Seymour Gris: Too much English in Berlin, Herr Spahn?



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Very Simple

Learn the German language or get the frak outta here. It's as simple as that when you want to live in my home country. As simple as that.
And no, you have absolutely no vote at all over this, as you are "only" a guest in my home country.

Max 174 days ago

Lazy expats

I don't agree with Spahns' underwear comment (a solution here would be private shower cabins), but I don't think his comments about English are extreme at all. Obviously if you are a tourist or in Berlin for a short stay (e.g. less than 6 months), it cannot be expected that you learn German. However, if you have been living permanently in Berlin for years I cannot understand how it has not been possible to learn German in that time. This is especially true of the numerous number of expats married to Germans, who are often unable to have a conversation with their spouse's own family! The whole world is expected to learn English and many of them do a good job at it. Yet only Anglo Saxons fail to gain fluency in foreign languages - and no you can't "speak a bit of French". I worked hard learning German and was fluent in 6 months (I had the advantage of being able to learn the whole day in a language school - I recognize people working full-time don't have the same amount of time available) and after that I was spending most of my time with Germans and fully integrated into society. Yet I think I still needed around 5 years to fully begin to understand the culture and mentality here; through daily interactions, German novels, films, media, etc. Those who don’t bother to learn German will never gain this insight.

RYAN KING 182 days ago


There's no reason for a waiter to not speak German in the German capital . That's not really asking a lot.

Arturo A Costantino 190 days ago

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