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How do you survive hanging out with a group of people that don't speak English well?


by @tylerf | 5yr  | 6 comments

Iโ€™ve been living in countries where English isnโ€™t spoken that well among the population.

Most of the time I hang out 1-on-1 with a native that speaks good english.

And thatโ€™s because when Iโ€™m in a group where most people donโ€™t speak good English, itโ€™s painful and awkward.

You feel bad if everyone switches to English just because of you, but at the same time you feel totally left out if everyone speaks their native language which you donโ€™t understand much about.

Have you guys faced such situations before?
How did you handle it?

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Iโ€™ve found a pen, paper, and a harmonica works wonders until the alcohol kicks in. :smiley:

Also, everyone in the world knows Bob Marley songs. Start singing โ€˜No Woman No Cryโ€™ and youโ€™ll have friends for life.

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@denharsh | 5yr

I use iPhone apps to learn basic local language. Right now using Learn Thai app as Iโ€™m in Thailand.

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@emilyonherway | 5yr

Yeah I am in Yunan,China now and the local people there even not speak common Chinese. There are some foreigners I can talk to and I will communicate with the local people by our sick common Chinese and guesture

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@cpury | 5yr

I worked in a Vietnamese startup for half a year and they mostly spoke Vietnamese to each other. It sucked at times, but I got used it to it quickly. Usually, the smaller the group got, the more likely they were to switch to English. But of course ideally you would try and learn the language and see the situation as a learning challenge :slight_smile:
Also, I can confirm that alcohol is a great solution to this. Usually itโ€™s just their/your inhibitions that hold them (or you) back.

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

I try to learn the local language as much as possible. Sometimes itโ€™s super hard but usually if you try at least a little it helps a lot.

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@adrianmcli | 5yr

I find alcohol solves that problem very well. It also allows me to learn their language a lot better.

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We're looking for a country in South East Asia that can function as our base, mainly for tax purposes. Meaning it will have to be a place where we can stay for the 183 days required without too much hassle.

We've been looking at Thailand, but have heard that it's very hard to do visa runs etc., so what other can you recommend? Indonesia looked like a good option, but the income rate is a flat 20% and very high for the region.

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I've heard travel to CO from USA is blocked until September. Any news on this and may this change anytime soon?

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by @jackgopack | 4d 3 days ago | 39 comments

Any suggestions for seamlessly receiving SMS Verifications from US financial institutions and other sites while traveling internationally continuously? Wonโ€™t keep my US Verizon account due to cost and currently plan to use local sims at each destination (T-Mobile and Project Fi are NOT an option as they terminate for continuous roaming). In summation, I wonโ€™t have a US mobile account.

Unless Iโ€™m missing something, which is very possible, this appears to be the single most complex issue Iโ€™ve encountered in my preparations, and one that no one addresses. I would greatly appreciate any possible solution that works 100% of the time. Canโ€™t afford surprises in this regard. Many Thanks! Jack.

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Introduce yourself โ€” who are you, where are you and what do you do?

 

by @coffeeshopceo | 4d 4 days ago | 670 comments

tl;dr: introduce yourself in this thread.

We must all get sick of the same backpacker travel questions when we meet new friends, I know I do.

You know the ones - where are you from, whereโ€™ve you been, where are you going, what do you do, how long have you been doing it - etc.

The novelty of answering these questions wears off after maybe a week, but theyโ€™re nonetheless insightful and no matter how much we hate them, we find ourselves asking others.

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  • where are you from?
  • how long have you been away from home?
  • what do you do?
  • where are you currently?
  • where are you going?
  • what has been memorable for you so far?
  • will you go home anytime soon?
  • what have you learnt during your time as a nomad?
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No need to answer them all if you donโ€™t want to :smile:
But the more you shareโ€ฆ The merrier!

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Anyone wants to learn to sail in the Mediterranean? (Sep or Oct)


by @viktor | 8d 7 days ago | 1 comment

I'm thinking about taking a sailing (yachting) course in the Mediterranean Sea this coming September or October. Thus far from my research, it seems that most courses are held in locations with not many digital nomads. My thinking is that it would be more fun to go to a place with like-minded people. Therefore, I'm wondering if anyone else is interested in taking a sailing course in the Mediterranean this fall? If not, do you know a location that offers good sailing courses, where there is also many digital nomads / nomad infrastructure?

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Where do you work from in Lisbon? ๐Ÿงณโ˜•


in Lisbon, Portugal by @dominiksobe | 11d 10 days ago | 1 comment

Hi everyone,

I am going to move to Lisbon in July and I was wondering where you guys work from? Do you have any recommendations for working on a budget? Any good cafรจs or cheap coworking spaces?

I did some research and found some coworking spaces for > ~ 100โ‚ฌ p. month which is pretty reasonable but too much for me right now.

Thanks!

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Recommendation for English Speaking GP in Berlin?


in Berlin, Germany by @tammy | 2yr 1 year ago | 0 comments

Hello! I am looking for an English speaking GP in Berlin who can write a prescription for schedule 1 medication. Currently I am in Northern Ireland who have a very complicated medical system, which is not Digital Nomad friendly! I would like to make an appointment with a GP who can help me ASAP. Thanks!

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by @teacher | 2yr 2 years ago | 0 comments

Hi guys.

Iโ€™ll be travelling to Peru soon to volunteer and thinking to teach online in Cusco. Iโ€™m wondering what the best set-up would be for speeds high enough to teach via video-platform online. Iโ€™m open to getting a SIM Card with a data package, getting a dedicated internet provider for a private apartment or using an ethernet cable to increase speed.

Thank you,
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Worried about English fluency when finding a job in Ireland?


in Ireland by @gonzalezveroni94 | 3yr 2 years ago | 1 comment

Hi Nomads!

Iโ€™m Veronica, a spanish graduate of computer science. I moved to Dublin to get a job and I have an interview next week. I have a good fluency for now but I am worried I will not be able to speak to my co-workers about specific topics because I am not a native speaker. I can talk about general things but I worry my english is not good enough to talk about what I am trained in.

Does anyone else face this problem when moving to new countries? If so, how did you overcome this? Thanks!!

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Any nomads who practice Krav Maga in spite of constantly changing locations?


by @petar_np | 3yr 3 years ago | 3 comments

When I think about nomadic life style I often think of one disadvantage, not being able to continue to practice Krav Maga as I do now. How do you keep up with training and progress if you are constantly moving?

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Where in Chiang Mai can you go purchase tech equipment for English speakers?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @talberly | 4yr 3 years ago | 2 comments

Where in Chiang Mai can you go purchase tech equipment for english speakers. Equipment such as laptops, tablets, smartphones and etc.?

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Is there a Chinese to English universal translator?


by @fcohen | 4yr 4 years ago | 5 comments

Hi Nomadistas, Iโ€™m considering Shanghai this Summer. I an American from California. I speak English, French, Swiss German, and Italian. I work for myself and will be writing a novel, unrelated to China. How is it going to be language wise to live and get around? Is there a universal translator app for my Android phone/TMobile?

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Can you survive with a part time job in London?


in London, United Kingdom by @bjornlindholmdk | 5yr 4 years ago | 6 comments

Hi Nomads
Iโ€™m planning the first destination of my DN life right now. Ideally I want to move to London. My plan is to find a motel or a privat person through workaway.info or helpx.net where I get free accomodation for 5 hours of work 5 days a week.

I then want to find a part time job to cover others costs like food, beer, transport etc. I donโ€™t need a lot to survive. A small part of the income will also go to my new business. I donโ€™t have a lot of expenses through that but not really an income either.

My question is that is this even realistic? Can you make enough from a part time job in London to cover food/transport costs?

Btw. this is only a short term solution from now until the end of the December/New years

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Can I stay in Vietnam as a dependent spouse if my partner (wife) is teaching English?


in Vietnam by @elephanttalk | 5yr 4 years ago | 5 comments

After taking lots of small trips around the world as vacations, weโ€™ve fallen in love with Southeast Asia and have decided to go there to teach English. Well, sort of - my wife is certified and will be teaching. I plan to use the time to develop an app that I have been trying to work on during nights and weekends up to this point. I figure I can live modestly and work on it full time for a year and see if I can get it โ€œdoneโ€ enough to actually launch after a yearโ€™s work!

I donโ€™t plan to make any money while there, and I donโ€™t want to get a job (poor meโ€ฆ) just to enable me to stay - I just want to work on my app (unpaid) full time. I plan to try to get a TT visa (http://immigrationservices.com.vn/visas-tt-vr/), and she will hopefully be on the Lฤ visa (https://visa.mofa.gov.vn/NewsDetail.aspx?type=Info&id=28#sec1).

Hereโ€™s the wrinkle: most advice I find online (admittedly geared toward those travelling solo) tends to recommend going on a tourist Visa and finding a job, housing, neighborhood that you like in person, and then getting your employer to sponsor your work permit, then using that to get the business (Lฤ) visa. Indeed, a lot of resources say it can be hard to find a reputable language school to hire you and sponsor your visa before entering the country.

If we both went on tourist visas, and she found work and was able to get a work permit, could I then convert my tourist visa to a TT (dependent spouse) visa? Is there any way to be sure that this is going to work besides just going and hoping?

As a follow up if that plan sounds too sketchy, should I get certified to teach English just in case I need to get my own job? Iโ€™d like to avoid it if I can, the certification and training is pretty expensive.

Worst case scenario, how many times can I do a visa run and stay on a DL (tourist) visa? Maybe Iโ€™m just bad at researching, but I canโ€™t find a really good resource for this kind of information.

I hope this isnโ€™t asking too much. Even a link to some more in-depth resources online would be greatly appreciated - I canโ€™t seem to find any definitive information on people using the TT visa in Vietnam.

Thanks in advance!

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