The Germans

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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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Ali for (and from) Germany

In the wake of Germany’s World Cup victory, much has been said about a renewed sense of German patriotism and its implications. While some have feared a connection to Germany’s dark past, others have welcomed the discourse as a chance to shape a new sense of belonging within the country’s...
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It takes two to tango

Has multiculturalism failed in Germany? To a certain degree. Immigrants from European countries have no problems fitting in, in my opinion. There are, however, many people, often with muslim background, who live her since ages, but are not able to speak a word of German and are not willing to integrate....
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It does not work

Has multicultural society failed in Germany? Yes and it is OK so. Germany is already overcrowded and many immigrants refuse to integrate and accept our values!!! They also cost a lot of money for the social system here…  Sometimes it just does not work…  
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It’s not enough to say I’m sorry

I think it’s very important that we strengthen mutual understanding in our society and that we really work together to make things better! The problem we’re facing right now is fundamentalism. In my opinion its roots are also socioeconomic. It has a lot to do with failed opportunities to foster...
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Absolutely enriching

Positive aspects of multiculturalism stay more and more in the background and public debates concentrate predominantly on immigration, its economic advantages and disadvantages and movements against foreign influences. In the light of that, I think that one should talk more about multiculturalism in our society, especially about the advantages multiculturalism brings...
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A lot depends on the sense of taste

My name is Anatolij Pickmann, I was born in Odessa, Ukraine, and currently live in Berlin. I am a professional freelance illustrator since 2009; usually do various illustrations and drawings for German and international PR companies. I came to Germany when I was 14 years, actually I did not have...
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Entrepreneurial spirit

We are Tanja and Tanja – very easy to remember. But it is Tanja with a J., not Tanya or Tania. Tanja and I met during a trade show in Hamburg in 2013. We started talking, and it somehow felt as if we had known each other for years. It...
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Ignore the differences

I am a war veteran and have seen genocides and other atrocities… This burdens me a lot and I simply do not understand why people are discriminated based on their origin, treated differently based on their culture or different eating habits or even different taste of music… I cannot comprehend...
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Berliner by choice

Hi there! My name is Max, I’m a “Wahl Berliner” (Berliner by choice – ed.) since 2007. Probably the easiest way to describe myself is to say that I am German with international background. I was born and raised in a German family, in a small Asian country Kyrgyzstan. Now...
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Priceless experiences and reasons to stay

I’ve learned from my experience that the earlier you start taking an interest in the local culture and participating in local life, the easier the integration process is. In a way you have to let this new culture in, to be open to it. Maybe the integration process doesn’t necessarily...
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Colorful cultural identities

My name is Christina Jankowski and I have a German and a Swiss passport. My background is a bit more colourful though, as my grandparents come from four different countries: France, Germany, Poland and Switzerland. Moreover, my boyfriend is Argentinian and we speak mostly Spanish together. Do you feel German?...
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German or Kenyan? Both!

My name is Sella and I am German and Kenyan, my mom is German and my dad is Kenyan. I am a journalist. I was actually born in Cologne, I am a Kölsche Mädchen (laughing – ed.), but I only lived here until I was 6 years old. My parents...
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