Meet the Germans Live with Rachel Stewart | Summer Edition

Meet the Germans Live with Rachel Stewart | Summer Edition

It’s time for another LIVE session with Meet the Germans host Rachel! The theme this time round is summer and holidays in Germany 🏖️ So grab your beach towel and a cold beverage and join her!

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  1. the thing with you pronouncing Joghurt and Jogging the same, even though you shouldn't is (to my experience): whenever we take over a word or talk about something that has an origin from another country, we try and pronounce it as close as it is possible to the original sound (like Baguette, Hypothek, Rugby), mostly we don't try to germanize it. i usually experience exactly the opposite with english speakers (mainly americans) whenever they try and say a german name or word and use the english version of it. (example: they would pronounce the name Michael like this: Mike-al (english pronounciation) and not Me-cha-ale (try to pronounce this in english as well and you are most likely to be close to the german pronounciation). the problem is: they wouldn't even try. But we germans wouldn't go as far as calling Harry potter -> Harald Töpfer (just a plain translation of the name to the german counterpart)

    edit: funny false Friends: Who? -> Wo? / Where? -> Wer?

  2. 45:43 your "easier" does sound German here lol. I was not in the live (obviously) but I loved the money video one and the one about women/feminism, also your rap was great!

  3. Yes, you're British, and I realize that's what you do over there, but after all these years here in the US it does sound a bit funny that you keep talking about holidays and summer in the same breath. Here in the US they'd say holidays are Thanksgiving and Christmas. Summer is for vacations. And holiday stuff you might have on the cabinet behind you would be candles, santas, or a moose 🙂

    Also, in 28 years of growing up in Germany I've never once been stopped for crossing at a red pedestrian signal, which we did all the time. Here in the Chicago within weeks I was stopped by cops both for jaywalking (crossing in the middle of the block instead of at a signal), and for scootering with my bike on the sidewalk (slowly, so as not to bother or endanger anyone!). Experiences differ…

  4. It was in Germany that I first came across the concept of Monday manufactured (hang over) and Friday afternoon (mind on the weekend and not the work) manufactured to explain why something does not work as expected.

  5. Milk is different in Germany to the normal British pinta – pasteurized milk. Water is also very different and that effects the taste of tea and coffee. Tin milk (Dosenmilch – condensed milk) used in coffee and sometimes in tea.

  6. In Jaisalmer, Rajasthan one man, a clerk, thought I was German and spoke to me in German. I answered him in German and discovered that his self-taught German was excellent. He continued to speak to me in German every time he spotted me on my trek around the city. This confused the Canadian couple who I was guiding to the shopping area outside of the walled city as he spoke to them in fluent English.

  7. Many Germans born in the 30s and 40s learnt English from contact with American and British Forces stationed in Germany. My Onkel was banned from English classes at school because he was correcting his teacher ALL the time. English was taught in German schools in the 50s. My mother in 1949-52 learned English at the PX and then NAAFI where she worked. Even my grandmother leant English and all before my mother met my father. It certainly wasn't universal. My two uncles and grandmother, with no education in English, spoke and read better English than my cousins, who had English lessons at school, That is until one of them flew helicopters and his English had to improve.

    A close school friend of my mother never picked up English and my Onkel's wife who did learn English at school only ever spoke a couple of sentences to me in English. A reluctance to speak the foreign language is usual. My mother's school friend had a son the same age as myself. We played together as kids. I was introduced to a number of his schools friends. When they parted they spoke English. They liked to practise their English between themselves but were too shy to speak it to me – that was in 1966. Yes I spent the summer of 66 in Germany with my parents in England for most of the time having gone over with my grandmother.

  8. 27:58 oh yes the tea defo tastes differently. I've never liked German tea, but English tea, so I used to export it to bridge that time in Germany. It usually took up half of my bag. On the way back I've imported Weizenbier (wheat beer) as the only place one could get it was at Harrods at a price bankrupting one. Nowadays that all has changed one could get real good English tea in Germany and Weizenbier at the supermarket.

  9. part of the reason why germans dont cross the road on a red light is because kids might be watching and you dont want to set a bad example for this less cautious demographic.
    as a german i first have a look around to check whether kids are nearby before i cross on a red