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


by @tylerf | 6yr  | 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 | 6yr

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 | 6yr

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 | 6yr

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 | 6yr

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 | 6yr

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

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by @levelsio | 12h 11 hours ago | 3 comments

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What are the best places right now in the Caribbean/LatAM? (Also cheapest flights/accommodation?)


by @orangutan3 | 12d 11 days ago | 1 comment

What are the best places right now in the Caribbean/LatAM? (Also cheapest flights/accommodation?) Asking from the US.

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List of Visa/Residency Information in Table/Spreadsheet format?


by @innovatelife | 28d 27 days ago | 2 comments

As part of signing up for this website I was hoping I would come across a list of Visa and/or Residency requirements by country ideally in a table format to assist with decision making. Does anybody recommend any other websites that might present the information in this format (or Google Spreadsheet)?

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Most Walkable Neighborhood / City In The World ?


by @dannybooboo | 30d 29 days ago | 1 comment

I love living in walkable areas of town. I can always find them. But now I'm wondering where in the world are the most walkable places? I'm imagining walk streets (no cars), zoning allowing both business and residential, parks or beaches ,etc.

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Any nomads in Arizona, US?


in Netherlands by @info132 | 1mo 1 month ago | 4 comments

Hi guys,

After the Netherlands, the Bay Area, Colorado and being on the van life for 8 months, I am now in Sedona, AZ with a few other digital nomads. We are sharing a home here and are wondering if there are more like minded people in the area.

We do a bunch of hikes and campouts in the northern of Arizona. If you would like to connect with us, please do so :)

Val

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International number & internet?


by @leobassam | 1mo 1 month ago | 1 comment

Has anyone figured out a way to get setup with a virtual number and internet connection anywhere you go?

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Are there any tax issues I have to be aware of?


in Germany by @clara | 1mo 1 month ago | 0 comments

Hi everybody. I live and work in Germany and want to go to Canary Islands for 6 months to work from there. I'm going to keep my current job, just change the "home" in the home office part of things. Are there any tax issues I have to be aware of? I was reading about becoming a residence after 183 days, thus having to pay taxes there plus my employer having to register there. Does anybody know how it works exactly? Thanks a lot!

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Chiang Mai accommodation


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @bertieb | 2mo 1 month ago | 0 comments

Can anyone recommend a good accommodation website for Chiang Mai?

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Is anyone travelling right now?


by @viktor | 2mo 1 month ago | 3 comments

Winter is coming and Iโ€™m feeling the ache of travelling after being stuck in the same place since the Pandemic started. Wondering if anyone is travelling right now? If so, where are you currently located and how is the situation where you are?

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Recommendation for English Speaking GP in Berlin?


in Berlin, Germany by @tammy | 3yr 2 years 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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Internet Speed (Teaching English Online)


by @teacher | 3yr 3 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 | 4yr 3 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 | 4yr 4 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 | 5yr 4 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 | 5yr 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 | 6yr 5 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 | 6yr 5 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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