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rook1313
12/26/2022 13:06 EST

How important is it to know the local language? How have you managed the language transition?

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Baltavida
12/28/2022 09:41 EST

No matter where you choose to reside, a good basic command of that nations language is a must. There are many publications that will meet this need. Intense home study for 60 - 90 days is an investment that is well worth the time.

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rook1313
12/28/2022 21:05 EST

That makes sense and is good advice, thank you!

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Trackbeat
12/30/2022 17:14 EST

I agree with Baltavida ... it's pretty necessary, at least to have basic understanding. Even if that means you have some trouble comprehending, you should at least be able to ask questions to get the information you need, or are able to communicate what you're trying to. I can't imagine trying to live somewhere where you don't speak or understand the language at all. Sounds like a recipe for a pretty difficult and frustrating experience.

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rsetzer99
12/31/2022 03:07 EST

Your quality of life is based on your ability to speak with people. No one wants to be friends with people they cannot have conversations with. You can isolate with small groups of expats, but, what is the point of live there then? And these small groups often descend into a high school like atmosphere

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