Seymour Gris: "You guys ready to order?"




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ARI more than 8 years ago

Angry Fritz

Some Germans are still pissed they didn't win the war, so we'd all be speaking German. This talk about "disrespect" to the country you live in is stupid and narrow-minded, as we are living in what is supposedly a metropole.

If the Germans complaining had respect for a living in a Global society, they'd get with the program, like the German companies (yeah, the official language of Daimler-Benz is now English)

Chris Watt more than 8 years ago

Not me!

I dont know who wrote that comment (and ive only jut noticed this blog is a year old) but it aint from me! Fucking weird, Jacob Sweetman

sweetman more than 8 years ago

yolanta tv, are you crazy?

your comment totally lacks of respect to german people.

did you know that german is most spoken native language in europe?

a lot of german friends of mine speak super-fluent english and many times other languages.
If you hate the Germans, then move to another country...

fede more than 8 years ago

German vs English

I used to work at White Trash and I never had a German complain about me speaking English, that said I once had a German say to me 'It's ignorant to not learn the language of the country you live in' I agree with this statement and feel you shouldn't depend on getting an English speaking job so as to become complacent when it comes to learning German. When In Rome...........

Danielle-Marie Shillingford more than 8 years ago

Berliners are awesome

If you expect English go to McDonalds and eat, I think Berliners are awesome, their English is excellent. All tourists should respect the country they are in and their language - it's not that hard to learn the words- please, thanks, 1 more, beer etc. Don't bother reading Yolanda TV's rant it's completely wrong. Your language is part of your cultural identity and that is what makes this place special. The article is fair, if you have a talent or passion for Gastro not speaking English shouldn't be an issue. Some tourists should stay home, order McDonalds and get the DVD instead.

AussieLuke more than 9 years ago

@Yolanda TV

bloody hell, basically you speak a hundred languages, are always polite, work like a demon and have still got enough time on yer hands to rant that out. Well done all round, shame you sound like a nightmare.

Sweetman more than 10 years ago

English in restaurants

I'm with ya, Seymour!

abiquiu more than 10 years ago

tables and language...

Germans are up their own arses.

I have some cool german friends, but, fact is, none of them speak any foreign languages... and, if they do, they are really not all that good.
I am often met with a "Vot yoo say"? when I can;t go on in German and use an english word.

They ought to take a look at the Dutch, who, uncool as they are, at least OFTEN speak foreign languages... and... in most restaurants you can just place your order in english. Busdrivers are able to give to you directions, the police ALL HAVE TO SPEAK english and so do ALL municipal employees.

The emphasis of communication with the world outside is very strong... unlike Germany where the country is so used to look inward, rather than outward.

It starts with the media... all books are being translated for the german market... all films dubbed... and... they even believe they are cool by singing in german, but the truth is, they just can't write decent lyrics in english and disguise it by deluding themselves into thinking german is cool.

I reckon germans are not ready to open up... not ready to face up to the fact that this linguistic censorship is a remnant from the 2nd world war where everything got dubbed just so that nothing that was anti NS would seep in.

As for catering in general (called GASTRO in german), germans don't believe in a lot of things... they don't believe in bus-boys, don't believe in clean tables, nor do they believe in service as a concept and often dismiss it as american and oppressive or invasive (yeah, the jokes about the friendly american waiters/waitresses are countless, however much stereotypical...
When something is not on the menu, you can wait until hell freezes over before someone has the nouse to go out there and make whatever it is the customer wants... I call it good businessmanship... entrepreneurship... businessmindedness... after all, you are a business and want to generate money and satisfy customers so that they come back? But no... this is really often not the case... and... much to my annoyance, I often get the feeling that germans are too dumb to run businesses and they feel to good to serve customers...

But... nobody is forced to work in catering... so... if you don't have the personality to do so or the skills... please don't... nobody wants a cunty waiter or waitress who takes 20 minutes to bring drinks and then teeters off into the kitchen with one dirty glass and left all the used tables unwiped and full of stuff...

I used to be a waiter and it was a really hard slog... I loved it... I liked most of m customers and the ones I didn't like, well, there's always going to be some of them... but... I made good tips... my tables were spotless (and I really had huge sections, and none of that three tables-stuff people often have here...)... my hands were NEVER empty... and there was always something to do... and not one minute did I ever find my job demeaning or humiliating... and I tell you something I really do appreciate good service..

Yolanda TV more than 10 years ago


It's hard to find good German wait staff who are friendly, flexible and English-speaking.

Totally true. I speak fluent German but have no problem being addressed in English by someone who isn't resenting the fact that I'm ordering, like so many of this city's waiters and waitresses seem to.

mallly more than 10 years ago


No one complains if a waiter in an Italian restaurant greets them with a cheery "buona sera", right?

Änne more than 10 years ago

it's not the English,

but the English ONLY that would be a problem. But it's not, in my experience. I've always gotten what I wanted in German, and what's wrong with English in a restaurant that's so definitely American as the Bird? Another non-problem as long as people take communication for what it is - the attempt to find a common ground, in whatever language.

Änne more than 10 years ago

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