Everybody who has spent time in a different country knows that expat life is not quite like anything else in the world. The confusion of the first few days and weeks, the slow, but steady process of acclimation, the little peculiarities and quirks that might strike you about your new surroundings: almost any situation you encounter can make for a great story. If you are so inclined and want to blog about it, of course!
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Part of what’s great about living abroad is the learning experience. I think we were pretty well prepared except for the language. It has taken much longer than anticipated to begin to understand German.
This is a rural community which is familiar to us too. The main difference is language. No amount of learning High German prepares you for local dialect. We never expected people to talk to us in English either.
If you are going to attempt to learn the language, insist that cashiers and servers at restaurants speak as much German as possible in order to at least learn the numbers. Don’t rely on their English, ask them to help you and they probably will. And always ask for a German menu along with the English so that you can learn the terms. I found myself always receiving English menus and then when I finally went to a restaurant without one, I didn’t understand it. Also, the translations are frequently off, so you just can’t trust the English menu.