Acceptation or rejection?
Doing my EVS in Germany in short time I realized, that here the situation is totally different. Walking on the streets of Berlin I barely could hear someone speaking in German. For me it sounded amazing and my first thought was: so many different nationalities and interesting people at the same place can bring just positivism. But then I met a woman...
Growing up in East-Europe for me, and to my directly environment, was something typical to move, to study or simply just live especially in the west side of Europe. Surely the number of emigrants was (and still is) higher, than the number of immigrants, so my country did not have to deal with the big number of immigrants, with their culture, their education or with their daily lifestyle.
Doing my EVS in Germany in short time I realized that here the situation is totally different. Walking on the streets of Berlin I barely could hear someone speaking in German. For me it sounded amazing and my first thought was: so many different nationalities and interesting people at the same place can bring just positivism. Then I met a woman, a not German one, at my language course. Since I have never learned German before, I had to start everything from zero. Let’s call it officially A1 level. So I met this woman, she seemed really nice and I was highly motivated to meet new people. After asking her something in English, I realized that in this situation the only common language could be just German, both learning sentences like "Ich bin die..."/ "Ich komme aus… "/ "Ich bin … Jahre alt" etc. Anyway, I thought it's a good way to meet people and to practice the language. With the help of her hands she told me that she has been living in Germany for 22 (!!!) years… I was actually shocked and I am more than sure, that she could see this on my face. Entschuldigung.
Do not misunderstand me, I am not and I dont want to be in a position to judge anyone, but living in a foreign country for 22 years, the minimum what you, the citizen, can do, is to learn the language. Even if you don’t want to learn it and you are against it, your brain is functional. Or at least I thought this is the way how it’s working. But it seems I was wrong.
I started to have discussions about this topic with my German friends who assured me that at the moment Germany has some new rules: B1 level, orientation curses (so in this way nobody can confuse Switzerland with Germany) and lots of other programs. To be honest I find it an excellence initiative, but the only way that so many emigrants can live in peace in Germany is that they also are willing to learn… at least the language. Nobody is asking them to turn their back to their own culture or religion, just to integrate to the German society.
From my side this seems really understandable and acceptable. But will this ever work…?