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Old 03-28-2011, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Cali
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Spill crumbs on the tablecloth and the first one to grab a dustbuster is a German.
Germans are known for their cleanliness.lol

 
Old 03-29-2011, 03:19 PM
 
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Well here in America we're all becoming "Heinz 57s".lol

Although there is a big difference between being half Haitian and half Irish for example, being half Irish and half Polish. The half Haitian and half Irish person will be seen as Biracial or even Black. While the half Irish and half Polish person will just be seen as White.
 
Old 03-30-2011, 01:10 PM
 
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There is no single "German" look anyway, even in Germany. The nordic looking ones up North look a lot different from the darker bavarians. Since Germans came to this country from all different parts, I don't think there's a distinguishing appearance they brought with them.
I'm mostly descended from the darker bavarians. I always wondered why everyone thought Germans were blonde/blue-eyed....almost everyone in my family has dark hair/dark brown eyes.
 
Old 03-30-2011, 01:12 PM
 
Location: NC, USA
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How do you distinguish Germans from other Europeans?

Accent.
 
Old 03-30-2011, 01:31 PM
 
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I agree with the other posters, it's really not an easy task, esp since most Americans who say they're German, Irish, etc, are probably only 50% that, and 50% mixed other. There aren't really many Americans today who are not a mix of nationalities, except those who have only been here 1-2 generations.

And coloring is not a good indication; ex, my uncle has black hair, dark skin, dark eyes; my other uncle has blonde hair, blue eyes, very pale skin. Same parents, same possibilities, different outcomes. My mother's a mix, black hair, dark eyes, very pale skin.
 
Old 03-31-2011, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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I'm mostly descended from the darker bavarians. I always wondered why everyone thought Germans were blonde/blue-eyed....almost everyone in my family has dark hair/dark brown eyes.
My great-great-great grandmother was called "Black dutch." I'm not sure if she was Dutch or German, though.
 
Old 03-31-2011, 11:03 AM
 
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I agree with the other posters, it's really not an easy task, esp since most Americans who say they're German, Irish, etc, are probably only 50% that, and 50% mixed other. There aren't really many Americans today who are not a mix of nationalities, except those who have only been here 1-2 generations.

And coloring is not a good indication; ex, my uncle has black hair, dark skin, dark eyes; my other uncle has blonde hair, blue eyes, very pale skin. Same parents, same possibilities, different outcomes. My mother's a mix, black hair, dark eyes, very pale skin.
Your German uncle has dark skin ? Dark skin compared to a freckled face Scottish redhead, but I doubt your uncle would be considered darkskin if he were standing next to the average Guatemalan for example.
 
Old 03-31-2011, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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My great-great-great grandmother was called "Black dutch." I'm not sure if she was Dutch or German, though.
Lots of folks called that in my neck of the woods in Missouri, they're all of German descent.
 
Old 03-31-2011, 11:49 AM
 
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Hello. I am Asian American living in U.S. I have a number of European American friends and often get it wrong on guessing their ancestry. For instance, I can't distinguish between Germans and Irish or between Spanish and Portuguese.

Without relying upon their last name for guessing their nationality, do you know a way to accurately determine how to distinguish German Americans from other European Americans? For instance, what is the typical facial feature of Germans in distinction with other Europeans? On one more note, is it true that Germans are almost never late to a meeting?

Thanks in advance for any insights.
"You all look the same to me."

LOL


But seriously. I CAN tell a Japanese person from a Chinese person based just on facial features. Japanese just look different. But a Korean? I couldn't tell you.

One thing that I have heard is a German facial feature is a pronounced frenulum - that groove that runs vertically between the bottom of your nose and your upper lip.

Not sure how true that is, but I have a pretty noticeable one, as does my daughter, and I have a lot of German ancestry. My wife is Mexican, and practically doesn't have one at all...
 
Old 03-31-2011, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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"You all look the same to me."

LOL


But seriously. I CAN tell a Japanese person from a Chinese person based just on facial features. Japanese just look different. But a Korean? I couldn't tell you.

One thing that I have heard is a German facial feature is a pronounced frenulum - that groove that runs vertically between the bottom of your nose and your upper lip.

Not sure how true that is, but I have a pretty noticeable one, as does my daughter, and I have a lot of German ancestry. My wife is Mexican, and practically doesn't have one at all...
Theres a high German population where I come from, I've heard that about the frenulum my entire life.....I have one, so did my dad, (100% German) I've noticed that about people in my hometown.....glad to know I'm not the only one who has heard that!
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