Not literal-minded

Yes or no. They seem clear, digital, literal. Words. Unmistakable. Unmißverständlich. un-misunderstandable. Hard, definitive, immovable. Not just the German logic at play here. English as a foreign language, also. Sure, Germans speak English well, some very well, not a few exceptionally well.

But what about nuances? Language is not mathematics. It is far more complex. Kulturbedingt. Imbedded in, shaped by, determined by, understood through national culture. Germans are Germans. Americans are Americans. National culture is a harder fact than any mathematical one.

Many Germans speak English more literally, because it is for them a foreign language. Nuanced thinkers they are. In their language. Germans. They can be literal, but they are most certainly not literal-minded.