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Just remember, any German you attempt should sound angry.

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Old 01-23-2019, 04:15 AM
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Ebay has new Rosetta Stone programs for German for under $50.

Worth it even for one trip - something to do on the flight over

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Old 01-23-2019, 04:35 AM
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I speak German at a near native level. It is not easy to learn and you will never get conversant or remotely functional by some online or 10 day DIY course. But you really don't need to either. The Munich airport probably functions more in English than German anyway. I don't remember talking to anyone in the few hours I spent in Regensburg two summers ago, but you are not going to understand a word any local says if they really speak like a local. You'll be fine in bars and restaurants. Most of the street vendors have photos on the wall for their menus. If you can get Augustinerbräu in Regensburg, that's the beer you want. You can't get it too far outside of Munich. It's the best beer in Germany.
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...but you are not going to understand a word any local says if they really speak like a local......
Lol, so true.

I present as American, it's the shoes.

But when I bust out the Swabisch the attitude and service change dramatically.

You don't learn the dialects in school, you speak Swabisch because you are born into it. They know you are a homie.
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If you can get Augustinerbräu in Regensburg, that's the beer you want. You can't get it too far outside of Munich. It's the best beer in Germany.
Lofty praise. I need to write that down for the next time I'm over there. Last time I had a hefeweisen called "Hirsch" IIRC that was really good (kind of like Franziskaner - I love that) and also Alpirsbacher. That was awesome, too.
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I would never ask, "do you speak English", because most everyone there does. After I stumbled through Ish bin eine tourist aus California, mein deutsch ist nicht gut (sp), I would always ask, "may I speak English". I found asking, "Do you speak English"? was at times insulting. A German friend told me that in his school, English is mandatory plus one other language. I would be happy if more schools in this country taught English.
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....A German friend told me that in his school, English is mandatory plus one other language....
Correct.

My mother is a polyglot.

Speaks 5 languages, 6 if you consider Latin a language.
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"may I speak English".


They prefer "Was ist das auf English bitte"

They like it if you at least try.

A couple of days ago there were a couple of gorgeous German girls on the beach and I said to them A beautiful day for the beach in German. They were in hysterics laughing and said Yes it is correct, but not really how you say it.
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I would never ask, "do you speak English", because most everyone there does. After I stumbled through Ish bin eine tourist aus California, mein deutsch ist nicht gut (sp), I would always ask, "may I speak English". I found asking, "Do you speak English"? was at times insulting. A German friend told me that in his school, English is mandatory plus one other language. I would be happy if more schools in this country taught English.
Most, but not everyone speaks English. We ran into a bartender that didn't speak English. Luckily "ein Bier, bitte" is pretty easy. We also found a restaurant open on a Sunday (that was not easy) and the guy who ran the place knew very little English. Interestingly, many Americans "look" German enough that they simply assume you are German and launch into some dialogue that is completely meaningless.
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Just remember, any German you attempt should sound angry.

https://youtu.be/NcxvQI88JRY
Romania is the same. I was beginning to learn basic Romanian, and could follow the technical talk. My boss was on one trip and asked why the Romgaz people were so angry. I had to explain how the guttural Slavic sounds angry.

As a side note, English sounds best spoken by a Beautiful slender Blond Parisian girl, with big boobs and about 23.
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Most, but not everyone speaks English. We ran into a bartender that didn't speak English. Luckily "ein Bier, bitte" is pretty easy. We also found a restaurant open on a Sunday (that was not easy) and the guy who ran the place knew very little English. Interestingly, many Americans "look" German enough that they simply assume you are German and launch into some dialogue that is completely meaningless.
I had something similar happen in Romania. Needed to check into a hotel with someone who spoke no English and I spoke ZERO Romanian at that time. But, she spoke French. We got the job done with my bad French.

I now speak 4 languages poorly...

UK English
French
Spanish
Romanian
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Thanks for the feedback guys. Sounds like I’ll be able to get by, and if we are going anywhere too local, we can just drag along our German coworker...

I wasn’t going to ask, but then I got to thinking about traveling through Barcelona an encoutnering a few folks who wanted to speak Spanish, and seeing the majority of signs in Spanish. My Spanish is rudimentary, but I got by.
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Germany is great. Have fun!
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Thanks for the feedback guys. Sounds like I’ll be able to get by, and if we are going anywhere too local, we can just drag along our German coworker...

I wasn’t going to ask, but then I got to thinking about traveling through Barcelona an encoutnering a few folks who wanted to speak Spanish, and seeing the majority of signs in Spanish. My Spanish is rudimentary, but I got by.
Screw that, speak English. You'll be forgive when you break one of the MANY MANY rules accidentally. We paid the wrong fare for a city train ticket once (like, 1 Euro difference, simple error). It was ME, the American who was visiting and spoke no English, and my wife (then girlfriend) who was an American who lived there and spoke German. She got in an argument with the ticket guy in German, who accused her of knowing better, yadda yadda, and popped us for a 50 Euro fine. If *I* had argued with him in English, as an American visitor, we would have walked away.


Therefore, speaking English is better than speaking German.
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popped us for a 50 Euro fine.
Oh you gotta play stupid American tourist on those things.
I think I only got my ticket checked/scanned once when I was there last year. I did a lot of regional trains too.
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I am reminded of the time I was in the Rome airport waiting to gather a group of Americans who were arriving on 2 or 3 flights from US cities. A frantic looking woman came up to me and said, “scussie, do you speak English?” I said, “No. I’m from Kentucky.”
She was about to miss her plane, you never saw anybody so relieved.
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Been to many cities throughout Germany.

Never, not once had a problem with speaking english.

Much much easier than in France.

Love both.
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