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Generally speaking the German dialects are split into high German(Hochdeutsch) and low German (Niederdeutsch) vernaculars.
Northern vernaculars, such as the Schleswig, Holsatin, and Ostfriesian dialects, contain Low German.
Centrally located dialects such as Limburgish or Brandenburgische. In areas like Cologne (Ripuarian) and Hessen, Middle German is found.
Berlin is also right at the heart of the Middle German language area, but its dialect is metropolitan - A mixed dialect of a city consisting of vernaculars.
In the area stretching from Franconia through Austria and Switzerland, Upper German is spoken.
Hallo - Hello
Guten Morgen - Good Morning
Guten Tag - Good Day
Guten Abend - Good Evening
Auf Wiedersehen - Goodbye (formal)
Cio - Goodbye (borrowed from Italian, popular with younger Germans)
Bis Morgen - See you tomorrow
Wie ist ihr - What is your name?
Straightforward and direct speech is appreciated by the German culture, they are polite and the culture follows a formal communication style. Honesty is of extreme importance. They are diligent about thinking before speaking.
Small talk is not a part of the German culture, the German approach of being direct reduces the risk that people will not comprehend what was said.
Personal space and touching
Personal boundaries are very important, individuals from non-contact culture stand further apart. Hugs are reserved for family and friends, within the German community arms length distance is sufficient. Unless they are close friends, touching someone on the shoulder or arm to illustrate a point is usually appropriate, but can otherwise be seen as a sexual advancement. People prefer not to touch each other during conversation. It's courteous to apologize if you inadvertently knock into someone and say “Entschuldigung” (excuse me).
Eye contact and gestures
Germans, particularly during face-to-face conversations, respect eye contact, seeing it as a sign of sincerity and participation in the discussion. An individual is considered to be untrustworthy and of poor character who does not look you in the eye. With discretion, smiles are used, normally reserved only for close friends and relatives. As is popular in the United States, Germans do not usually smile to demonstrate politeness.
German Culture Reference Guide
German is the most widely spoken mother language and an official language in 5 countries in the European Union which include: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Liechtenstein, and Luxembourg. German is also an official language in Switzerland.