Matt Ramaker – First Impressions

23 Jul

Coming to Berlin I had no idea what to expect. Having only spent a single semester learning the language I knew I would be unprepared. When I arrived in Berlin I was surprised at the amount of English on signs and ads in the area. There were almost more English signs than German signs. Most the people in Berlin can speak English or at least some of it. However attempting to explain a blown fuse to a person who only speaks basic English turned out to be quite the challenge. Fortunately Google Translate came to the rescue and power was restored. Usually communication isn’t much of an issue thanks to hand gestures and the basic language we know which I find I am more and more comfortable using. The transition to the German speaking culture is slow but it has been a great experience.

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