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3 Things I Learned Dating an Ausländer (foreigner)

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I'm American, Mr. German Man is German and we live in Germany. In today's video, 3 things Stefan has learned dating a foreigner (Ausländer in German).
So my question for you is: What are some things that you've learned from dating someone from a different culture, being friends with someone from a different culture, or just getting to know people from a different culture from your own?
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13 Sep 2018

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Michael Clark
Michael Clark Vor 18 Stunden
Anyone who says your English is poor, Stefan, has no idea what they're talking about.
Sarkast
Sarkast Vor 2 Tage
BIG difference Americans date each other. It's something official to ask someone out for a date which specifically states the intention. In Germany? "Bock auf Kino?" ;)
Sarkast
Sarkast Vor 2 Tage
What? the brown sugar thing shocked me! And you didn't even clear it up whaaaaaaaaaaa!
spacemantango
spacemantango Vor 7 Tage
Aw Stefan is so sweet and kind hearted! You can tell how much he cares about you. And his English is fantastic!
ROUVEYROLL ASHER
ROUVEYROLL ASHER Vor 22 Tage
you 2 seem very awkward towards each other... (probably cause you are boring each other out...)
Peter Charuza
Peter Charuza Vor 23 Tage
Stefan's English is just fine, of course he has an accent, however, there is nothing wrong with it. I am Czech myself, living currently in Texas and I lived in New York before that over 20 years and when I moved to N.Y. I did not speak any English so I can definitely relate to Stefan's situation and I still have an accent, most people think I am either German or Irish, I was surprised when you mentioned you used to live in Prague, hope you liked it there.
nicholas williams
I'm looking at your eyes and you keep looking at his mouth while he is talking.
Sam Urai
Sam Urai Vor Monat
I wonder if Dana can speak german. she lives in germany for 9 years and don't can speak fluent german?
Nanna
Nanna Vor Monat
Stefan, dein Englisch ist schon alleine in den letzten paar Jahren, seitdem ich Danas/eure Videos gucke viel besser geworden! :) Ich find euch so süß zusammen, ganz toll, woran ihr uns alle teilhaben lasst! // Stefan, your English has improved a lot even in the last couple of years since I started watching Danas/your videos! I think you're so cute together, thanks for sharing so much from your life with us!
Tina Sesselmann
Tina Sesselmann Vor Monat
Ugh, German brown sugar is the worst! It's dry as a bone and doesn't have that same caramel-y flavor. I found the good stuff at the Asian store of all places.
Fighter00728
Fighter00728 Vor Monat
I kinda understood VSauce xD
Astir01
Astir01 Vor Monat
Don´t shoot the english- teacher, she is doing her very best.
Paulo Ruffino
Paulo Ruffino Vor Monat
I guess I'd like to say a couple of things, but I will apologize in advance if comes out wrong. It's been my opinion for a while now that everyone should spend a year outside their own country. Even if they speak the same language as you learned as a baby, there'll be a ton of differences in culture and what people think it's natural to do or weird, the food will be different even words, spelling and grammar changes even if slightly. There is something very freeing in learning that there isn't only one right way to do things, or even just two, but many many different ways that are just as valid as the way we grew up with. There is also something very refreshing and freeing in finding out that, despite all the changes and differences, we are way, way, waaay more alike than different. We share *so* much in common, it's a real shame we let others divide us for their gain and our losses. I can't wait for the day when we are *all* just brothers and sisters who happen to live on Earth, not divided by countries and enemies and bad stuff, but united and in peace. Hopefully I'll see it in my lifetime, but I'm working as much as I can to advance the cause even if I die first. And I welcome anyone who wants to join us there. The other thing is the language -- Stefan, your English is way better than anyone has the right to expect from a person who is living in his own country with a different mother tongue. I notice an accent both when Stefan speaks English and when Dana speaks German. I will tell you in advance that my German is just atrocious, so maybe I shouldn't even be commenting, but I notice that she pronounces things slightly differently than what I hear other people pronouncing. Dana, please forgive me for saying it, and in any case your pronunciation is a hundred thousand miles better than mine, so please don't feel bad. But the key for me is, that's just because I'm comparing what I am used to and expect to hear with what y'all are pronouncing. A native of some different place might completely disagree with me -- I think I have a better way of saying it, for example, Dana pronounces things in English slightly differently than the vast majority of people around me, but I'm in the Northeast of US and she grew up elsewhere, and it's still very recognizable American English, as opposed to British English. Same with Stefan, when he speaks English, I can't place where he could be from, maybe England, maybe Canada, but it's still fine. So, all this blah-blah-blah from my part, but I do have a point that I think can help both Stefan and Dana as well as people reading this comment. It took me a long time to understand that we don't *hear* our own accents. We think we're speaking a foreign language just fine, thank you, when native speakers can hear the differences. And because we can't hear the differences, it's hard to fix the problem. So, at a certain point, when attempting to learn a foreign language, the people teaching us stopped speaking their native tongue and started speaking our native tongue. We couldn't stop laughing -- the errors in pronunciation, the choice of wrong words, the grammar errors, it was fascinating and funny at the same time, and we were so freaking grateful the teachers initiated the exchange and did not take offense at our laughter. Because here's the key thing: we can't hear our *own* accents, but we can hear the accents of people trying to speak in our native tongues. All the "mistakes", like using the wrong plural, or attaching a pronoun of the wrong gender to the noun, or mispronouncing the words, give us essential insights on how *their* language works. If Stefan can hear how Dana mispronounces German words, and he can imitate the sounds, his accent in English will go way down. If Dana can hear how Stefan mispronounces English words, try to imitate that sound and watch your accent in German subside too. And culture is just difficult without experiencing it. The number of people from UK that arrives in US and cracks up when they hear about "regular gasoline" or "regular coke" for "the standard one", instead of the special or diet one is not small -- and Americans just get a bewildered look, until the Brits explain that "regular" for them is people who are not constipated. It's the same language and words, different meanings and contexts. Similarly, Brits get embarrassed when they learn that they should not "knock someone up in the morning", because while that means knocking on the door to wake someone up in England, in America it means getting someone pregnant. Pissed means angry in America and drunk in UK. Then there is the rubber/eraser thing. And the less we talk about the differences in "fanny pack" the better. ;-) :-P So, anyway, I love your channel, first time I really felt moved to comment, but you are both adorable and I've learned so much from you. Have fun, keep cool and I hope I could help y'all a tiny bit to compensate for the ton of things I've learned from you.
Mrssewhardtoplease
What does your family think about being with a loud mouth American woman?
Mrssewhardtoplease
These American women with horsetail length hair!!! They seem slow at adjusting to Europe style.
Shelley May
Shelley May Vor Monat
Why should they?
Evelyn Bilalli
Evelyn Bilalli Vor Monat
I'm married to an albanian man. I'm Swiss and my husband came to Switzerland at the age of 11 years. He talks Swiss-German as a Swiss Man, so at the beginning of our dating time we spoke only Swiss-German. But after a while I wantet to learn his mother tongue too, because we spent a lot of time in Kosovo and my mother in law only speaks albanina. So as you've said in the video not only language but also culture (religion) is a biiig deal in a bi-national marriage. And I totally agree with Stefan; I love my husband so much that it was out of question, of learning his language or getting to know his culture better. Now we have a little daughter and we rise her up with both languages. We both belive that this is a big chance for her and our future kids, to know the cultures from both countries.
Ccaarrooification
I am German, my boyfriend is Bulgarian and we speak English. I agree with everything you said!
Marcy Leyva
Marcy Leyva Vor Monat
My best friend is German and we are very different but it's so awesome explaining to each other the differences in our culture and countries. I'm from the US in California and he's from southern Germany which is completely different from other areas just like here west coast is sooo different from east coast. I tend to be more open and louder and he's quiet and reserved in his manner. His humor is funny not only for the actual joke but the delivery of the joke is adorable too, that accent oooh it's so cool. I could listen to it all day, I never thought of myself having an accent but apparently I do. It's been a great experience and I look forward to our conversations on all topics of interest from racism to video games. I also have him to thank for introducing me to your utube channel, he showed me the one you did about the windows. Great invention btw, if only they had screens they'd be perfect! We do have our disputes of course, potato salad! Lol! I look forward to seeing your videos. Tchuss!
Amanda Boling
Amanda Boling Vor Monat
I know that speaking to my fiancée, she has way different things from her childhood than I do! She lives in Switzerland and I live in America (CA). It’s so fascinating when I go there and notice all the different ways we do things.
Christy Hanna
Christy Hanna Vor Monat
Language wasn't a big issue because, even though we each spoke different mother tongues, we also knew each other's mother tongue. It was culture that really divided us. Social norms for a girl/boyfriend vary across culture, marriage/family expectations vary a little bit. It didn't work.
Andrea Heckler
Andrea Heckler Vor 2 Monate
I can’t imagine how much longer it would have taken me to do all my visa paperwork alone.. That stuff is INSANELY complicated 😅 I really loved this video, and I can relate so much! Also, for the record, Stefan’s English is great 👌
Lidis McKnight
Lidis McKnight Vor 2 Monate
Hi Dana & Stephan Why did not use Master card instead Visa Besos Lidis
Jim Crawford
Jim Crawford Vor 2 Monate
Love you guys. I lived in Erding for 6 yrs. Still miss life there. Back in USA. Love to return to Germany. Stefan, your American is great.
warp00009
warp00009 Vor 2 Monate
No worries Stefan, your English is EXCELLENT - don't ever let anyone tell you different! Like Trixi on Don't Trust The Rabbit, you speak beautifully even if sometimes you speak more precisely than many native English speakers - but there is nothing at all wrong with that. Your English is much better than most Americans would speak any foreign language - even English derivatives like Australian, Canadian, or Scottish English. Most of us seem to be horrible at communicating in any foreign language (we just fall back on talking loudly at someone in English if and when we can't communicate - which usually doesn't help the communication much)... Keep up the good work! Many years ago, we had a German programmer come to the company where I worked - for a one year internship. He was an excellent programmer, but surprised us by commenting all his programs in English - which he said was the "standard" the way he had been taught. Sadly, he left us long before his year was up (to take care of unforeseen family business back in Germany), but did fantastic work - on several important projects that some of our own programmers had been floundering around with for years - while he was here. After observing his work, it was easy to see why so many high quality software products were - and still are - created in Germany!
beautifulwhitecat
beautifulwhitecat Vor 2 Monate
What a cute & sweet couple! I think your hubby speaks really good English. He's got a cute overbite too.
Hermann Maier
Hermann Maier Vor 2 Monate
What struck me the most from dating foreigners is 1) how radically different people are even if they seem very similar on the surface of things and 2) how fundamentally the same we all are despite our differences in culture, language, color etc. And the real beauty of it is 3) that it's a lifelong effort to find out what is what, what's country, what's language, what's culture, what's history, what's family, what's me, what's you, what's us.
Natalie G
Natalie G Vor 2 Monate
I can relate to you guys a lot. My husband specifically can probably relate a lot to Stefan. André (my husband) is from Brazil, and he moved to Michigan (where I’m from) when we got married a year ago. I’d say his English is good, but he claims he was rusty and hadn’t used English since 2004. If that’s the case, he is doing exceptionally well. And some of my family told him that his English was better than theirs. I think they meant to say that his vocabulary exceeds their own. But of course, every day is a new experience and there are things that a non-native speaker couldn’t have learned except through experience talking to native speakers. Language that is taught in school often differs from the day to day spoken language. But like you guys, we experienced and are still experiencing many cultural differences. By the way, to any person who is learning a 2nd or 3rd or 4th, etc language, how wonderful! Don’t let other people discourage you. You are doing great.
tom-dus
tom-dus Vor 2 Monate
My most interesting experience were the differences between the role of the family of an Italian in his life compared to the more reluctant role of my German family in my life. The Italian family has a much deeper influence on its members! I am quite independent from my German family and I am not so much emotionally envolved in the things which happen there. I also prefer to hold the Italian family in a certain distance.
Leyla Deger
Leyla Deger Vor 2 Monate
Könnt ihr auf deutsch erzählen wie ihr euch kennengelernt habt?
Thomas Okken
Thomas Okken Vor 2 Monate
It's officially OK to say Czechia now instead of Czech Republic. 😀
Lauren
Lauren Vor 2 Monate
Language is the biggest part in any international relationship I think. I'm fortunate that my girlfriend has always had excellent English skills (from school and also playing video games/watching American TV shows etc) as my German basically did not exist when we first met. Her English has certainly improved after three years, there's no hesitation and she even uses my local dialect naturally. What is stranger for us is how my German has evolved. I spend less time in Germany but I have taken a year of German classes at university and I can have "toddler" conversations in German now. She finds it strange because we've always spoken English and she associates me with English language. Since I started speaking very basic German and picking up the odd bit of vocabulary, she's actually began to slip up more frequently and speak German to me before seeing my confused expression. It's like as my German improves, she loses the segregation of the English speaking situations in her head haha. I think the culture was a shock for us. Being both Germanic countries within Europe and relatively close to each other I guess I didn't expect the culture to be that different, and in the bigger picture it really isn't. It's the small things that usually present the biggest surprise, like opening Christmas gifts on different days and having a different typical cake size or no such thing as self raising flour.
mrscary3105
mrscary3105 Vor 2 Monate
Um... Florida is kind of the USA LOL (It's a silly place) Suggested reading for everyone wanting to know about Dana's home state is. "Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland" by Dave Barry. (You will be in tears laughing!)
delirium1326
delirium1326 Vor 2 Monate
2:51 and at this moment, her heart completely melted into putty.
Johannes Sugito
Johannes Sugito Vor 2 Monate
You see detailes and peculiarities of your own culture when you start to learn another culture.
Rich Kestrel
Rich Kestrel Vor 2 Monate
Stephan, your English is very good and completely understandable. Don't worry about those who say differently. Dana, your enthusiasm is very infectious, and it's why I'm subscribed! Y'all keep up the great work!
Kristin Scott
Kristin Scott Vor 2 Monate
Back when I visited Germany for the first (and so far unfortunately last) time in January 2013, I was soooo surprised that the German language was actually used for everything (😂😂). It was like water, getting into the nooks and crannies of everything. I thought my German was pretty good, but I realized I still had a ways to go! Also, the cultural framework people lived out of was noticeably different. I had a connecting flight in Copenhagen to Munich and my fellow women between both places seemed so much stronger, focused, and sure of themselves than what I typically perceived in the US. When I came back to the US and had a connecting flight in New York, I think I both was happy to be back in the US and missed the motivation of German culture.
Unproductive Incorporated
I am from the north of the United States, and my husband is from the south. I knew about the stereotypical cultural differences, but it surprised me all the little things that were different too! And in the same country no less!! It was a learning experience for us both, but I think at the end of the day, it made our bond that much stronger!
danny zelko
danny zelko Vor 2 Monate
Mr; German Man's English is pretty darn good.
Robert Warren
Robert Warren Vor 2 Monate
Excellent English so don’t worry!
Lady Stog
Lady Stog Vor 2 Monate
The way Dana's face lit up when Stefan said "but I loved you so much" 😍 What a beautiful moment! ❤️
Michael Sturm
Michael Sturm Vor 2 Monate
Not that the videos were bad before, but I like them better now that Stephan is in them. You two are a cute couple
Onyx Helena Ember-Graves
This is something different even just from a few states away. My boyfriend is from Michigan, I'm from Pennsylvania, and small things like food differences are like "wow" to him. I'll say one of my favorite cookies is white chocolate macadamia nut and he looks at me weird, calling it an eccentric thing or pepperoni/pizza balls/bread are unheard of to him. Or, he tells me he works in a "party store," and to me, that's like a Party City Store. But that means convenience store (without gas station) for like snacks.
Ma Yo86
Ma Yo86 Vor 2 Monate
Auf welcher Sprache unterhaltet ihr euch im Alltag?
Anjelica Nguyen
Anjelica Nguyen Vor 2 Monate
I'm going to be in Munich for the first time for Oktoberfest in a little over two weeks! Do you have any favorite food recommendations in Munich in general?
buckeyejm
buckeyejm Vor 2 Monate
I talk to this English guy on a VoIP app. It's fun to speak about culture difference between US and UK. He thought that people would just walk down my neighborhood street with a gun 🤣 thick Brit 😂
Natas du Vall
Natas du Vall Vor 2 Monate
"We live in Germany..." Dude, you live in Bavaria! There's a big difference. We don't belong to Germany! :D
Peter Nakitch
Peter Nakitch Vor 2 Monate
My father, a Serb and my mum, a Scot met and married in Australia in the early 1960's and because of time and place people were surprised. We only spoke English at home, in spite of my dad, being able to speak several European languages. I do reckon his English was much improved by speaking it at home, but he still had a distinct accent. He didn't ever really get English/British/Scottish/Australian humour or my mum's occasional black Scottish sarcasm. This has made understand that humour is also a very cultural thing too. There were and are cultural differences for them beyond humour: food and friends bridged those. We, as a family, had a much more European diet and outlook than some of my school friends and my mum's family members who emigrated to Australia after her.
Dominic Schmidt
Dominic Schmidt Vor 2 Monate
That kind of reminds me as me being German dating my American Girlfriend
Anonym
Anonym Vor 2 Monate
Ich freu mich so, dass sie das alte Intro wieder rein genommen hat
Rachael Kramer
Rachael Kramer Vor 2 Monate
My German husband misses his German sweets!!! - we r in us.
Chrisfs
Chrisfs Vor 2 Monate
"Some of the people in the comments think I don't have good English" Some people in the comments don't have a realistic concept of having a second language or they are just jerks.
Mindy Cope
Mindy Cope Vor 2 Monate
I think your English is very good Stefan!
jmcosmos
jmcosmos Vor 2 Monate
Stefan, your English is fluent; only it's not idiomatic. Idiom is THE thing, I say, that divides the native speaker from everyone else. Idiom and the culture that supports it are the last things to come when one is learning a language, and sometimes they never come.
The Book of Germerica
The paperwork thing was very similar for me too when I moved to Germany. My German Boy and his parents had quite the time trying to understand everything and why I need to do so much just to be able to go to school here!
Joshua Hillerup
Joshua Hillerup Vor 2 Monate
Stefan, your English is much much better than any other language is for me. There are what seems to be a bit of German grammar and word choice bits, but it's generally pretty good, and your English is completely understandable in this video.
Heather Bonin
Heather Bonin Vor 2 Monate
You two are completely adorable together! 😊👏
h lynn keith
h lynn keith Vor 2 Monate
Stefan, I teach ESL, and IMO your English is fluent. It is evident that you think in English when speaking with Dana. Even your off-hand vocalizations -- 'Yeah', 'Uh-huh' -- are correct. And you do not pause before you answer.
זכריה Zach Fenton פנטון
Warum sprechen sie kein Deutsch?
זכריה Zach Fenton פנטון
Warum sprechen sie kein Deutsch?
Lukas S
Lukas S Vor 2 Monate
Stefan, your english is awesome! Whats supposed to be wrong with it?
Steve P
Steve P Vor 2 Monate
I am going to be a Dutch uncle! It has been fun and inspirational to follow Dana's journey. The introduction of Mr. German Man was nice and you both seem like nice, decent, fun, and respectable people. I have just turned 60 and I'm sure you have addressed this thought elsewhere in your blog. As a young man I would never have thought I would say anything like this but having children is the most transformative event I have ever experienced. I honestly feel sorry for people who reach their advanced years without the sense of continuity the progeny brings. You guys have a great relationship, a stable home, besides you couldn't ask for a more amazing Wanted Adventure than kids!
svenpetersen1965
svenpetersen1965 Vor 2 Monate
Marrying a foreigner from outside the EU was a pretty stressful experience. Nobody really helps you to get through the paper work (it is a lot) and at least then, there are no checklists or something and even the authorities didn‘t know it well, so they came up with something new every now and then. They were very kind and helped us, though. Anyways, I was not sure that we will manage to get married until two days before the wedding. Other than that, being married to someone from another culture is an interesting journey, if you are open for each other‘s culture. I still learn a lot even after 16 years.
Sebastian Mustermann
Another reason why Germans in particular have very little contact with visa these days is because the German passport is the second most powerful in the world, giving German citizens a lot of options of visa-free or visa-upon arrival countries.
Ella Speed
Ella Speed Vor 2 Monate
2'50'': quel charmeur! ;-)
Justin Bozeman
Justin Bozeman Vor 2 Monate
Some would argue that you don't really have different cultures you're both white European Christians you're going to see eye-to-eye on quite a few things. when you talk about multiculturalism you talk about people with different values and different religions. therefore I would say a different country not a different culture because I don't believe there's a big enough difference to be a culture. Like I said same race same ethnicity same religion. Same moral code same rule of law property rights blah blah blah.
Mobil conan Telefon
Mobil conan Telefon Vor 2 Monate
I have just saw Dana on TV (ARD alpha)!
Giu G
Giu G Vor 2 Monate
Was ist denn jetzt "brown sugar"? :D
Giu G
Giu G Vor 2 Monate
Dein Englisch ist doch top... :) Aber besser kann man es ja auch nicht lernen
Baccatube79
Baccatube79 Vor 2 Monate
I wanna bet my left buttcheek that Stefan had never said and would never publicly say the phrase "... but I loved you so much that I just spoke whatever..." in German. This is such an intimate confession when you translate it! It's the same for me, I can easily talk about my feelings in English when I have sincere problems in German.
Marie S
Marie S Vor Monat
Same!! Geht mir genau so, vieles hört sich auch viel normaler und cooler an in englisch finde ich 🙈 A lot sounds more normal in english. In German a lot sounds so extra when you say it.
Quamble
Quamble Vor Monat
Geht mir ganz genau so. Ich glaube es liegt daran, dass ich im Englischen nicht dieselbe emotionale Verbindung zur Sprache habe wie im deutschen. Ich weiß zwar, dass "I love you" "ich liebe dich" bedeutet, aber "ich liebe dich" trägt für mich einfach viel mehr Bedeutung. Ähnlich geht es mir aber auch mit beleidigungen.
mtrmann
mtrmann Vor 2 Monate
Dunna is so emotional and non-German personality-wise it must have prompted Stefan to be more open and revealing of his feelings too.
October Moon
October Moon Vor 2 Monate
Culture is a big shocker and expressions. Language was and is a big one, something that seems so normal for my husband to respond is so different for me. How we were raised is so different.
Stephanie Mecredy
Stephanie Mecredy Vor 2 Monate
I didn't have the language barrier (95% of the time) with my English husband, but even five years after moving here I still get caught out by funny phrases or difficult accents. I swear he goes out of his way to make up funny saying s just to mess with me! And oh godddddddddd visa stuff. I don't have any legal ID right now and probably won't for at least another couple months because the Home Office have it all. My application weighed nearly two kilos!
Julie Awalt
Julie Awalt Vor 2 Monate
American brown sugar is cane sugar that is refined to granulated sugar then molasses is added back to the crystals. Turbinado or Demerara sugar are brown-colored sugars where the molasses has not yet been separated from the sugar crystals. If you are out of brown sugar, you can use the same measurement of white sugar, just add 1-2 Tablespoons of molasses per cup of sugar needed. Also, Stefan's English is just fine. Y'all are a cute couple.
hkjuhu campbell
hkjuhu campbell Vor 2 Monate
It was great to get to know Stefan more.
Christian Czok
Christian Czok Vor 2 Monate
Well, I'd say that Stephan's (or is it Stefan?) English is great. Sure, His pronunciation is sometimes rather "German". But he gets his point across very eloquently. 👍
SilvanaMaria
SilvanaMaria Vor 2 Monate
Maybe you do a video regarding the differences between how weddings are done in Germany and how they are done in the US. It would be really interesting to know since me (a Romanian) and my husband (a German) had our wedding in Romania and we had encountered so many differences between how things are done. We also encountered differences because of religion (me Orthodox, he Catholoc) and needed so many papers in order to be able to have our religious ceremony. And by the way, Stefan, your English is very good. Don’t listen to the ones which you tell you different. They are just mean envious people.
Frances Powell
Frances Powell Vor 2 Monate
Who said your English is bad???
Tete
Tete Vor 2 Monate
Oh my God. What you say is so true! My boyfriend is from Syria (and lives in Germany now), so I learned a lot about his culture. But mostly I feel like, I learned what makes the German culture unique and a lot of small things Germans may do or see differently than Arabs. For us language was a problem at first, as I spoke no Arabic and he spoke only little German and English. Communicating and making sure the other understood became crucial. But still I feel like we had fewer misunderstandings when his German wasn't as good as it is now (almost 3 years later). We took our time explaining what we meant and what was important to us. Whereas now we just talk German to each other in normal speed and always asume the other understands, when that might not be the case. So in my opinion a language barrier is not that much of a barrier. If you take your time to explain and to listen, really listen to what the other person has to say, you can learn a lot about each other and even more so about yourself.
Robert Roser
Robert Roser Vor 2 Monate
Stefan speaks English is really well. The main thing that I have notice is Mr German was always behind the camera and now is front of the camera, that's great. What languages are taught in USA schools and in German Schools?
hellriegel7
hellriegel7 Vor 2 Monate
I have a very similair experience. My wife is brazilian and when we got to know each other both of us were speaking a terrible english, but it was the only language that we could at least try to talk. So we learned together. The culture differences are huge too. I didn't know anything about Brazil and she didn't know anything about Germany. And after seven years of marriage now, we still sometimes stumble over these differences. But by now the spaks german very well, but i didn't really learn portuguese yet, shame on me..
Ellen Garbsch
Ellen Garbsch Vor 2 Monate
Oh my goodness, Stefan’s English is better than many Americans speak it! I (American) was married to a German from Munich who also spoke fluent English but I, in turn, found it terribly hard to learn German.
Swede Potato Pie
Swede Potato Pie Vor 2 Monate
I’m half Swedish half German but I mainly grew up in Deutschland. I then moved to the UK (London) after finishing school 12 years ago (primarily for an AuPair job) & I’ve been living there/here ever since. However, my boyfriend is from NYC originally and let’s just say: the LANGUAGE wasn’t the problem. As Stefan pointed out correctly: People in Europe *think* - even *pretend* they know a lot about the US, be it from films (movies 😜), through music and/or other influences , and while part of that MAY be true- compared to the knowledge we have when it comes down to other big global players like Russia or the middle east (and even more so nowadays due to social media and globalisation in general) GENERALLY speaking it’s a WHOLE NEW ball of wax the minute u start emigrating to the states or dating/being (with) someone FROM “across the pond“ (as we say in England 😄) ESPECIALLY when that someone’s still very much immersed or even attached to the *American* way of handling things & unaccustomed to the (West) European culture & lifestyle (like my bf, bless 🙈) I’ve actually asked him and *he* has the opinion that *because* of said influences, it’s even harder, like, more of a surprise to the *American* experiencing (West) European life for the 1st time, opposed to the other way around. Wouldn’t u agree, Dana? (if u think back to when the thought of leaving the US 4 the CR/Europe first came into ur mind & what u felt during the 1st few weeks/months?) 🧐
Pascal OLIVIER
Pascal OLIVIER Vor 2 Monate
I'm French and have been living in Quebec for 12 years. Although my girlfriend shares the same language as mine, there's still a cultural gap between us. Being a dual-culture couple, you are continuously learning from the other, and I would say even more than from somebody of your own culture.
jshigh63
jshigh63 Vor 2 Monate
Okay. Stefan, I'm an American in America. Your English is just fine! Dana, the next time you guys come to this side of the Atlantic, bring him to Texas. I would be happy to show y'all our culture.
Maria Zimmermann
Maria Zimmermann Vor 2 Monate
Hi Dana! So you've been in Germany for about 8 years? Congratulations, I know no better way to celebrate than: 1. Get a Zertifikat Deutsch 2. Go to your Amt 3. Answer 33 questions about Germany 4. Prove you're not on welfare and you pay your taxes 5. Become a German!!!!!!🇩🇪 🇩🇪 🇩🇪 🇩🇪
Dana Osgood
Dana Osgood Vor 2 Monate
I have friends in France and the UK and as a senior in high school, I love hearing about how our schools are different!
In the now
In the now Vor 2 Monate
I don't know what anyone is complaining about. Stefan's English is quite good. Some people just love to hate on others.
Flo F. Travels
Flo F. Travels Vor 2 Monate
I love it when you and Stefan do videos together. Too cute! I know exactly how you feel, when I was dating my husband (He's German) it was hard for us to communicate, but we did not let that stop us, we never gave up, and now we are married! True Love!
Bruce Aramayo
Bruce Aramayo Vor 2 Monate
You're couple goals, no matter how different language and culture can be.
Stephan Spielmann
Stephan Spielmann Vor 2 Monate
It's possible to get into a relationship without any shared language. While in a "getting to know each other"-phase we used some online-translator first and now both are learning/learned a language the other person knows. (although not the mother tongue of the other person for some reasons (availability of courses; usefulness; dificulty))
Carmen Wheatley
Carmen Wheatley Vor 2 Monate
Stefan I think your English is very good. I understand you well. You don’t seem to speak English with a strong accent. I have a friend who moved here from Germany in the 70’s and she still speaks with a heavy accent so at times she is hard to understand.
Vinicius Durgiewicz
Vinicius Durgiewicz Vor 2 Monate
Well... I learned a lot with my German friends, and I'm still learning, culture mostly is the kind of thing you learn by just talking and observing in those small situations that comes up on daily basis. I like it a lot.
Larry Weller
Larry Weller Vor 2 Monate
Thank you for your videos. I enjoy all of them. The content. The comments. The discoveries. Etc. I am really blessed to have three families of best friends that live in Germany that I have been able to visit several times. And because of the work of each party we have become best friends. In fact the parents called me and Uncle to their children. I am so very blessed with this opportunity.
James Nieto
James Nieto Vor 2 Monate
I like European countries and it's people
boom baby
boom baby Vor 2 Monate
07:35 Pretty much sums up what this channel is all about. Great work, Dana and Stefan :-) Excited for more.
Michael RS
Michael RS Vor 2 Monate
Greetings from Orange County California. I belong to the *ISFLI, the International Society of the Foreign Language Impaired. As you might imagine our yearly meetings are rather quiet affairs. In High school, late 70s, I studied French and German. Solid Cs for 2 years. And, as part of a whole other story, became engaged to our German exchange student. That relationship lasted for 2 years beyond High School. When I got to college I took a year of Russian. C & D. 😞 All of that being said, it's amazing to me how many of my fellow Americans criticize people that don't speak English well. Especially if they are from Asian are Middle Eastern countries. Compared to Europeans learning English, or Americans learning a European language, Asian and Middle Eastern languages may as well be Martian. All of that being said, I have no idea why anybody would criticize Stefan's English. I'm not sure when those comments were made, but if it's anything close to now and the recent videos where I've seen him, his English is just fine and I don't understand it. I think you should ignore those people. As the saying goes, some people would complain if you cut off their head with a golden axe 😄. I love watching this channel and Trxi's Don't Trust The Rabbit. Great way to bone up on one's German and even especially for beginners. Wish they had this type of thing around back when I was younger. Anyway, ignore the haters. * yes, I just made that up. Cuz I am crappy at foreign languages, even relatively easy ones like European languages. I have no idea why I tried Russian in college.
Jessica Ely
Jessica Ely Vor 2 Monate
I have to say the paperwork is the worst thing of all. I had to go through the marriage paperwork by myself because I had to do it at the Swiss Embassy in the US. The paperwork was in German, but they gave me a English form to look at. It took me 4 hours to fill all the paperwork out. I had to go back to Switzerland and fill out all the sort of green card paperwork. I had my husband for this (thank God).
OJ Jenkins
OJ Jenkins Vor 2 Monate
:-)
Red Arrow
Red Arrow Vor 2 Monate
I think American brown sugar has got the following names in French and Dutch: cassonade (Benelux, Switzerland, Québec) basterdsuiker (the Netherlands) kinnekessuiker (Flanders) (literally "children sugar") vergeoise (France) Belgium has got two types of cassonade and they taste completely different. Cassonade Graeffe is the most delicious sugar I have ever eaten.
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