Ten tell-tale signs that you've gone native
Published: 21 Jun 12 11:48 CET | Print version
Do you wait religiously for the green man? Do you leave passive-aggressive notes on your neighbours' bikes? You may have been in Germany too long. The latest Local List diagnoses the various stages of this serious condition.
Take note - it is easy to become German without realizing it. Many of The Local's readers are English-speaking expatriates who have lived in this great country for some time, and as part of our service to them, we feel it is our duty to diagnose signs when they may have adopted the native culture a little too much.
Obviously, integrating the immigrant community is an important part of successful social cohesion, but beware - if you are suddenly outraged when public transport comes a little too late, or you are beginning to enjoy public nudity too much, you may fall in to embarrassing situations back in front of your family members.
It's fine, laudable, even vital to become semi-German, when settling in the Vaterland - but no one ever, EVER, goes FULL GERMAN.
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