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Although many German business people speak English, it’s a sign of courtesy and respect to make an attempt to use some German when communicating with your German business partner.   Follow these tips below to impress and build trust with your German business client.     What to call people in German   Formal address: Sie, not du There are two ways to say “you” in German: the formal “Sie” and the informal...

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Germany is Europe’s largest economy and second most populous nation. It has the fifth largest economy in the world and is a leading exporter of machinery, vehicles, chemicals and household equipment. Germany has a very strong technical and engineering background, and is very well known for these types of products. It has a highly skilled labor force and a very stable economy. It is the...

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Although most German business people speak English, your German counterpart will be impressed if you attempt to speak a little of their language. Read below to find out how to introduce yourself, ask for someone on the phone, ask politely to switch to English, and say goodbye.     Greetings:   When you call a business in Germany, they will commonly state the company name before their own name when...

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Finding an international supplier is a challenge, but with the reputation for quality, it is worth your while to find a German supplier. Germany typically produces products in the following categories: aerospace, automotive, chemical, communications technology, electronics, food and beverage, healthcare, machinery and equipment, and nanotechnology. For more about Germany and German business culture read our comprehensive guide.   You can find a supplier either online or...

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Understanding German business culture is a study of its own. Germans differ from their US counterparts significantly because they maintain a separation between their business lives and private lives -- they work hard and they play hard. Read below for a list of German proverbs and how they help you understand German business culture.   1. Aller Anfang ist schwer. Literal translation: “All beginnings are hard.”   What it means...

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