Originally Posted by haiqu
OK, now imagine having to go that far and then move to a different unknown country with a new language and culture every three months. Nightmare territory.
Europeans fundamentally pretty much the same as other folks in the West (except some wave arms around a bit more than usual
) - they just talk a different lingo
Easy enough to pick up the basics (numbers = cash
, and a few pleasantaries - and how to order a beer
and tell the locals to eff orf
) will get you quite far, for the rest there is the phrase book
- or getting to know folks who are bilingual (locals or other foreigners).
folks can be very different in attitude / mentality as well as lingo, for some that is fun - for others a living nightmare (for me in SEA it was both!) - my advice is to start of on the beaten path (everywhere has one to some degree) rather than starting of in a place which is not used to dealing with (or seeing?!) any foreigners........but what's the point of going foreign if everyone is exactly the same as at home?
TBH, once you get used to being in places where your lingo is limited and the locals all look a bit odd
- it really don't matter which country you are in!.....what you learn is the ability to deal with that, and mostly that playing self in slowly and not sweating that yer don't know everything on day 1 (and likely won't get "everything" even after 20 years!).
And don't forget the old native English
speakers foreign lingo "trick" - speak slowly and loudly whilst either waving arms around or miming what you are after.....it doesn't always help
- but tends to keep the locals amused