Hi, hey um, could you give me an insight of wh…

Hi, hey um, could you give me an insight of what germans in general think of mexicans or latinos? i went to Germany 2 years ago with a bunch of people from my uni and we would use english to communicate with some people and they will treat us kinda rudely, but as soon as they heard us speaking in spanish between us, they would turn completely nice towards us (except in Berlin, they were rude nonetheless). I also know a lot of latinas married to german men. So i guess they are fine with us?

There is no „they“. As in any country on the face of the Earth, people living within that country are individuals and thus, will react to you and anybody else in individual ways.

Being German, I would say that, other than in, say, the USA, most Germans have no specific preconceived notions about „Latinos“ or Mexicans as such because, statistically, there simply aren‘t that many in Germany. It’s a tiny number, as compared to other foreign visitors or immigrants. People in Berlin are like New Yorkers in the USA — they are brash and can be „rude“ to anyone, including each other, so this has little to do with nationality. If you arrived with an English-speaking group, people probably assumed you were US-American by mere logic. By former communist Easterners in Berlin, this may not be conceived as their favorite nationality, while „Latin“ countries like Cuba or Chile may be viewed more positively, especially by former DDR people of the older generation who actually lived in communism.

Finally, let me say that your Latino-American (?) view of what constitutes as „rude“ may vary greatly from the German/European one. Generally speaking, Germans are far more reserved than Latinos, so if they don‘t kiss and hug you upon first meeting, do not be alarmed. It doesn’t mean that everybody hates you. ;D

I was born in the Balkans and my family has been from there for a few hundred years but we are outsiders, originally from Germany. Let’s say Balkans since 1600 and Germany before that, would I and should I consider myself German?

I don‘t know. Where do you live now? Do you speak German? Did you keep up German traditions? Do you feel more German or more local, wherever you are? I know that, through the last 2 wars and their aftermath, a lot of Germans in the diaspora who had emigrated at some point or lived in areas previously German that no longer were post war, were either made to deny their German roots or did so voluntarily in order to blend in locally. In East European areas, many were literally forced to stop speaking their language, etc. due to Russian domination. In the Americas, many changed their names and stopped speaking German after countries like the USA put Germans (and Japanese) in internment camps during WW2, seized their properties, money, etc. which most never got back. So this is a complex topic. On a more practical level, you might want to look into current law as to who may apply for German citizenship, based on heritage. I have a few things in queue on German minorities in Eastern Europe.

The Diaspora tag so far: http://willkommen-in-germany.tumblr.com/search/diaspora

Hey, just wanted to pop in to say that I always enjoy seeing your blog posts come up! Your content makes me happy! I also was just curious, you’ve said English is your second language (German the first, of course), but do you speak/are you learning any other languages? Regardless, if you could instantly know any language in existence, which would you choose? (I’d choose one of the signing languages, I think!)

Hi there, thanks and glad you enjoy the content. 🙂 I speak 3 languages properly, 1 or 2 halfway or less and if I could magically know another, it would choose Mandarin Chinese for business and Arabic for business and travel.

I love the poster you just posted of Neuschwanstein, can you tell me where the actual poster came from? Or the artist? I really love the style and I’d love a print or to see if they have any similar work

When you search the term „vintage posters germany“ there are a lot of them floating around. Most were advertisements of the past from tourist boards or airlines.

Hi, my girlfriend (US) loves your blog and so do I (GER). I told her about people we call “Dünnbrettbohrer” because with their weak attacks and arguments they are appear to drill a wooden board where it’s the thinnest. Does that make sense?

Hah yes, and another good one for the „Favorite German Words“ series. It’s nice that you 2 are enjoying the blog transatlantically. I shall ponder a proper explanation… this is a little more difficult to explain than it appears at first! 🤣