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Excuse Me

Interestingly, there is no commonly used work for "Excuse me" here. Anywhere else, if you bump into someone, cut in front of them, or generally get in their way, even if its to ask directions, you'd say "Excuse me / permisso / sumimasen / Izvinyitza " or whatever.

Not so in Germany, which I expect explains rumors of German rudeness abroad. It's just not the custom. It's funny how put off that can make me feel, too - until I remember it's me that's out of place. Also me that's broadcasting my foreign-ness when, by instinct, I say "excuse me" anyway.

My German is super limited (fortunately I have a translator along...) and other than please, thank you, and "Captain, I have found a dead bird under my pillow" - I'm mostly at a loss. This of course makes me a typical American in the eyes of people who I interact with, since Spanish, Italian, Latin, Arabic, Russian or Japanese never come into play - and all of which I speak more of than German to one degree or another.

I'll have to learn how to say "Out of my way, filthy Turk!"

Then at least, they won't think I'm an ignorant American. Just a very rude one.


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Oct. 16th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
Huh. Upon entering the country, and beginning my cultural immersion course, I was taught that either "Es tut mir leid" or "Entschuldigen Sie bitte" were to be used as "Excuse me."

Maybe it's a regional thing - I was in Bavaria. Regardless, I'm SO JEALOUS you're in Germany. I loved it there & would move there for good.
Oct. 16th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
Oh those words exist... it's just that no one uses them.
Oct. 16th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
Crap. I used them all the time, in an attempt to fit in, and promptly must have stuck out because I was using them. :P~

Ooh, did you buy any Kinder Eggs yet? I love those toys in the eggs.
Oct. 16th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
I'm totallz cursed when it comes to those eggs! I got one last time I was in Germany, and brought it home... and it turns out there wasn't a kid in that egg at all!

wokka wokka wokka! No, reallz what happened was raccoons broke into my house and ate the egg before I did. So I got another one... and on the waz home from the market, it shattered. I still salvaged the toy, but still... my luck with those things is pretty limited.
Oct. 16th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
I see you found the y key...
Oct. 16th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
zes I did. :)
Oct. 16th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
It's like you are in a whole different Germany than the one I used to go to. Where did all the rude people come from?? Is that new?

Have a cookie and just ignore them.

It does sound as if you are having an otherwise very nice time?
Oct. 16th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
The nice Germans live in Austria.

Make sure you buy yourself some Apfelkorn and Feigling and get really drunk :p
Oct. 18th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
*crows* I am so loving that you're there! I want to see all the pictures... -K
Oct. 18th, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
Despite my camera dying, I've taken lots of pictures. Will post when pozzible.
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