The giving and receiving of compliments is an every day experience for all of us. “That top looks good on you”, “you played well at the game yesterday” or even “you have a nice smile”. Unfortunately, compliments are easily misunderstood, especially by foreigners in Germany (including us).
The compliment is a suitable speech act to investigate when comparing cultures. It acts as a window through which we can see or view what is valued within a particular culture.
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