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  1. Im happy because I just spent the past 3 hours Googling how to avoid getting pick pocketed on my trip to Germany, growing more and more paranoid, then quickly realized I spent the past 5 years living in the city of crime and never had anything stolen once. I can go to sleep relaxed and confident now.


  2. Americans are usually those with hoodies/sweatshirts, shorts or jeans, Jansport/Eastsport backpack, conservative eyeglass styles, and sneakers/tennis shoes (the name brand kind actually worn for sports, like Brooks, Asics, etc not the so-called "sports fashion" stuff they do here with Puma and Adidas). ...

    Hipster-ism is popular here just as it is in NYC, so I wouldn't worry too much about what you wear. I don't see many differences with big U.S. cities... if you were from elsewhere I'd probably say don't wear old sweatpants and baggy t-shirts (etc) to go out. I lived in Southwest Virginia for a few years and it was totally acceptable to look like you rolled out of bed for everything. OTOH if you can pull off the hipster look in sweats, go for it.

    Oh, H&M and such do not carry exactly the same styles everywhere - in fact, when I was last in the Bay area I noticed much more conservative styles in the stores there than here in Berlin. Perhaps not true with all items, just an overall thing I've noticed. e

    Everyone else has already chimed in with what you really need to know. I second or third (or whatever we're up to now) bringing rain gear and a sweater. The weather can flip-flop quite a bit during the summer. Before I lived here, I once Dusseldorf in July (I was living in Toulouse at the time). It rained heavily 4 days in a row and my shoes were always wet.

    ​Hahahaha, your tangent section is absolutely right for Americans! I couldn't weight in for the other ones, but the American one is spot on! (Though I think it might change based on what part of America you're from) 

    I'm actually quite afraid of the fact that it might rain. The last time I visited Europe, it rained for 8 days straight. If it's raining there again this time, I'll be sitting with a sorry look on my face with my 8 sundresses and heels. 


  3. ​H&M, Zara, etc are not progressive, it is just some multinational set of brands that try to set a trend. Southern countries have local brands and in some cases custom cloths that are far more "progressive" and "modern" than Zara. Spend 1 month in Italy and you will understand.

    ​I wasn't trying to say that H&M or Zara are progressive in terms of Haute Couture. I just wanted to clarify that I didn't think Germany was behind the times in terms of fashion, so I just wanted to clear up some things, I know that not everyone in Germany wears socks with sandals and khaki shorts. I know that Zara and H&M are not trendsetters, but rather, they're companies amongst many that interpret and mass-produce trends that others create. And I'm sure Italy's fashion culture is great, being the birthplace of Versace, Armani, Valentino, etc (which actually happen to be mainly mass-producing companies doing a bit of haute couture on the side, but they do a lot of trendsetting through that.) : )


  4. Aye, Munich's very conservative (dress-wise) be careful ...

    for example

    ​I swear I met those guys in NYC. 

    ​You're not visiting Saudi Arabia.  There is no more a cultural dress sense here than there is in any other first world country.  You're thinking much too hard about this.  Wear whatever you want.​

    There are H&M, Zara, Mango, Only, Footlocker and Forever 21 stores every 1km in the main shopping area in Munich. The clothes and styles are the same as in North America, there even was a Coachella wall in H&Ms here during the festival! 

    ​Awesome! Yeah, I totally never thought that Germany would be behind in any aspect. I know it's super progressive and modern! I've just never been to Munich before so I wanted to make sure I did some research. 

    But you guys are all very right. I'm definitely over thinking this. I will pack without a care in the world! Thanks everyone : )


  5. there are always these things called "shops" around - just buy something more appropriate!

    ​Dear lord! The place where money can be exchanged for goods and services? I thought those disappeared years ago!  Jokes aside, thanks for the advice : )

    Seriously, I don't think you'll offend anyone considering a dirndl (not short, but not much coverage up top) is totally acceptable at a church wedding, and there are buck naked people supine at the river and in the English Garden. 

    I keep forgetting about all the nudity in Europe that Americans speak of. Well, as they say, When in Rome. 

    Munich is very relaxed in terms of clothing. Lot of young population and so is the freshness in the styles. But don't get deceived by the word "Summer" in Munich. You can expect showers anytime cos of the proximity to the Alps. Plan to carry a big handbag and layer in "Onion" style. As long as you are not going to visit a very conservative sacred place, you can ease with your style.

    ​Thank you so much! I was practicing packing my suitcase (Oh no, I'm Monica Geller from Friends) and I've been just stuffing dresses in it. Now I gotta look for room to fit in sweaters and an umbrella. *sadly takes out 4 unnecessary dresses*


  6. ​^---This, ultimately.

    That said, Munich has a reputation in Germany for dressing without style. The old folks dress boring or Bavarian (which is pretty cool). 

    As someone who moved here from NYC, I'd say that the baseline that informs all else ranges from work-a-day to bland-preppy. But it's changing, and you'll find punks, hipsters, hippies... just not in huge quantities, only massing in the right places, and that still undercut with a baseline bland-preppy-conservative thing not far from the surface.

    Munich's most interesting looks come out in summer. Maybe that's because young folks and the young at heart kick back a bit, mix, and are learning to let go and go out on a limb. Maybe it's because there's a history of public park/river/lake nudity that is clinging on in the older folks-- and there's some kind of self-reflexive thing in the younger folks that both rejects the total nudity, but in doing so is experimenting with wearing less, or deconstructing their outfits? 

    Maybe it's just that Müncheners are growing tired of being boring, so they are taking baby steps to change. Maybe it's because of the influx of worldly, cosmopolitan immigrants, expats, whatever? 

    But on a what should you wear front? Nobody will care out in the city. Work dress is less formal than NYC's office culture, more staid than NYC's hip-office culture. 

    ​Thank you so much for explaining this. I'm all for wearing whatever you want, but it I'm always battling between the idea of "I do what I want" and respecting someone's culture. So I hear these stories about how North Americans would visit Europe and dress however they want, and it seems to disturb the locals, especially in places like historic churches. Just wanted to make sure I won't be offending anyone before I go packing my short(ish) sundresses. Thank you all for answering my question : ) 


  7. I wouldn't worry about mispronouncing things. Its going to happen one way or another. One way to know that Germans don't understand you is when they look at you blankly like a robot that has been badly damaged and is trying to compute. They all do it.

    I'm super excited to see the look. I will respond by backing away slowly lest their motherboard catch on fire.  

    which English speakers of German sometimes transform into diphtongs. For example "Wie geht's?" (colloquial short form for 'how are you?') may sound like "wie gayts?" rather then the correct [e:] vowel. It's a phenomenon in other languages, too. The French greeting "à bientôt" sounds like "a-byen-toe" with some English speakers, while the last vowel is actually an [o:]. – Likewise, the English vowel system with its nuances is difficult for German speakers, without appearing so at first sight. Another area which is important for communication but will best be acquired by being emerged into the language is intonation, e.g. distinguishing a declarative sentence from a question.

    Oh wow, I didnt realize there were such subtle differences. It's difficult to really understand without hearing it though. I guess that's what going to Germany and diving in head first is about! ..or I'll just watch some YouTube clips before I go. 


  8. Try Duolingo, it's a free phone app and website that you can learn many different languages with. I'm using it for Dutch at the moment and it's rather good for free. Rosetta Stone is also very good but pricey. ​

    Yes! Actually i've used Duolingo in the past for German, I just gave up after a bit but now I definitely need to kick my lazy butt into gear and use whatever I can to learn asap. 


  9. The English pronounciation of "Vorsprung durch Technik" from the Audi ads is atrocious!

    "Vorshproong doork tecknick"

     ... that's terrifying because that's how I muttered it to myself and read the quotes text below and it felt like the prophecy had come true. 


    I used this website for the basics

    This one seems to have more detail


    It took about six months for practice before I could make the trillled R sound.  I still cant "fit" it into words but...




    Thank you so much for the tips! I have a feeling I'll never be able to make the R sounds so I'm happy having given that up. 

    I checked your website and saw that Korean is your first language. Do you have a Korean accent when you speak English?

    I lived for 10 years in Canada through childhood so a lot of my accent was bullied right out of me lol. But I've been told I have a slight accent that sounds foreign but people cant tell from where. Also I had a bit of Canadian accent, but most of that is gone too since I lived in NY. 

    ​the trick for that is the position of your tongue. make sure the tip of your tongue is touching the back of your bottom teeth. it will also help the back 'ch' sound as well.

    Ok so this actually helped a lot. Thank you! I still have some shhh happening near the end but im sure I'll learn to get rid of it. 

    I believe the OP is coming to Munich, Nobody in Munich pronounces "Ich" as if it's full of S's. Except the Preissen that have moved there that is. In fact a lot of 'em don't even bother with the "ch" bit at all. :rolleyes: 

    True. Just learn to say "Eeee".

    Ok perfect because I do this already. I will totally "Eee wolle gehen die bierhalles" my way through Munich. Thank you so much! 


  10. Hello! I've just started learning German for my trip to Munich. It's... nicht leicht. I have no idea if that even made sense. I meant it's not easy. I can't even pronounce Ich. I just say an extended Eeeeee...shh..k... 

    So with the limited German I know, I want to be able to make sure people are able to understand the small amount I can manage to squeeze out. Is there any German words/sounds that you guys feel Non-German speakers really butcher, that you want to see pronounced right? 


  11. Hello! I'll be traveling to Munich in late June for a week, I'm more scouting the region to try to move there one day (how many Canadians can you fit in Germany), and I would love some advice when it comes to being dressed appropriately. 

    I come from NYC where everything pretty much goes, but if that's not the culture there, I would love to respect that. 

    Thanks : )

    P.s. sorry if I broke some forum rules on how and where to post stuff. I've looked for some official rules post or something but I wasn't able to find one.