As a German myself, Killjoy doesn't sound German. Her voiceouts like "Auf Wiedersehen" sound like a native English speaker trying to say it in German.
My dad is really big into history, so we got him an ancestry.com profile or whatever for his birthday. As far as we knew he is 100% German. Our last name is extremely German sounding, but extremely unique, I have never heard it before anywhere else and Google shows it didn't show up anywhere in records until the 1940s mostly in the US and a little in Germany.
We follow the little tree and get to his grandma's sister who my dad says he barely knew and never talked to. Her last name was Winkleman. He vaugly remembers his mother hating that last name and hating that her aunt kept it, he assumed that, due to the name, maybe she was a little bit anti-semitic. Winkleman is a very Jewish sounding name. My dad gets a little excited at this because he's a big WWII buff and now we have traced our ancestry back to Germany around WWII with probably Jewish relatives. He's thinking maybe they changed their name and moved to the US to escape the Nazis. Maybe some died and we could trace them to dea... keep reading on reddit ➡
I am myself mo German, but native German speaker, and I often encountered people who tend to be quite hostile against Germans. Also some Slavic friends of mine, arguing that Germans are oppressive and expansive by nature and very rude, unfriendly and humor-less (I fall out of the scheme according to them) although my experience with Germans is very different and I also know that history is far more complex. But often I met many people who still have the WWII image of Germans although a ton has changed the last 70 years...
How deep does this still run in Europe?
The comment section on the internet is hilarious.
"But why? Women have everything? They get maternity leave, child care etc and they still don't want more children?"
"Yeah, sure but immigrants have like 10 kids - the Germans are getting instinct in 20 years!" (Info: women with a migration background have a birth rate of 2,06 per woman, which is also decreasing)
"This is what happens if you give women a better education! They refuse to give birth!"
"They just care about themselves and don't want a family! There are selfish!"
"All these feminist b*tches are brainwashed. They think their life is hard and they would rather get a walk-in wardrobe than a children's room!"
"More singles, fewer marriages and fewer children! Omg, Germany, what happened?"
I had fun reading this. Obviously we are brainwashed and not allowed to have an education 😁
Edit: omg! I haven't thought that this is going to be popular. Thanks for sharing your stories and your opinions on this topic!
And similarly: for Germans who have spent time living abroad, what did you appreciate most about your new country, and which aspects of Germany did you find yourself missing?
I’m an American who lived in Berlin for a year. I really love where I’m from (the northeastern US) and I found myself missing certain things about home more than others: Buffalo-style chicken wings, the ease of parking and owning a car, barbecue food, and (probably controversially) the culture of small talk / “Hey how’s it going?” with random strangers
On the flip side, I’ve found myself really missing certain aspects of German culture and life lately. For starters...the culture around bread and bakeries in Germany is absolutely astonishing, and I haven’t been able to view bread the same way since returning to the United States. Seriously blows our stuff out of the water, even in most large American cities. I actually miss the bluntness/straightforwardness of Germans, even though it was a bit tough to adjus... keep reading on reddit ➡
I am native German and recently came across some interesting fact, even translators sometimes struggle with, although it is really simple. So I want to share it:
In English the (healthy) human body has two lungs. One left lung and one right lung. Together you call them "lungs" (plural).
Whereas in German the healthy human body has "eine Lunge" consisting of "den rechten Lungenflügel" und "den linken Lungenflügel".
So the correct translation for "die Lunge" is "the lungs" and the correct translation for "a lung" is "ein Lungenflügel".
Thank you for your interest.
Schönen Tag euch noch.