At the time I wondered just what sort of relationship I was getting myself into.What I didn't fully understand back then was that German professionals expect high-level, expert performance of themselves, and that fumbling around in English, the language of international business, amounts to personal embarrassment, personal shame even.
He might even start taking lessons, but he certainly wouldn't see performance in the language as a source of soul-searching anguish.
These are differences in our personal way of conducting business, rather typical differences between Americans and Germans, differences that can lead to friction in our person to person communication.
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by Randall Mah One thing that often strikes newcomers to the United States is Americans' gregariousness.
The southern culture was subject to discriminatory policies until the nineteenth century.
The Friesians prize their language and descent from the ancient Friesian people, while the Limburgers and Brabantines emphasize their southern culture and Catholic heritage.
Conversely, while Chinese are often perceived as more reserved and distant than Americans, they seek genuine personal relationships with their business partners that go beyond networking and they actively work to build these connections.
Understanding Chinese business etiquette, how it differs from American business culture and how Chinese build relationships, communicate, and interact with business associates is critical to closing the deal in China.
Yet, beyond these office-sponsored functions, many Americans don’t necessarily socialize, or want to socialize, with their colleagues outside work.
Many want to keep their professional and personal lives separate.
It's the same way when you're in what I call "the Transatlantic Zone" - that's any place and any time Americans and Germans are doing business together.