is high, and pay is terrible. You are right; houses are cheaper when compared to European prices, but of course they're unaffordable by people's standards here.

What is the average amount of working time in Germany? And how far away is work, normally? Is working in the countryside not popular because there aren't as many facilities?

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