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You can be whoever you want to be

In Berlin you are free, you can be whoever you want to be. There are clearly less barriers and you’re at least given a chance to try out something new. There are not so many prewritten social conventions and many different ways of life are widely accepted. As you have...
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Building fences is not a solution

My name is Julia and, though I’m German, my husband keeps telling me that I’m more French since I was born on the “left side of Rhine river” in Palatinate. I lived in Berlin for five years and now I’m living in Brandenburg where you can still sense the differences...
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The concept of nation state needs an overhaul

There are certain realities in the world we just have to deal with. I don’t think there is any viable alternative to having pluralist diverse societies. ‘Multiculturalism’ is just a word, a word we place too much importance on. There is a heated debate in Germany on whether German society...
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Less discipline and more creativity

The general rule for all aspects of German society – Ordnung muss sein – shouldn’t be taken so seriously. Sometimes less discipline and more creativity ought to be considered. Just picture the life in Germany afterwards.
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Diversity has made me to the person I am

On my last birthday I received good wishes from Italy, Spain and Ireland. On the very same evening my friends who are from many different countries and cultures, who speak many different languages came over to visit. Friends from France, Finland, Poland, Italy, Israel, Kazakhstan and Estonia were there that...
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We are outspoken

People should be open to new experiences, make the best out of life, go explore new countries, learn new languages… But it is also important to be open towards other cultures and people that come to your home country. It is important to put yourself in somebody’s shoes and to...
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Cheering language learners

Have you ever experienced a culture shock? Actually, yes – in the US. I know the US is rather similar to Germany but despite that it is somehow different. The people are different… it is very superficial. I asked myself if I should say something at all about myself in a...
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So much to learn from

Living in a multicultural society can be amazing if one is open to it. Different traditions, customs, beliefs, understandings, taboos – so much to learn from and so many ways to enrich each other’s lives. Alan Alda once said, “Your assumptions are your windows to the world. Scrub them off...
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Right to live and think

My name is Mare. I’m from Estonia and I moved abroad about four years ago. If I think back, I even didn’t know then why I had to move – I just felt that it’s time to go. Don’t get me wrong: I do love my country and it will...
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I love Germany

I find Germany incredibly beautiful! Old town of Bonn, Potsdam, Berlin, Lübeck, Cologne, Hamburg… these places are amazing! It all started many years ago thanks to my friends who lived in Germany and I simply fell in love with the country. I have really loved every place I have ever...
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