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French - English Translator needed for driving test

I got the news that my driving test can be on this Friday 18 June at 10:30 AM. I have a car and drive well. I need someone to accompany me for the driving test. Person should have a driving license and can translate basic French to English and vice versa as instructor who takes exam speaks only french.
I am willing to pay 1 hour standard french lesson price for it. If any one can help without charge he/she is welcome
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Re: French - English Translator needed for driving test

Hi, I just found out today that I will have to do the driving test too in order to change my license. My French is limited so this is my biggest worry. I have been driving in Switzerland for a year and many many kms but I think I should take a one or two lessons from an instructor to see what kind of things they are picky about? Were you able to have another person in the car to translate the directions?

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Re: French - English Translator needed for driving test

Do not bother with the translator (nobody's allowed in the car, only you and the instructor anyway).
Just print a table (left/right/stop/go ahead) in both languages (use Google Translate) and stick it on the dashboard before the instructor.

This is exactly how I did it - he is there not to check your language, but your driving skills!!!
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Do not bother with the translator (nobody's allowed in the car, only you and the instructor anyway).
Just print a table (left/right/stop/go ahead) in both languages (use Google Translate) and stick it on the dashboard before the instructor.

This is exactly how I did it - he is there not to check your language, but your driving skills!!!
Thanks Slava.

Having a license for over 10 years and more than 500k km driving I am only afraid of old habits (nothing dangerous of course) not approved or liked by the instructor. Failing once and going through driving school is really no fun.

Reading advices on the forum made me think that maybe I should take 1-2 lessons from a driving school just to point me out what I need to be more careful during the exam and what instructors like me to do during my driving.

They gave me a sheet of paper explaining what the exam will be like, it seems they want to see every aspect of my driving except parking.
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Re: French - English Translator needed for driving test

Take a "test exam" from the driving school - 1 hour and 150fr. These guys are ex-examiners - they will show you all mistakes.
I took mine - he even showed me the approx. route - the real exam was 70% on the same route.
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Thanks Slava.

Having a license for over 10 years and more than 500k km driving I am only afraid of old habits (nothing dangerous of course) not approved or liked by the instructor. Failing once and going through driving school is really no fun.

Reading advices on the forum made me think that maybe I should take 1-2 lessons from a driving school just to point me out what I need to be more careful during the exam and what instructors like me to do during my driving.

They gave me a sheet of paper explaining what the exam will be like, it seems they want to see every aspect of my driving except parking.
V, you're a really intelligent and competent man and I feel sure you'll sail through this.
Good luck.
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