I am not the biggest fan of German culture, but I cannot understand people who have been here for years and refuse to learn German.
I know learning another language is hard, and everybody has their own pace. I’m not referring to them, but to people who flat-out refuse to learn it and have no plans to change that.
I honestly met so many expats in Spain and Latin America, and they all, even the most language-challenged ones, made an effort to learn some of the language.
Perhaps it’s because they’re in a sink-or-swim situation (nobody speaks English in these regions), or because it’s so much easier to make friends with Spanish speakers than with German speakers?
I think this is the key thing. Like in all aspects of life, germans seem to have no tolerance for mistakes.