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Whatever you wanted to know about Germany/German customs ...

 
 
Reply Fri 21 Apr, 2006 12:25 pm
... can be found in a handbook for commanders and other U.S. military personnel published by the U.S. Army last year.

It includes a wide variety of interesting and peculiar details,
including an introduction to German wine and beer.

"German wine categories are more complicated than German beer
categories," the Army guide says. "There are three types of wine and
three colors."

It also includes advice for how to handle delicate interpersonal
situations.

For example, if two persons pledge brotherhood ("Bruederschaft") over
drinks and switch from using the formal you ("Sie") to the informal
you ("du") and one of them later comes to regret the intimacy -- what
then?

"If an unhesitating 'Sie' is used [by one person] at the next
encounter following a Bruederschaft drink, the other person should
also revert to using 'Sie'."

"Commanders Guide to German Society, Customs, and Protocol," USAREUR Pamphlet 360-6, 20 September 2005 (PDF-Data)

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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Fri 21 Apr, 2006 12:38 pm
Quote:
"If an unhesitating 'Sie' is used [by one person] at the next encounter following a Bruederschaft drink, the other person should also revert to using 'Sie'."


This makes especially sense in a country where there is
a "you" only. Laughing
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 21 Apr, 2006 01:38 pm
Good to learn that. I thought there were only two kinds of wines in Germany. Those that came in brown bottles, and those that came in green. The green were for drinking; the stuff in the brown bottles would be mixed with a bit of olive oil and used for salad dressings.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 21 Apr, 2006 01:52 pm
http://www.frankenwein-roeser.de/shop/Frameset/sortiment2.jpg

I wouldn't use any wine from these bottles for cooking/salad ... :wink:

(But you are correct, Roger, that had been so .... until about 30 years ago Laughing )
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 21 Apr, 2006 02:18 pm
It's been a bit over 30 Walter. Embarrassed
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