Germany Economic Facts

- Germany is the most populous country of the European Union
- Ethnic groups: German 91.5%, Turkish 2.4%, other 6.1% (made up largely of Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, other European); Danish minority in the north, Sorbian (Slavic) minority in the east
- population is well educated with modern and cosmopolitan views
- fair amount of plurality in the lifestyles and diversity in the cultures
- demographic challenges such as aging population, immigration issues, depleting incomes due to world economic crisis
- the business culture in Germany is unique in the world
- engineers and managers are given higher appreciation than accountants and lawyers; the people on the job have good academics and technical proficiency
- hierarchy is prominent in almost every organization and most of the power is vested in the hands of top level senior managers
- roles and responsibilities are strictly defined and the business processes are very well defined
- people tend to be less social in the working environment and separate work life and personal life
- teamwork could probably be best described as a group of individuals working to a specific leader towards a recognizable goal
- one of the qualities of Germans is that they put facts ahead of emotions and hence behave very objectively
- they have a direct communication style  
- German industry is very diversified and in many sectors it is a global leader
- Germany’s greatest strength is its automobile industry
- the country committed itself to developing renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power
- infrastructural facilities are very strong in Germany which facilitates the growth of any business in the country
- it has one of the world’s most technologically advanced telecommunications systems
- the broadcasting media, especially TV and radio, is deeply penetrated as more than 90% of homes have cable TV, which provides ample opportunities for effective business promotions and marketing
- internet population is 20.416 million which is 5th-largest in the world despite a population of only about 80 million
- well-developed transportation systems in terms of airways, railways, roadways, ports etc.

Source: A YUM brand/Taco Bell Market Analysis info sheet on Germany

The NASA Village

Today in the NASA Village… Through the Prism of Language.

Dr. Hansen has been my Russian language instructor for the past 10 years.

”As a Russian/English language instructor at NASA, I’m proud to help my astronaut and cosmonaut students build these bridges – one brick, one word, one grammar rule, one step a time.”  

Why is it so important for astronauts to learn Russian? The first module Zarya (Sunrise, a joint Russian-US endeavor), was launched on November 20, 1998 from a Russian rocket. Two weeks later, the United States launched the second module “Unity,” aboard a Shuttle, and the two were joined by astronauts using the Canadian robotic arm of the Shuttle. The first crew arrived in November 2000.  

Since then, 4 Russian modules and 6 additional US modules, 1 European module and 2 Japanese modules, have been added to build the station into the masterpiece it is today.  Due to all the coordination that had to take place at the beginning of this vast enterprise, the expedition 1 crew were quoted as speaking “Runglish”. The International Space Station is one world’s best examples of pioneering science and research despite political affiliations. In order to ensure that the crews can operate as one, the Russian crews learn English and the US crews learn Russian. European and Japanese crews have the distinct disadvantages of having to know both of these languages as well as their own. Personally, language was more difficult than learning orbital mechanics! I tell the new guys, the first 10 years was the hardest, but most of them are way more talented than I am.

Training in Russia is performed in Russian, while training in Colonge, Tskuba (near Tokyo), Montreal, or Houston is conducted in English. It is critical that in an emergency situation, the entire crew is functioning as one. In some cases, that means knowing mutually your own/your crew mates well enough to understand their language capabilities and compensating such that communication is always clear. I think that is where “Runglish” came from. Beyond safety, however, another main reason that we need to understand each other’s language is the ability to reach out to each other, with our words and with our minds, to better learn each other’s cultures, and ways of thinking.  

My Expedition 5 Insignia- representing the partnership of the U.S. and Russia

As Elena demonstrates through her passion about her subject, learning another’s language is not just about learning the right words.

“Learning languages is certainly much more than memorizing words and wading through the jungle of grammar, trying to figure out what participles are and how exactly they could be used. In fact, it is a painstaking, meticulous, and – to be truthful – never-ending job of building bridges of mutual understanding between individuals and nations. It is through the prism of languages that we learn who we are, how we perceive ourselves and others, why we can be so similar and so different. These processes do much to promote our learning of how to become one family of human beings on the planet Earth. For those advancing the frontier of human presence in the Universe, everything begins with their ability to communicate with each other on-board their space vehicles.”

Get to know Elena in this interview we recorded for Tumblr!

Why Russian?

Why do you love your job?

How long have you known Peggy?

What does International Co-operation mean to you?

Next time on the NASA Village… Robotic Arms.

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Tbh, I’m not sure they’re going to change the setlist for the next legs of the tour because they are mostly visiting places they didn’t during WWAT.

  • EUROPE: Out of the 6 european countries they are visiting they are only repeating 2: Sweeden, and Denmark (both in different cities).
  • CANADA: They only went to Toronto for WWAT and they are visiting it again, yes, but along with another 5 places they didn’t during the last tour.
  • U.S: 17 different cities. From those cities, they are repeating 4 cities and 7 states. They are visiting 13 cities they didn’t play on WWAT. 
  • UK & IRELAND: Out of the 4 cities they went to on WWAT, only 3 are in this tour (London, Manchester and Dublin), and they have added 5 new cities for this tour.
So there’s that.

Edited because I forgot about Denmark. Sorry!

Happy 113th Real Madrid:

- Santillana, who is Real Madrid’s fourth-highest all-time top goalscorer, retired from football      in 1988 at the age of 36. 
- Santiago Bernabeu was Madrid’s club president for almost 35yrs: 6 European Cups 16 La       Liga 6 Copas del Rey 1 Intercontinental Cup 
- Zidane retired after the 2006 World Cup at the age of 34, having spent the last five seasons   of his career at Real Madrid. 
- Del Bosque spent 30 years in total at Real Madrid (first team and reserve team). He won        nine trophies as a player and seven as a coach.
- Benzema has scored two goals or more on 25 occasions for Real Madrid. 
 - Madrid’s longest-standing player is Iker, who has won 18 trophies for the club. Gento holds     the Real Madrid record with 23 titles. 
- Munoz is the club’s longest-serving coach, totalling 15 years and 604 competitive matches.      He won 14 titles during that span. 
- Between 1961-80, Los Blancos were so dominant in Spain that they won 14 La Liga titles      in 20 seasons. Between 1961-90, Madrid won 19. 
- Real Madrid’s biggest victory in any competition was against Barca as Los Blancos beat      them 11-1 in a Copa del Rey 1942/43. 
- Real’s biggest defeat in La Liga was against Espanyol when they lost 8-1 in 1929-30. 
- Cristiano Ronaldo’s 46 goals in La Liga in 2011-12 is the highest by any Madrid player in        La Liga.
- The exact time was 44:36 when Zidane scored his left-footed volley for Madrid in the 2002       Champions League final. 
- Ferenc Puskas was almost 39 when he played his last season for Real Madrid in the 1965/66 campaign. 
- Despite spending much of his time on the bench, Isco made more appearances (53) than       any other Madrid player in 2013/14. 
- Florentino Perez is 67 years old but turns 68 on March 8, his birthday just two days after       Real Madrid’s anniversary. 
- Mourinho won 128 of his 178 games to record a 71.91% ratio in his three seasons in charge   at Real Madrid.Ancelotti has 77.23% so far. 
- Real Madrid have a slight edge in the Clasico, with 92 wins in official matches to                 Barcelona’s 88 victories. 
- Raul played 741 times for Madrid, but Iker has featured 711 times for Los Blancos and is still    only 33. 
- Madrid have scored 113 goals in all competitions so far this term. Their highest total came in    2013-14, when they netted 160. 
- Figo was the 15th player to switch directly from Barca to Los Blancos. The first was Alfonso    Albeniz.