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Re: How would you behave as only one English speaking among Germans/Swiss?

I'd like to say many thanks for everyone who shared his/her experiences and contributed with really valuable tips!
It surprised me how many of you are in the same situation... Thanks again!
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Always keep these on. Lift them up ever 10 minutes and say GENZ GENAU. Say GEILE few times too
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GANZ not GENZ.
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Re: How would you behave as only one English speaking among Germans/Swiss?

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And "GEILE" should be "GEIL" as well.
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Re: How would you behave as only one English speaking among Germans/Swiss?

I am used to this situation too. I usually "day dream" while they are busy talking. In any case, I don't feel I am losing much by not knowing what they are talking about. Most of them (german or swiss) are not interesting anyways and their jokes are not even funny
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Re: How would you behave as only one English speaking among Germans/Swiss?

Ja, what everyone here says is right - hang in there, and persist - it IS appreciated that at least you are attempting to understand ... and fit in.....and learning.

I had this type of problem, in a much humbler not so important way as all you in your working environments .... as a volunteer worker in the local school. Not so bad in my own field with the children and one teacher(handcrafts) but the problems arose in the adult social scene when I had to attend end of year dinners ... a small function for the volunteers, and then a large one with all those involved with schooling.

I felt a right pickle, not understanding what was going on around me ... feeling like a total illiterate!

So I resigned, to save everyone the embarassment of having to deal with my "illiteracy". The result? A lady from their committee arrived at my house with a box of chocolates and handmade card and told me they want me back! They actually WANT me back? (or are they really so desperate for helpers?) Well, they want me back, so they can have me back!

At least I tried to alleviate their agony of conversing with me!
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