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Do not smile when in Germany

I was attending a workshop in Germany. The speaker was American. After speaking and performing for an hour, he suddenly said with a voice that was showing he was meaning it:

– When I talk to you smile, would you be so kind and smile back at me?!

A few long second of silence. The moment when everybody hopes there IS a fly in the room. And then someone started timidly clapping. I joined. Another strange moment of clapping just the two of you in a room of 130 people. After few another long seconds everybody joined.

Even before the elections when the candidates show all what they got, in Germany they are careful to not show too many teeth while smiling (c) BestAndWorstOfGermany. You can use this picture or text with an active link to Bestandworstofgermany.wordpress.com

Even before the elections when the candidates show all what they got, in Germany they are careful to not show too many teeth while smiling (c) BestAndWorstOfGermany. You can use this picture or text with an active link to Bestandworstofgermany.wordpress.com

 

That is right, do not dare to smile, you are risking to look not German at all.

3 comments on “Do not smile when in Germany

  1. Expat Eye
    September 15, 2013

    Aren’t you used to non-smiley people being from LT?!🙂

  2. bestandworstofgermany
    September 16, 2013

    I agree LT is not America in terms of smiles. And in many other terms, too. But. Even for me Germans are in many cases too serious.

  3. Pingback: Do not joke when in Germany! | bestandworstofgermany

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