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Learn German - German Etiquette by TaNa-Jo Learn German - German Etiquette by TaNa-Jo

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Well I am surprised that this is unusual behaviour...for example....don't you say "Hello Dr. Schmidtz...." ???

WEIRD!

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:iconhyliabeilschmidt:
HyliaBeilschmidt Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015   Artist
For the good luck fist thing, is it a reference for "holding thumbs for luck"?
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TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yes xD :thumbsup: works also
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RabidLynx Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, this made me laugh because my mom makes the "okay" sign all the freaking time.
I better warn her if we ever go to Germany...
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TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
xD
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ZeroTheFireWolf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
I'm german, but I didn't know about the gesture thing... xDDD
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:icontana-jo:
TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it really is like that XD
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ZeroTheFireWolf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Holy crap that's crazy xDD
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:icontana-jo:
TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
jaaa XD
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ZeroTheFireWolf Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
hahaha xD Ist aber ein gutes Tutorial ;)
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TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke :D
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ZeroTheFireWolf Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Bitte:D (Big Grin)
(Es ist richtig komisch auf Deutsch zu schreiben... xDDDD)
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:icontana-jo:
TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
guck auf mein seite - ich kann auch deutsch haha XD

Ja XD
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Yorifia Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
I'm german and I have to say.. Yes that sonds familar X3
Some of the gestures I use without really thinking of it.. but now that I read about it.. Yeah.. familar :XD:

Even though I have to admit, that I never have kissed the cheeks of family or friends :D
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:icontana-jo:
TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hhehe^^
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WolfBandit-Maverick Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful! I want to go to germany sometime while I'm in high school with my dad so now i have to tell him not to do some of the stuff he always does.
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TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
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WolfBandit-Maverick Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
np
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:iconmiyurawindsong:
MiyuraWindsong Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Why is the "Okay" hand signal a rude gesture?
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:icontana-jo:
TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it says asshole..hmm i dont know XD
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:iconmiyurawindsong:
MiyuraWindsong Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Huh... strange, that's the same thing here in America, though actually, it all depends on the situation, or how the person interprets it.
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ChezzaVendana Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
well ... thanks. I'm from germany and weird! XD
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Shokamina Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the last part made me laugh because Im half german and whenever I ask someone whats the first word that comes into their mind when my name is brought but all they say is "weird" and now I get why im so weird! :XD: proud to be part german
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TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
XD and your name is...?
People always think I'm a foreigner cause of Tara xD it sounds not German. It's eastern, Russian or so :3
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Shokamina Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My name is Kate Schwarz and I know what your thinking "what? but doesn't Schwarz mean black in german?" but yah my last name is german because my father's side of the family is all germans Muajajaja..How funny..Onion  while my mom's family is japanese while my grandfather might just be british (born in maine) or german I don't knowbunneh icon17 . Yet no matter how many times I correct them everyone that knows the Schwarz family even close friends can't spell Schwarz right they keep putting a 't' in it.....onion sad  oh well it can't be helped!Onion Icon 
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TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hhahaha XD Errm but I think you can spell it correctly too :P You definetly have an accent :meow:

a t is correct :O Shvartz - thats the spelling :3

Haha my name would be shubert XD Like the musician
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Shokamina Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know its kinda the wrong spelling but thats how its spelled 'schwarz'! onion dance 
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TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No xD it's written like that it you speak z like ts or tß - you are wrong :p non German people can't just pronounce the sch correctly or the w. They speak the whole letters wrong. Terrible to listen haha xD always sounds like this if an English speaker says it shvairts lol 

In German we speak other than the word actually is written - I trust you can't speak it right? ;D 
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Shokamina Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope can't speak a single word of Germany except for yes and no...... it's sad...
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TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
then please dont correct other people XD Haha don't you have German at school? We have German, russian, french,english, latin and italian we must learn 5 of them ^^
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FrostBo Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely outstanding suggestion tutorial, congrats.
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TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks^^
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
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I'd love if you could come take a look and support your fellow tutorial writers through comments on their deviations :la:
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TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THANKS :O_o:
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anakure Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my God!!!

Really!!!! I can't belive the OK sign were obscene in Germany!
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TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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Estherhase Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
80% of all comments: Germans pointing out mistakes in the post. :D

By the way, my experiences differ somewhat from what is said here, too.
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Celvas Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Addressing a doctor: Not entirely correct. While Frau Doktor and Herr Doktor are indeed correct, people tend to just say "Doktor" without specifying the gender. Also, you should correct "Herr Dokter" to "Herr Doktor".

Hand shaking: Well, that's a bit strict, no? I usually shake hands when I am introducing myself to someone of higher status, or someone older. People my age I meet for the first time, who are friends of friends or some such, MAYBE I shake their hands the first time, but it can suffice to say hello. Hand shaking may ensue when you're introducing yourself individually to everyone inside a group, but if you're introduced by someone to everyone in one go it's usually not necessary.

Thumbs up is also used to signify encouragement. For example, when someone has to do a test or something and you give them the thumbs up, it's like saying "You can do it!" A thumbs up back from the receiver would then meen agreement.

When you do the "good luck gesture" (crossing fingers) it's common to also add: "Ich drück dir die Daumen." ("I'll keep my fingers crossed.")

The okay sign (Index finger/thumb circle) is widely used to say "Roger" or "Got it." or, you know, "Okay." It's only rude, even insulting, when used in tandem with the index finger of the other hand, implying "Sex." In a silent buddy-to-buddy exchange, it would be considered a funny gesture. But towards a woman, it is very rude.

The whistling thing, well, not so sure about that. A lot of people think that whistling is a form of applause. I was on a concert that went over real well with the audience. Clapping and whistling ensued, and the singer thought they were beeing booed at (the whistling) while the people in the audience doing the whistling thought they were applauding. Ah, well, to stay on the safe side, don't whistle. Just clap or don't.

Thumb between middle/index finger: I've never seen anyone do that one. I've lived all around Germany, but it could be a regional thing.

Facing palm downwards. That means the back of your hand is up. Scratching motion. Huh. I'd interpret that as "Go away." Palm upwards, fingers together, wiggling them forth and back, that would be "Come here." But both is kind of rude.

Erm. The knocking is more a university thing. Students do that. The better the performance, the less gentle the knocking.
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wolfofvalor16 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Note to self: if ever leaving the us to visit another country, beware of what gestures I use with my hands.

Also this is a great post, very informative!
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GallifreyanGeek Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
I think it's interesting that the "okay" (thumb touching index finger to form an 'o') is considered offensive :o I just recently learned how to scuba dive over the summer, and since we can't talk underwater we use the okay gesture to tell other divers everything is in check/as it should be XD
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Celvas Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
It's not considered offensive. Everybody knows that the O means "Okay, or "Gotcha", or "Understood." It only becomes offensive when you put the index finger of your other hand into that o and make a back and forth movement, which is a rude gesture for "Sex". Barring that, it's okay to make that sign, and people will know how to interpret it. On itself, it is not offensive.
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GallifreyanGeek Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Ohh okay I see. I think that'd go for almost every country. But thank you for clarifying :)
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TwoEye Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ok...wenn ich so lese komme ich mir echt verdammt komisch vor...aber trotzdem gut gemacht ;)
Aber ich werds mal morgen in der schule beobachten
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TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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MangaEngel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
"Never put your hands in your pockets during conversations"
When being formal, yes. When being with friends, it doesn't matter (I can hang upside down from my bed and no one would feel that I'm rude).

"Making hands into fists, pounding the surface means Good Luck"
Maybe I can't imagine how that is supposed to look, but I never heard of anything like this ô_o
I only know "Putting your thumbs into your fist while telling to 'Press thumbs' (Daumen drücken)". Or, when being casual, the soft slap on the upper back (or gender specific: the friendly hug between women and the bump on the upper arm or "hug" by putting a arm around the others shoulder between men).

"Don't do the ok sign"
Never use the ok sign in a formal conversation, as it is too casual.
Otherwise, that sign is PERFECTLY fine.

"Asking some to come by having the palm face down with a scratching motion"
Sorry, I saw that a thousand times in Japan and had a very hard time to get used to that, as the people where I live have the palm face upwards with flattening the fingers and then moving them to a 90° degree repeatedly.

"Waving the hand back and forth with palm up means no"
I guess, I imagine it wrong again, but I only know the version of having the hello-wave being the no-wave in such context. The palm towards the face is a sign for "that person is insane" or "it's very hot/dangerous". The palm down is something I see almost never and I would interpret it - depending on the context - as a sign of pain, cold or "that person is retarded". Having the palm up would be only the begging movement, if the fingers remain passive.


And I promise you, I am born in Germany, grew up in Germany and still are in Germany. I even researched body language for two terms where I had to compare it with other countries.
It might of course be a thing of the region (like, the people in the south do this while the people in the north do that). But then it should be left out, as this picture claims to have GERMAN behaviour, thus claiming to be about behaviour you find everywhere.

I am not critizing though and like the idea.
It's just that I feel pretty weird, as I would definitly disagree with some of those body language things, because I know no one (german) who actually does it like described or at least with that meaning in mind.
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TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ja....bloß manchmal triffts zu...es sind zum teil auch dinge die man berücksichtigen sollte, wenn man geschäftlich zu tun hat
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MangaEngel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Klar, aber ich denke, dass auch in den USA und in Frankreich die Hände aus den Taschen genommen werden, wenn man ein geschäftliches Gespräch führt xD
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TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
mmmh...nicht immer
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Nanashi-Higashi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
also ich will ja jetzt nich einfach reinplatzen (auch wenn ichs tu), aber in den USA sagt dir jeder lehrer das dich niemand nimmt wenn dus tust und das es voll assi is die haende in den hosentaschen zu lassen und im pajama rumzurennen...und gott starren die einen bloed an wenn man ihnen den vogel zeigt
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Heatherinthewoods Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

very weird!!!

(in a good way)

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TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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