nightrose83 (nightrose83) wrote in little_details,
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Hi all,

Had a scenario/some questions about Germany that I'd like some details on.



Background: Futuristic, mostly-like-our-world USA. MC is discussing his family background with a coworker, who learns he knows English and German fluently. He has family in Germany and his mother was raised in Frankfurt am Main. MC was also born there but moved to America with his mother as a young child when she remarried. So, my questions are:

1. How well would MC's mother know English if she was born in the mid-1970s and had a higher education? I've Googled several questions about this subject and have received varying replies, but the general consensus is, 'If the person is currently 40ish (as of the year 2002) and under, kept up with their English, and lived in a city with Anerican military bases/tourism, most people wouldn't have trouble understading him/her. The percent goes down the older the person in question gets, or if they haven't kept up with their English.' I wanted to make sure that was accurate before relying on it. Better safe than sorry.

2. What mistakes might she make with her English that a native English speaker might pick up on? While the languages share some similar traits, the sentence structure is different from my understanding.

3. More of a bonus question, really, but if MC's mother is moving from Germany to the US, what sort of culture shock might she experience in terms of overall culture changes and peoples' mannerisms? I know this may vary, but want a general idea.

Research: Googled several variants of 'how well do Germans know English?' and also plugged the city name in.

I'm looking for detailed, concise answers over bits and pieces, and unfortunately I won't have time to thank everyone individually for their responses. However, I'm grateful for any accurate information I may receive.

Edit 2: Looks like I'm good to go, thanks! I've read all the later-added entries, but since I'm writing, I probably won't be revisiting the thread. Big thanks to all who answered!
Tags: germany (misc), germany: education (misc), ~languages: german
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