Screaming American

So I’ve been in Germany for three and a half weeks. And I’ve been loving it.

I arrived in Munich on the 29th and got set up with my Study Abroad Program. I have been busy shopping for stuff I need for my room so I haven’t really played tourist yet, but will soon.

But I’ve been wondering about something. Sometimes – well most of the time – Germans and others will talk to me in English. Sometimes is on sight, but most of the time it’s after I’ve spoken (or tried to) in German. How do they know to use English? Is my German really that bad? I know it’s partly because I’ve still got that ‘tourist aura’  around me. It’s the same aura that lets me pick out tourists with ease in Boston.

Maybe it’s the way I dress? When I was packing, I tried to avoid my T-Shirts with writing, or anything that was pro-America on my shirts.

There are other possibilities.

Even though I probably scream American, I’ve been trying to pick out Germans versus Americans myself, and for me at least, it’s very hard.

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3 responses to “Screaming American

  1. lol when I was in Italy the Italians kept speakign to me in German! (I’m British)

    Maybe they will speak less English to you when you’ve been there a bit longer, maybe there’s some sort of subconscious assimilation that will take place, marking you out as less American and more German? Let us know in a while!!

  2. Ich hoffe, dass wir nach diesem Sommer nicht so klar ersichtlich sein werden. Ich weiß, was du meinst über die “Tourist Aura,” weil ich in Orlando leben. Viellecht wir werden mehr normal anmuten, wenn alles nicht so neue ist.

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