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It is very important for a stranger to be accepted in German society.
Study the following rules, use your intuition, think of all the good things
you were taught in your childhood, and good luck!
- Be on time (at least do your best not to be late).
- Take off your shoes at the front door.
- Bring a bottle of wine or a bunch of flowers for the hostess.
- Use "du" when talking to children up to the age of 14.
- Use "Sie" addressing any other person over 14.
- You should apply "Herr" or "Frau" together with
the person's surname instead of using his/her first name (using of first
name is also accepted, provided you are friends with the addressed person).
- Do not hurry while eating.
- Do not speak bad about Bundesliga.
- Do not comment on overall German unfriendliness.
- While on a visit, take care not to break any family rules (or china).
- You are allowed an "academic quarter" which means you can
arrive up to a quarter of an hour late to be still within the limits.
- Unwrap the flowers before presenting the hostess with them, unless
they're nicely bound in cellophane.
- Avoid using "Fraulein" even if you know the woman is not