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German Culture Class

27/07/2017 - 11:12-2 Comments by | china flag

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I have German culture classes from 6:30 to 8:00 in the evening at an institute in Beijing. I attend these classes out of interest and the will to learn a little something that I hadn’t known before. I certainly don’t expect to learn the “real” German culture by attending these classes because I think that is something one can really apprehend only when immersed amongst the people and country.

The teacher tells us about a different aspect of the country in every class. So far, we have talked about German food and drinks, sports, universities and brands. There are also a lot of activities, i.e. games, movies and BBQ outings.

Lesson on German Food

Lesson on German Food

This is where I learnt about the love that Germans have for potatoes, which is exactly inline with the love that I have for potatoes! So food is definitely not going to be an issue. Haha 🙂 I also learnt that in Germany, there is a growing trend for vegetarian food.

Haribo Goldbären

Haribo Goldbären gummy bear

 

All ingredients on juice bottles, milk packs, cookies, chips, and whatever not, are in German only. I don’t know why I was most surprised upon knowing this, considering how much it makes sense. I guess I had thought that with Germany being one of the major destination for international students to pursue higher education, most things would be in English. Despite the fact that, things may be a little hard for me at the start, I do appreciate that in Germany the local language is most prevalent.

Something very useful I learnt is that Germans are very serious about their time. If you have an appointment, casual or otherwise, never arrive late and it would be best to arrive 10 minutes ahead of time. I respect appointment times as well, but from where I come from, appointments barely happen on time and a delay of 15 to 30 minutes is norm. So a reminder that this is not the way Germans roll is a good heads up.

Activities in German culture class

The class timings happen to come at a point in my day where I am just pretty exhausted from the entire day’s work, and therefore sometimes I can’t make it to class, which is unfortunate as I don’t want to miss out on any of the fun activities or lessons.

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2 Comments

    Wonderful!

    Comment by charmingdateHor created 02/11/2017 - 12:32

      Thank you! 🙂

      Comment by Rumeng created 02/11/2017 - 16:19

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