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Hey I am in Germany now and I am not sure about the custom to say hello to someone? Like what is the gesture? Is it the same for everybody?
asked Oct 5, 2015 in Home & Living by Tata (270 points)

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In terms of gestures:
You shake hands (with both men and women) on formal occasions, such as an interview at an Amt or for a job. You also usually shake hands upon first meeting someone, when you introduce yourself (both formal and informal occasions).
Otherwise there is not necessarily a gesture, just say hello :)
Hugs and/or kisses are usually reserved for close friends or relatives.

answered Oct 5, 2015 by Neram (900 points)
Also possible you might nod to someone while you say "hello" or instead of saying something. Always people look in eachothers eyes ! This is not usual in several countries. But looking face to face is normal here and ist not polite to look away, when you are talking to someone ore greeting someone. And normally we are smiling when we are greeting. This behavior also is usual between men and woman, even if they don't know each other. Otherwise you shouldn't exaggerate this smiling and looking in my eye ;-) Try to observe other germans, how they look and behave when they meet other people.
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Hello Tata! I found this Guide for Orientation and Communication in Germany. I hope it helps:

It is available in all these languages:
    englisch / english
    französisch / français
    arabisch / العربية
    pashto / ‏‏پښتو‎
    persisch (farsi/dari) / فارسی
    tigrinya / ትግርኛ – tǝgrǝñña
    serbisch / srpski
    serbisch / српски
    albanisch / shqiptar
    mazedonisch / македонски
answered Oct 9, 2015 by Beatriz (6,640 points)
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