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Working Abroad For The First Time
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Working Abroad For The First Time

It is hard enough to work every day for your living, but I may assure you that there is much more difficult when you start working in a country that is not the one in where you were born.

Yes, I am one of the millions who left his mother country and ran away to another one in the search of a better future, a future that you normally do not have already thought through.

I do not really know where to start, but I think a good start is describing how difficult it is to look for a job when you do not really know anything about the language of that new country, that is right many people go to a second country not only to change their live but also to learn how to speak.

Anyway something that works, but not always very well, is to said yes to any request that they make to you when at work, the only problem is that when you actually have to execute the task you may find yourself in a deadend street.

Is not that difficult to find people that are working in a place but they do not speak the language of the country, when you see that is easy to make the question: How do they work if they do not understand what they have to do?

Let me tell you that is not as crazy as it sounds, one of the first things that you learn in that situation is the sign language, normally the job that you find when you are in a foreign country and you do not speak the language is not a high position it is normally cleaning, serving or kitchen job.

This type of jobs do not need to much talking but need to much doing, it is easy to understand how to clean, how to swap, how to mop or how to chop by watching someone else doing it or showing you the utensils that you need to perform the chore.

The good thing is that in the process of working, even with the sign language, you start learning the language, the truth is that even if you do not do much speaking you have to speak anyway and little by little your dictionary in your head enriches and one day, when you least expect it you are speaking a new language.

Obviously there is another way to learn a language much easier: Going to school.


Street Talk

I remember my fist experience with this. Thanks for the memories!

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  about 7 years ago
C4rmen  

Good on you. The world your oyster when you have that much courage. I often wonder about the cleaners in my building, about the lives they have led or will lead. We are always more than our jobs.

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  about 7 years ago
Joan S  

Wow that takes courage. I met somebody from Croatia who was a medical doctor who was working as a superintendent of a building in New York. He didn't have a license to practice medicine in the US. He was not thrilled about it, but nonetheless, he did what he had to do. I was impressed.

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  about 7 years ago

Bravo! Good article. Article sure seems like you learning your way is working. You wrote a good article. You chose a good topic. You put in a humorous and fitting picture. Keep on keeping on!! -- congratulations on YOUR success. Writing in another language takes a lot of work.

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  about 7 years ago
Barbara9  

nice article

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  about 7 years ago

Yes working abroad can be a big adjustment, it's not only the language barrier but also the need to adapt to a different culture.

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  about 7 years ago

Having had both experiences I would say that going to school isn't the easier option. Being dropped into a work situation forces communication and (if it's a manual job) surrounds you with people who either can't (or won't) speak english (or your first language). I have found people doing these cleaning type jobs in my country to be the friendliest people. They appreciate their opportunity and enjoy being spoken to and shown some respect. Their English is always 100% better than I can speak their language! Much kudos to you, and many others like you, who seek a better life. Leaving 'home' is never easy.

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  about 7 years ago

Yes that second language, not an easy thing to learn, till you're dropped in the deep end, then it comes to you.

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  about 7 years ago
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