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It is correct that you can get by just fine with English, but if you are looking to build relationships with people, you need to work on conversing in their native language. With English, you will be able to get through life, buy what you need to buy, and get done what you need to get done. However, you will never become a part of all common life ...


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As a foreigner having lived in Germany for about 20 years, I would imagine it to be very difficult to cope in everyday life without knowing the German language. For a short visit as a tourist, you can of course get along well with English. In Germany, English proficiency varies greatly and depends e.g. on age, education level and to some extent where in ...


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Not very severe. In Munich as with most of Germany, automated transport ticket machines can be changed easily to a number of different languages. Physical German signs are mostly in German but their alphabet is very similar to English so can be easily memorised when you need to know certain place names. However, Munich is a very walkable city which I would ...


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I depends where you go. Even my half-remembered high-school German was very useful, possibly even essential when visiting a small town in the former East on business. The engineers spoke fluent English. The younger staff spoke pretty good English. The shift foreman spoke next to no English (but fluent Russian). Hotel and restaurant staff varied from ...


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You'll be fine. Especially young people or people in tourism-related jobs speak good English. Public transport is well-organized and easy to navigate. It might help you to plan your trips and tickets ahead of time (i.e. where you are changing subway lines and what ticket you need - they have a rather complicated zones system so you might just want to get a ...


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Slightly different angle than the accepted answer: For a shot or medium visit: don't bother. German is actually a pretty difficult language to learn. This only makes sense if you think you can get to a point that you speak better German than most Germans speak English. In most areas, that's a pretty high bar to meet and it would take a significant amount of ...


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You asked for German sentences. In case you are not confident in your German pronunciation I would rather go for few but well practised phrases than many sentences: Your most important sentence next to "Hallo" and "danke" should be "Sprechen Sie Englisch?" As others already have said, a lot of people speak good English in Germany - especially in large ...


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Unterkunft - the most general word that includes everything else (just like accomodation) Hotel Gasthof, Gasthaus - translates best as "inn", may or may not offer rooms as well as food Pension - similar to bed&breakfast, the most common in rurual areas Berghütte, Hütte - shelter for hikers and mountaineers in alpine areas, generally offers only shared ...


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One type of German accommodation for informal, budget, bucolic accommodation is a Naturfreundehaus, which literally means "friends of nature-house". Those are youth-hostel style places in often quite stunning settings in the German speaking countries. Naturfreunde-Haus Kolm Saigurn, Austria. Photo ⓒ unknown. An international search-engine in German and ...


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Typically, cruise ships get a special treatment in the sense that you are never considered to have 'entered' the destination countries. That takes care of any potential issues in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, etc. You need to have a valid passport to get on board of the cruise ship, and then you are allowed to go on land temporarily with the cruise ship boarding ...


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It is perfectly possible. My friend from India entered Europe through Paris even though he was a student in Germany. As your visa is student national visa, it allows multiple entries into the Schengen area and you are perfectly fine. But it is always safe to have a ticket from Sweden to Germany if you have already booked it.


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After four months experience in Austria and Germany combined, it was shared experience that if a German-speaking person knew English well, it was because they were Austrian (or Swiss). Most (90%?) Germans did not know English well enough for recreational conversations. (addendum) While being a tourist in Germany, even in big cities (Frankfurt am Main, ...


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My experience in Munich included many conversations like this: Me: "Ja, ein großes weißwurst und ein schwarzes Bier, bitte." Wurstmeister: "Would you like mustard and relish on your sausage?" My German friends (all of whom speak better English than some of my Canadian friends) are of the opinion that if the person has tried to learn even a little bit of ...


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Frankfurt is massively cosmopolitan and its taxi services are generally ready to work with you in English. This would hold true for locales extending north to the Taunus. Generally you would only need to carry one or two numbers anyway. You mentioned Seligenstadt and Oberstshasen, the former being further out and not a sure bet unless you plan ahead. ...



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