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Today is the day...(English to German switch)

After almost two years of working in English, French, Italian, and Spanish (and very happily so, if I may add) here in Switzerland, today is the day that a colleague hands me a 10cm folder full of highly complex technical stuff to study, analyze, and based on which I am to make a business proposal...and the 10cm thick folder stuff is all IN GERMAN!

Objection: but...but...I just started the A2 class...

Answer: oh, that's a good learning experience. Good luck. See you tomorrow with the business proposal in hand.

I want to cry. Or, alternatively, have a drink. No, I'll cry

Has anyone been in a similar experience of switching from a non-German environment to a German one in their current job? How are people coping?

(Mods: I put this in employment, but feel free to move if you think there is a more appropriate section. It concerns language, but it's not really about classes and such, and it's not really a rant...more a desperate cry).

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Old 15.02.2012, 17:57
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federica, you should have been worried if this day had never come! this means you are now taken seriously as a "german speaking business partner". and I'm sure it will be difficult and just as sure you'll make it!!!

(just imagine how good this will be for your self esteem)


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After almost two years of working in English, French, Italian, and Spanish (and very happily so, if I may add) here in Switzerland, today is the day that a colleague hands me a 10cm folder full of highly complex technical stuff to study, analyze, and based on which I am to make a business proposal...IN GERMAN!

Objection: but...but...I just started the A2 class...

Answer: oh, that's a good learning experience. Good luck. See you tomorrow with the business proposal in hand.

I want to cry. Or, alternatively, have a drink. No, I'll cry

Has anyone been in a similar experience of switching from a non-German environment to a German one in their current job? How are people coping?

(Mods: I put this in employment, but feel free to move if you think there is a more appropriate section. It concerns language, but it's not really about classes and such, and it's not really a rant...more a desperate cry).
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Good luck and congratulations
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federica, you should have been worried if this day had never come! this means you are now taken seriously as a "german speaking business partner". and I'm sure it will be difficult and just as sure you'll make it!!!

(just imagine how good this will be for your self esteem)
I remember the first time I had to teach in German--probably the most stressful day of my life. Still to this day I fell like the dumbest idiot in the world whenever I try and speak high-germans. Speaking high-german is definitely suicide for my self-esteem So I now attempt to never speak german.

But best of luck! I am a poor language person, so I'm not a good example! I'm sure you'll do fine and it will only get easier
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After almost two years of working in English, French, Italian, and Spanish (and very happily so, if I may add) here in Switzerland, today is the day that a colleague hands me a 10cm folder full of highly complex technical stuff to study, analyze, and based on which I am to make a business proposal...and the 10cm thick folder stuff is all IN GERMAN!

Objection: but...but...I just started the A2 class...

Answer: oh, that's a good learning experience. Good luck. See you tomorrow with the business proposal in hand.

I want to cry. Or, alternatively, have a drink. No, I'll cry

Has anyone been in a similar experience of switching from a non-German environment to a German one in their current job? How are people coping?

(Mods: I put this in employment, but feel free to move if you think there is a more appropriate section. It concerns language, but it's not really about classes and such, and it's not really a rant...more a desperate cry).
Congratulations, use it as an ego booster. You've been accepted! Just think, after tomorrow, everything else they present to you will be chump cause you will have done worse. A good learning and life experience .

Also, when I drink, I tend to find myself speaking the local language better. (Try it out) The downside is that my penmanship suffers but that's why computers come with autocorrect eh?!
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You can do it!!
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Remind me again about the relaxing Swiss work environment.
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Yes, no kidding! Relaxing???

Perhaps I should have put 'Fill in the blank to German switch'.

Thanks everyone for the positive energy!
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Re: Today is the day...(English to German switch)

Best of luck today, Federica! Hopefully you will look back on this day as a turning point in your career that resulted in many newly opened doors of opportunity!
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Quick update, my friends: proposal was received warmly, we are invited to discuss more* next week. Yippeee!

*Auf Deutsch, of course...brrrr....
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Re: Today is the day...(English to German switch)

Well done Federica!
That made me wonder when will I face a similar situation... Look forward to that although my German is still far away from that.
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Re: Today is the day...(English to German switch)

congratulations federica (not that I ever doubted it)!
the german speaking business world lies at your feet

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Well, it will be a good learning experience.

Thread title made me thing of this, maybe it will take your mind off the stress:
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After almost two years of working in English, French, Italian, and Spanish (and very happily so, if I may add) here in Switzerland, today is the day that a colleague hands me a 10cm folder full of highly complex technical stuff to study, analyze, and based on which I am to make a business proposal...and the 10cm thick folder stuff is all IN GERMAN!

Objection: but...but...I just started the A2 class...

Answer: oh, that's a good learning experience. Good luck. See you tomorrow with the business proposal in hand.

I want to cry. Or, alternatively, have a drink. No, I'll cry

Has anyone been in a similar experience of switching from a non-German environment to a German one in their current job? How are people coping?

(Mods: I put this in employment, but feel free to move if you think there is a more appropriate section. It concerns language, but it's not really about classes and such, and it's not really a rant...more a desperate cry).
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good luck!
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Hi Federica

Congrats on the new challenge in your vocational life

German's a nasty piece of work, but one thing that helps me get through huge piles of text is the table of contents. Try not to get lost in the details right up font.

OK I assume that the document has been written cohesively (well structured and organised) and coherantly (clearly). Unfortunately this can't always be taken for granted .

Find and read the overview/purpose then find out what the level 1 headings are to give you an idea what the general idea is first. Then gradually work down in to the details.

Hope this helps . Sounds like you nailed it anyways.

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Shalom! Sounds tough, good luck with this!

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After almost two years of working in English, French, Italian, and Spanish (and very happily so, if I may add) here in Switzerland, today is the day that a colleague hands me a 10cm folder full of highly complex technical stuff to study, analyze, and based on which I am to make a business proposal...and the 10cm thick folder stuff is all IN GERMAN!

Objection: but...but...I just started the A2 class...

Answer: oh, that's a good learning experience. Good luck. See you tomorrow with the business proposal in hand.

I want to cry. Or, alternatively, have a drink. No, I'll cry

Has anyone been in a similar experience of switching from a non-German environment to a German one in their current job? How are people coping?

(Mods: I put this in employment, but feel free to move if you think there is a more appropriate section. It concerns language, but it's not really about classes and such, and it's not really a rant...more a desperate cry).
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