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Welcome to Germany, a country where you should always wait at
the red man, show up on time for your wedding, and be extremely
suspicious if anyone offers you a doughnut. ‘German men sit down to pee’
is a tongue-in-cheek guidebook to German culture that highlights the
rules Germans consciously and unconsciously follow, while trying to make
a little sense of it all along the way. Why, for example, mowing your
lawn on a Sunday will mean getting an earful from your neighbour, but
lie naked in the middle of a public park and nobody will bat an eyelid.
Ideal for anyone visiting or moving to Germany, ‘German Men Sit Down to
Pee’ offers a collection of insights into German culture while at the
same time highlighting rules and cultural norms that those visiting
Germany will not only find humorous but useful for avoiding any cultural
faux-pas.

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Reviews for German Men Sit Down to Pee and Other Insights into German Culture:

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Feb 03, 2016

This was a really interesting little book (it's around 115 pages) and I loved that it was factual but didn't take itself to seriously. It covers everything you can think of about day to day life in Germany - shopping, work, spending habits, rule following, and holidays to name a few.
I know a number of people who travel to Germany for work and I think this book would be very useful - especially the section on meetings.
I learned that there are almost as many types of sausages as there are beer This was a really interesting little book (it's around 115 pages) and I loved that it was factual but didn't take itself to seriously. It covers everything you can think of about day to day life in Germany - shopping, work, spending habits, rule following, and holidays to name a few.
I know a number of people who travel to Germany for work and I think this book would be very useful - especially the section on meetings.
I learned that there are almost as many types of sausages as there are beer and that some are very rare. That patriotism is a conflicting emotion for most Germans and that history is taken very seriously. Actually most things are taken pretty seriously - including bathroom habits!
The description of the Christmas Markets made me want to plan a trip to Germany (in German style - about 2 years in advance. Another positive thing about going in December is that I'd miss the asparagus season. My dislike of asparagus and my complete lack of punctuality pretty much confirm my complete lack of German roots
This quick read was light and informative. I would have liked some personal stories and some more details about the authors' experiences in Germany I think would have made this book more interesting. If you're heading over to Germany or someone from Germany is heading over here pick up this book so you don't make the faux-pas of trying to make small talk or not taking your hobby seriously.
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Nov 30, 2015

This book is absolutely essential for anyone planning to move to Germany. As someone who's lived in Berlin I found myself laughing along in agreement and also having a few "aha" moments as I realised why people behaved a certain way. I especially enjoyed the section on German weddings. I'll be adding a WC Geist to my Christmas list: no "stehpinklers" in my house, please.
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Dec 08, 2019

A useful short read for people who are not familiar with German culture. It didn't have much useful stuff for me, but I believe it can be good for people who don't know anything about Germany and like to visit it or work here.
I disagree with the author's take on the national pride (in chapter 27)
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Sep 14, 2016

This book has a great title with a not so well known insight into German culture.
Lots of great information in this book.
But perhaps it could be more compelling with even more humour and anecdotes.
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Sep 27, 2016

If you're looking for a book with an in-depth look at the toilet habits of men in Germany, this title is not for you. However, if you're like those men in that you like to sit down when you pee, this book is great toilet reading.

Short, snappy chapters give great insight into German culture, traditions and thinking. At times this will seem completely alien and bizarre, at others so intelligent and full of common sense that you'll wonder why we don't all act like that.

The authors clearly know If you're looking for a book with an in-depth look at the toilet habits of men in Germany, this title is not for you. However, if you're like those men in that you like to sit down when you pee, this book is great toilet reading.

Short, snappy chapters give great insight into German culture, traditions and thinking. At times this will seem completely alien and bizarre, at others so intelligent and full of common sense that you'll wonder why we don't all act like that.

The authors clearly know what they're talking about, and their insider knowledge of the country and its behaviours shines through. They make light reading of what could potentially be heavy going, and mix in plenty of humour and interesting suggestions for things to try in Germany.

I've no plans to visit Germany at the moment, but if I do go I'll be sure to re-read this. I'd definitely recommend it to travellers or those thinking of making the move over there. Even if you only pick up one or two tips, it's sure to help you fit in and avoid awkward situations. ...more
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Feb 23, 2016

Not only do German men sit down to pee, some toilets come with voice-activated reminders for the user to squat when they tinkle. I've loved almost everything about Germans ever since I worked a couple of winter seasons in the Everglades. They always came across as much more authentic and a bit crazy and quirky compared to the Italian and French visitors. I wish I would have read this book before my Oktoberfest trip a couple of years ago, but I still appreciate being able to learn more about Not only do German men sit down to pee, some toilets come with voice-activated reminders for the user to squat when they tinkle. I've loved almost everything about Germans ever since I worked a couple of winter seasons in the Everglades. They always came across as much more authentic and a bit crazy and quirky compared to the Italian and French visitors. I wish I would have read this book before my Oktoberfest trip a couple of years ago, but I still appreciate being able to learn more about their culture. The book is quite in-depth in its short passages that cover a wealth of topics. The only drawback was the formatting. I prefer indented paragraphs with no extra spacing between. I came away from the read with lots of great new trivia in my head I can now impress (or torture) people with. It would be great to see an even longer book on this subject with even more anecdotes about specific people to help drive different points home. ...more
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Dec 12, 2015

This is a fun but genuinely helpful book that gives newcomers, expats, and visitors to Deutschland good, accurate information and insight into German customs--all while making you chuckle. A pretty fast read, I wish this had been around before I moved to Germany! I had worried that it would just be like reading a few blog posts or top tens on the Internet, but it wasn't. Although some of the information is familiar to me after over 3 years of living here as an expat, I still managed to learn This is a fun but genuinely helpful book that gives newcomers, expats, and visitors to Deutschland good, accurate information and insight into German customs--all while making you chuckle. A pretty fast read, I wish this had been around before I moved to Germany! I had worried that it would just be like reading a few blog posts or top tens on the Internet, but it wasn't. Although some of the information is familiar to me after over 3 years of living here as an expat, I still managed to learn something. The author provides historical and cultural references within his anecdotes, so while the book reads fast and primarily entertains, you *do* walk away feeling like you've learned something. That's important, and I think this book made the grade. ...more
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Oct 25, 2016


This book was so much fun to read! Being the daughter of a German-born Mom, I've learned of things NOT to do or say while visiting Germany that my own mother hasn't taught me. I'm ever so grateful for Niklas Frank and James Cave's words of wisdom! This book is a must have if you ever decide to visit Germany or move there (and WHY WOULDN'T YOU????) Buy this book! NOW!
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Dec 06, 2015

3,5*

Apparently I'm German at heart. Or so it seems after readig this book.

I know it's generalizing a lot but it's still informative, while being witty and interesting as well. All I need now is a ticket to some German town where I could confront it with reality.
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Mar 03, 2018

This was a fast easy read, and has plenty of humour about the German culture. I enjoyed it.

I was surprised, both by how many stereotypes about Germans are apparently accurate based on this book, as well as learning some things about German culture that I didn't know [such as that prostitution is legal there as well as in Holland].

The authors of this book are very obviously supportive and positive about Germany, its culture and its people. When they poke fun at things Germans do, or don't do This was a fast easy read, and has plenty of humour about the German culture. I enjoyed it.

I was surprised, both by how many stereotypes about Germans are apparently accurate based on this book, as well as learning some things about German culture that I didn't know [such as that prostitution is legal there as well as in Holland].

The authors of this book are very obviously supportive and positive about Germany, its culture and its people. When they poke fun at things Germans do, or don't do [such as walk against the traffic lights, even at 2 a.m. when there are no cars or people in sight!] is always gently and with obvious affection.

This is a great book to check out if you are planning to visit Germany, and especially if you plan to live there for any length of time as it will make acclimating much less confusing and stressful. ...more
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Sep 20, 2019

This book was a gift from a German Easter Bunny, I read it when I was already quite familiar with German culture, but haven't noted anything down. So I reread it to refresh my mind and I can say that it's pretty good, it doesn't pretend to be something too serious, just a nice read that offers a few tips and insights for those who are interested in visiting Germany, many (or most) of which can be applied to other countries and people as well.
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Jan 11, 2018

I want to start by saying that I have no idea if the title is true nor do I want to know. I already knew a lot of the stuff in here but I did learn a few things.

Thanks you Brita for giving it to me. It was a lot of fun.
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Jul 23, 2019

Fun read and interestingly accurate in many regards. I saw quite a few of these rules first hand. Ultimately, though, this book was a blast to read, regardless of whether or not it was a good prep for visiting Germany.
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Aug 19, 2018

quite funny book on German culture and customs. An easy read, but a lot of generalization. A good pastime easy read.
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May 03, 2018

Funny and insightful

Must read before embarking on Germany tour. Stuff you might not know but should be aware of about German psyche.
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May 15, 2016

Bah!

Very disappointed. Other similar books, while perhaps a few years older, are more interesting and humorous. And, while more recently published, this effort adds little that is new and is often overly brief. Most of the content likely can be found for free with a little searching on the web.

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