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Is there a Chinese to English universal translator?


by @fcohen | 4yr  | 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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@busdriver | 4yr

Better use translate.baidu.com instead of Google Translate.
Baiduโ€™s translation from English to Chinese is better.

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@freddjohns | 4yr

When you use translation tools for chinese, just be cognizant that you need to be extremely literal in your english.

Google will not work for anything without a VPN - sure it will act like it will load, but it will not.

Knowing all of those languages fluently should have you covered as just knowing English, French, and German, and Italian should allow you to easily communicate with 80% of the expats.

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@marcardar | 4yr

Google Translate has you covered here, including translation, speech synthesis, and Chinese voice recognition (all available offline). They recently added a WordLens-style feature where, using your camera, you can see English in place of the Chinese text.

Youโ€™re also welcome to try out my Hanping apps (all of which work offline) which Iโ€™ve been developing over the past 8 years, including an OCR app called Hanping Camera: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.embermitre.hanping.app.reader.pro as well as dictionary apps.

One big problem you will face in mainland China is limited access to most of the popular websites and web services. Everything Google-related is blocked. You really need to sort yourself out with a good VPN (or even two so you have one as a backup) before you get there. You should Google around (before you get there!) to see which VPNs are the best at the moment for use in China. Youโ€™ll want one you can use on your laptop and smartphone at the same time. Without a working VPN you wonโ€™t be able to download apps (free or paid) from the Google Play Store. Amazon Appstore might work without a VPN (not sure).

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@ttasterisco | 4yr

I was in China last November and used one of the Youdao apps for iOS, they have equivalents for Android but I donโ€™t remember which one it was.
It wasnโ€™t perfect, but it was good enough most of the time and it worked offline

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@fcohen | 4yr

Thank you for the pointer to Youdao

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

 

in Lisbon, Portugal by @dominiksobe | 18h 18 hours 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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What are the best blogs by individuals who have started businesses in Southeast Asia?

 

in Thailand by @haiducii | 4d 3 days ago | 0 comments

Hey everyone,

Looking for blogs by individuals who document their progress/business in South East Asia - ideally Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos - but also Thailand/Myanmar too.

Thank you,

Haiducci

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How to get SMS verifications for banks while traveling?

 

by @jackgopack | 4d 3 days ago | 37 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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Bali to focus on attracting remote workers when the island reopens for tourism


by @levelsio | 11d 11 days ago | 0 comments

When reopening for tourism, Bali says it will focus on attracting remote workers to choose the island as their workplace:

"We will focus on a new pattern of how Bali is not just for leisure, but indeed to work in Bali as well"

thebalisun.com/bali-tourism-will-target-digital-nomads-and-those-who-work-online/

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Which countries are reopening borders soon?


by @levelsio | 11d 11 days ago | 10 comments

Finally found a site with proper info that's updated daily about which places will reopen made by Skift: reopening.travel/reopening/

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Welcome to the new forum!


by @levelsio | 12d 11 days ago | 14 comments

Hi everyone, this week I built my own forum to replace the incredibly wieldy and overfeatured Discourse.

I based this on Reddit and HN, with upvotes and downvotes, nested replies, and a pretty minimal setup.

Let me know what you think and any features I should add. Right now I still have to build an EDIT functionality!

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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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Internet Speed (Teaching English Online)


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,
Seda

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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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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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Does my Chinese Z visa impact my other visas?


by @nathantech2005 | 4yr 4 years ago | 6 comments

My work is applying for a z visa to China. I need to gather reference letters from all my past jobs to show continuous work history.

Will the z visa impact the new 10 year revolving visa that China just opened up? In general, how do work visas impact other types of visas like business/tourist etcโ€ฆ Is it easy to apply for a different visa after a work visa has expired. For example, will my z work visa impact qualifying for a different type of visa later in time.

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


by @tylerf | 5yr 4 years ago | 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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