The overwhelming impression I take from Germany is the enduring similarity. We share the same climate, culture, customs and of course a love of beer. The major difference being the language. How on earth do you play Scrabble in a country where the average word has 20 characters?
There are of course exceptions. Some words are indeed very familiar. Especially if you are a Geordie, albeit a plastic one.
For example, Junge (pronounced Yunge) in Deutsch is boy and Young'n in Durham is brother or sibling.
Knacker in Deutsch is Euro 1.20 as illustrated above and Kunst is Art!
This can result in unfortunate complications when having a converstion with the locals after a few beers when you automatically lapse into the language of your birthplace.
Word of the week - Kunterbunte which actually means higgedly-piggedly or hotchpotch.
Love to all. Terri.