A Tea between friends :-) How was Your Day

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Re: A Tea between friends :-) How was Your Day

Post by shurik » October 13th, 2017, 5:33 am

nallath wrote:
October 12th, 2017, 1:25 pm
(I mean, the distance from amsterdam to berlin is already more than the length of the Netherlands...)
Heh, everything is relative, mate. :-P
BTW, are there any other activities out there in Berlin, in late November? I will be there then.

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Re: A Tea between friends :-) How was Your Day

Post by LePaul » October 13th, 2017, 8:58 am

So did you have to brush up on your German language skills?

Lot's of different languages in Europe, I was wondering if people tend to default to english or learn many?

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Re: A Tea between friends :-) How was Your Day

Post by shurik » October 14th, 2017, 4:03 am

Ja, natürlich!
German is the most spoken language on the continent, as I read it somewhere. Some practice never hurts, you know.

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Re: A Tea between friends :-) How was Your Day

Post by jonnybischof » October 16th, 2017, 2:22 am

Most western Europe countries teach kids more than one language in school. But yeah, there's too many to learn them all. If you're in a major european tourist area, German is almost as useful as English :P
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Re: A Tea between friends :-) How was Your Day

Post by nallath » October 16th, 2017, 8:25 am

Dutch is similar enough to German that you can get most of the generic context / meaning of a conversation without actually knowing the language. Everyone gets 4 languages in the Netherlands (Dutch, English, German & french). But as it's a Tech event, most stuff was in English.

The level of English is quite good in the Netherlands. It's a worse in Germany (although i do notice an increase there). It's really bad in France.

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Re: A Tea between friends :-) How was Your Day

Post by GrueMaster » October 16th, 2017, 10:17 am

My brief visit to Amsterdam was quite interesting. Had an overnight layover before flying home. Since I only know two languages (English and bad English), I thought I might have a problem finding the hostel that a friend had booked. Biggest issue were the dictionary sized street names. But I was able to get directions from the train station without problem.

Of course the 3 college students that roomed with me were Polish (I think), that had almost zero English. The look on their faces when I walked in was priceless (we're sleeping with this fat old geezer?). Universal sign language seemed to work though. Pointing at me and then the top bunk, the person on the lower bunk went wide eyed, shook her head, and moved to the top. Being a bigger guy sometimes helps.

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Re: A Tea between friends :-) How was Your Day

Post by nallath » October 16th, 2017, 11:28 am

What I heard from my colleagues is that it's hard to learn Dutch, as most Dutch people will switch to English at the moment they hear the slightest accent.

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Re: A Tea between friends :-) How was Your Day

Post by shurik » October 16th, 2017, 3:28 pm

Dutch and Deutsch are the same word that got pronounced differently over the time. No wonder they are so similar. If you would listen to old English (from "History of English" fantastic podcast), you will see how much it is similar to German, too.
From my experience in Europe, the bigger the country, the less people of it are inclined to know other <English> language. I had really hard time in Madrid and generally struggled in Italy. In German coutryside even the youngsters barely speak English, let alone the older generation. We will politely not mention France :-).
On the other hand, in the Netherlands and Benilux as whole, Switzerland, English is like their second language. There were no problems in Austria. Younger generation in most of the places of Easter Europe has very good English and sometimes German as well.

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