Indirekte Fragen — Taking the Directness out of German

Many of you may have recently seen a picture circulating around the web recently that graphically represents stereotypes of European languages and cultures. Austrian speak German, as do the Swiss, Liechtensteiners and South Tyrolleans (Südtirol). That said, the way these cultures and languages communicate is different. In the graphic German is represented as a straight to the point line.

An intercutrural issue often experienced by English speakers working with Germans is that they find them very direct. Even the Swiss and Austrians find Germans quite direct (Don’t use “Ich bekomme einen Kaffee.” in Zurich, if you don’t want a lecture on politeness).

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