1. You’ll get weird looks for smiling in public.
Americans in particular are used to smiling, especially when they’re feeling nervous or trying to fit in. When you move to Germany, you’ll be surrounded by an unfamiliar landscape, language, and people. The urge to grin maniacally at strangers to smooth over your frequent social faux pas may become overwhelming. Don’t be alarmed if you get the German stare back, however. In Germany, smiling for no reason is considered a sign of mental weakness.