November 26, 2006 10:22am CST
I will be moving to Germany soon and would like to know anything you can tell me about it.
8 Dec 06
It's not really correct, that "most people speak English". It's trut that we have a lot of anglicisms in Germany and most of the people do speak English a little bit. -Enough to explain the way to the station or to tell you were the next shop is. Maybe even enough to have a conversation, but that doesn't mean their English is good. It certainly depends on the peoples backgrounds and of course many Germans speak English (I do ;)), but if you really get along here (esspecially if you want to live here) you should at least try to learn some German. I know it's hard to learn, but if you live here you will have to visit a duty one day and I can't guarantee that the people there will fully understand you.
5 Dec 06
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