Americans over-praise, Germans under-praise


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The cultural differences. But, we could already guess this intuitively.

To German team members, this kind of American praise often feels exaggerated, inflationary, or simply unwarranted. The Germans fear a creeping self-delusion. Germans simply don’t use terms like “great”, “fabulous”, “fantastic”, “amazing”. At the same time, German team members receiving feedback from Americans often fail to recognize the criticism that may be carefully wrapped in praise. Even though the American managers feel they have been quite clear, the Germans are often not sure what their weaknesses are and how to improve.

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John Otto Magee — Handelsblatt Today

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How German companies adopted English as their lingua franca


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Seems like no one has a choice these days to not learn English.

Even German car icon VW last year announced that it would make English the corporate language for its 120 sites worldwide. No other German company employs more people abroad — 340,000 of the 626,000 total last year.

This was a controversial decision. The German Language Foundation, which has set itself the task of protecting the language, was so furious at VW that it sold its company shares in protest. “The words Volkswagen and German unfortunately no longer go together,” fumed the foundation’s chairman Walter Krämer. “I am appalled at how recklessly our elites are giving up their own language and culture.”

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Caludia Obmann — Handelsblatt Global

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