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Wouldn't it be great if airlines gave you a cheat sheet full of translations to current colloquialisms along with your immigration and customs declaration forms when you were about to land? You'll be tempted to sort of smile-and-nod when you encounter this in an effort to not draw attention to yourself, feel silly, or otherwise feel like the odd person out. ...


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Embassies often have lists of doctors that speak the language of the country in question. I would call them and ask if they have a recommendation. That's how I found doctors in Asia. The UK Embassy in France lists for example a link to to AngloInfo, which in return has this page here about healthcare in France. The French US embassy has a list of English ...


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I would look for the nearest VHS (Volkshochschule). They normally offer language courses and also offer proficiency testing. Since you are living in Innsbruck, the natural choice would be the local branch of the Volkshochschule Tirol. They offer a lot of courses for German as a foreign language, many of which are in the evening. They also offer courses ...


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(I lived in Shanghai for five years and toured Beijing and other Chinese cities.) English is spoken in high-end Western establishments. Elsewhere written and spoken English is very rare. Basic Chinese (numbers, taxi directions, common foods) is very helpful to surviving in China. Having said that, your attitude is key to the quality of your experience. ...


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The IDF is using Hebrew, and even in the units with a significant Arab/Bedouin majority everyone will be speaking Hebrew on duty. But if you don't know the language - they'll teach you.


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Here is a translation of the corresponding explanation on the French Wikipedia site: T1, T2, T3, etc: T is used for Type, and corresponds to a type of apartment with the number of main rooms indicated. By main room, one means living room, dining room, and bedrooms. Kitchens and bathrooms are not included in the number. Therefore, an apartment with a living ...


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Your consulate might have a list but that's a long shot as they are not always up to date (I know the US does something like that but I don't know if they would help non-US citizens and then they might refer you to an expensive private clinic like “Hôpital américain”). You could at least check the websites of several consulates, in case they publish it. I ...


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Yes. Among others, Quest International is a not-for-profit organisation for this very purpose. Their English Immersion Programs are available for youth and adults, and can be tailored to your background and experience. They're available in several cities in the US, notably Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Orange County & San Francisco.


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So I'm a person of Indian origin who has spent half his life in Massachusetts, and a couple of years ago moved to Mumbai. I personally was always able to switch between accents, but in the past I could not use or understand Indian English to its complete extent. I agree with @TimPost — you should be fine with asking around — but it is a ...


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Just because of the sheer diversity in India I am told that people within India do not really understand each other's English either. A lot of people will pronounce sh as suh (nation vs nasun) and you can just never know who will. A lot of the confusion will depend on the type of people you are interacting with. As you rightly said a few percent of the ...


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The most common type of Chinese name uses one character or syllable for the family name and two characters or syllables for the given name. E.g. MAO Zedong, ZHOU Enlai and XI Jinping. If this applied to all Chinese names, it would be easy to figure out which part is the family name and which part is the given name. However, names consisting of one character ...


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I live in Antony, just south of Paris, and I couldn't find comprehensive information about english speaking doctors. In general, I have to phone a doctor (GP or otherwise) to make an appointment and soon find out if they speak english, while I'm talking to them with my lousy french. If you can find email addresses for the GPs near you, then that might be a ...


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German is not mandatory for job seeking. You can apply for some positions in English (some job postings are even in English) and you can also get a work visa for highly skilled migrant or residence permit as a job seeker without demonstrating any knowledge of the German language. In practice, some companies do hire English speakers but not knowing German ...


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You have to cut off almost anything French from your life during the first months you're there, and engage in conversation without fear of not being understood or saying the words badly, you can always repeat them (just don't rush them like some people do). At some point your brain will just switch to the new set of sounds. If your accent remains too ...


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A few ideas that worked well for me (but they don't seem specific to German or to your situation and only the first one is really about listening): Watch TV. I had multiple ways to get German TV where I live(d) but even if you don't, I think that most of the contents in the ARD Mediathek and ZDF Mediathek should be available for free everywhere. Many radios ...


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There are 3 different approaches: focus on dictionary and short sentences focus on grammar focus on being able to speak The approach taken by class german course is usually the second one. To study a few words and, at the same time, a lot of grammar. As well as Duolingo (free) and Babbel. Mosalingua instead, but also another version of Babbel are more ...


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Try not to use any slang. E.g, instead of saying 'Do you want to have a go', say 'Do you want to try'. Your accent is just as hard for them to understand as their accent is for you. So, try to speak slowly and clearly. Most people in india are actually educated under the british english system rather than american, so you'll find that they use the british ...


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To answer the top-line question -- no, if you're a native English speaker the tests should be no more difficult that anything you'd encounter in day to day life. Also, there's plenty of free test materials if you want to convince yourself of this, here's some practice stuff from the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment and here's another one ...


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You'll be able to do quite a lot of things in English, but your time will be much more enjoyable if you are able to learn a few simple words and phrases. There are situations you'll find yourself in where this will be useful. For example, purchasing train tickets and eating at local restaurants. In my experience of living in China, the locals will sometimes ...


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Summer day or resident camps. Museums, schools, others may have specialty camps. If it was earlier in the year, she might have been able to get a place as a counselor-in-training, although her English skill might not be enough. Look for a summer program for international students to improve their English.


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Here is an Italian website, which talks about some language schools, including: http://www.bfi.at/kurse/fachbereiche/sprachen http://www.wifi.at/DE/Kursbuch/Sprachen/Sprachen.aspx http://www.vhs.at/12719.html http://sprachenzentrum.univie.ac.at/content/site/spzuw/en/home/index.html http://germanistik.univie.ac.at/ http://dante.at/


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From the context I believe they are talking about the country from which you are making the application. My assumption is that if you were, say, a Columbian citizen who has been living in France for the last 1 year and applying via the Indian Embassy in Paris, you may be asked for additional information or documents that someone (of any nationality) who has ...


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Like most European countries, obtaining a driving license in Belgium consists of a theoretical and a practical part. You'll probably need (quite) some lessons for both parts before taking the examination. According to the government website, it's possible to do the theoretical examination with the help of an English speaking interpreter provided by the ...


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In order to be qualified for QSW you need French language proficiency. Although It is not compulsory, you wouldn’t be able to obtain required scores for QSW without having a French language certificate. If I recall correctly, you would need B2 in both speaking and listening (each has 5 score). Check Quebec website to see how they score the applicants here....


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i have been to the following family practice of 3 young general practictioners www.ipso.paris, and all the physicians claim to speak English. The one i saw actually did speak good English


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There are several websites where you can book a doctor's appointment online. This isn't a central doctor database: membership in each website requires the doctor to register and pay a fee (what doctors get from it is more publicity). Many of these sites just give the doctor's specialty, name and address but a few offer more. Note that I am only asserting ...


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Try to join the Couchsurfing or BeWelcome networks in order to meet travellers who speak native German. Or watching movies dubbed in German, and also subtitled, to fill the gaps when you don't understand something spoken. Or web radios with a bit more speaking and less music. Also, maybe the higher levels of Duolingo or Memrise could help, but indeed they ...


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According to The Swedish Teacher, SFI course A corresponds to CEFR level A1, SFI course B corresponds to CEFR level A1/A2, SFI course C corresponds to CEFR level A2/A2 +, SFI course D corresponds to CEFR B1/B1+.


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I always write my family name first, but in capital letters. This way it should be pretty clear to people that is my surname. Otherwise there's simply no reliable way to tell. One-character names are very common (in fact it was the only type of first name up to until about 1000 years ago, when due to influence from northern minorities two-character names ...


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