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IKEA Dietlikon

Hello

I'm about to move into a new-build apartment and for some reason landlord has decided to provide blinds for every window other than for the one I need them the most - bathroom! I thought I'd go here to look for them but website is in German (only just arrived in Zurich so haven't had chance to learn yet)
www.ikea.com/Dietlikon

Has anybody whose visited this store know whether the staff speak English and be willing to help me?

If not, could anyone tell me what the German phrase is for "bathroom roller blinds"?

Similarly, they haven't installed a shower curtain either so if anyone knows the German equivalent for that as well that'd be great.

I'm going round in circles trying to use Google translate

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Old 21.07.2015, 20:44
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Re: IKEA Dietlikon

No idea if anyone there speaks English.

Shower curtain: Duschvorhang

Bathroom roller blinds: Rollgardinen/Rollos für das Badezimmer
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Old 21.07.2015, 20:49
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Re: IKEA Dietlikon

Roller blind is Rollo and shower curtain is Duschvorhang.

What I do is look at ikea.co.uk, find what I want, then search for the name on the ikea.ch website.
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Re: IKEA Dietlikon

One thing I usually do is to go to the Ikea UK website, find the product I want, copy the Swedish name onto the ikea.ch site, and check that said item is the same. They almost always have the same name and even product number.

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Old 21.07.2015, 20:57
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...Similarly, they haven't installed a shower curtain either ...
They generally don't. It's up to you to bring your own. Take a look at the shower curtain rod (if provided) before you go buy the curtain. Our first rod had a slot that you put the curtain hooks into. Our second rod is the round type where you put the hooks over it.

You'll also need to buy your own light fixtures.
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Instructions on how to assemble and attach a shower curtain rod to your walls here: Thanks for nothing. [shower curtain rods]
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Re: IKEA Dietlikon

I've been there few years ago, there are some who can speak English, it is likely that you find someone who can at least communicate in English.

Prepare for the worst though, in order to minimize English communication to the minimum, make a file of all your items of interest, either use the UK site as suggested above, or translate the whole site of IKEA using translator.

Next, write down the product numbers with the name of the item in a word document, in case you'd have questions it is always easier to just point into the item on your print out, they will look it up on the system and from there it is easier for both of you to know what are you talking about, rather then trying to describe it from the scratch.

Finally, the shower curtain rod, you could also buy at COOP city or Manor, they usually don't need drilling and easy to set up.

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Re: IKEA Dietlikon

It is almost certain that they will. Staff members will have little flags under their name badges showing the languages they speak. If the nearby Spreitenbach branch is anything to go by, this will be over 2/3 of them
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...Prepare for the worst though, in order to minimize English communication to the minimum, make a file of all your items of interest, either use the UK site as suggested above, or translate the whole site of IKEA using translator...
I've found this is actually easier in the long run instead of trying to convince someone to speak English. Half the time they have not learned the English word for the item I'm seeking. If it's something straightforward, I make a Google-translated list and then point to items on the list and ask where to find it (in German). If it's more tricky, I print a picture and then point to the picture. Works well.
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If it's more tricky, I print a picture and then point to the picture. Works well.
The PONS Bildwörterbuch are really handy for this and extremely comprehensive. Not knowing the specific words for e.g. window latches, window frames, types of floor covering etc. when visiting apartments, I just had to look
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Re: IKEA Dietlikon

Great shower curtains in Ikea, as good as Spirella these days
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Great shower curtains in Ikea, as good as Spirella these days


I disagree. The curtains sold at Ikea are only one width (180 cm). So if you have a shower stall, not a bathtub/shower, the Ikea curtains are too big.


When it comes to washing, the curtains at Ikea cannot be bleached whereas
Spirella curtains can.
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I've found this is actually easier in the long run instead of trying to convince someone to speak English. Half the time they have not learned the English word for the item I'm seeking. If it's something straightforward, I make a Google-translated list and then point to items on the list and ask where to find it (in German). If it's more tricky, I print a picture and then point to the picture. Works well.
Another example of the saying (A picture is worth thousands words). Yes it really cuts it short, with few basic German words and the list one could manage
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