Here's a chicken/egg question (sort of): which came first, language or cultural attributes?
If you think about it, language often reflects the character of a nationality. For example, German is rigid, complicated, and disciplined. Mistakes are immediately noticed and criticized. American English, on the other hand, is relaxed, forgiving, and easy-to-learn. (English is the world language because two people speaking it badly can still communicate!). Japanese is impossible to understand, much like the culture. And so on...
Which brings me back to my question: did language style evolve from national character or did it contribute to that character?
I recall scenes in war or spy movies, where someone is having his identity checked. The atmosphere is tense; only the audience knows the truth. Some soldier or police officer scrutinizes a forged passport, before the day of biometrics. If the official was German, it would have been much easier to quiz the person about articles of nouns. Only a native would pass the test. They make no sense and must be memorized from birth.
Why is a German table masculine (der Tisch), but a French one is feminine (la table)? See, they make no sense. American English is simpler; there is one article: the. It does not change, like the bloody German one (der, den, dem and that times three: masculine, feminine, neuter). The French are kinder to language students: there are only two articles, and they don't change...much.
Do the French enjoy life more, because the language is more melodic...or because the food is better? The famous chef, Paul Bocuse, was asked once what he thought about German cuisine; he replied that there was no such thing as German "cuisine", only the German manner of treating scraps. Of course, many Germans might agree. After all, there is a saying about living well, roughly translated as "living like God in France".
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.