He dedicates this book to his Ossi girlfriend Annett, since she dropped about 18 000 hints that he should do so and he'd really just like a little peace and quiet now. How to be German started its life as an online blog series, which much to Adam's surprise has been read more than one million times, generating thousands of comments, both saying how right and how wrong he was (this directly resulted in the addition of step 29: Klugscheißen). Adam has written about thirty new steps, expanded some old ones, had everything nicely illustrated and the result is this book.
Another bonus: How to Be German is actually two books. Read it in English, then flip it over, and read it from the opposite side in German. I read it in English so I cannot speak for its translation, but .
Breakfast lavishly, pre-book all your holidays years in advance, dress sensibly and obey the red man! How to be German presents all the little absurdities that make living in Germany such a pleasure. It's required reading for all Ausländer and for Germans who sometimes have the feeling they don't understand their own country. We learn why the Germans speak so freely about sex, why they are so obsessed with Spiegel Online and why they all dream of being naked in a lake of Apfelsaftschorle. At the end, the only thing left to say to Adam Fletcher's love letter to Germany is "Alles klar!"
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