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Sometimes I'm my own worst enemy

Up until last night, I was fully intending to go through with my German language job interview; but this morning I woke up and found I couldn't string two sentences together. So I rang and pulled out of the application process, thanked them for their interest, and breathed a sigh of relief. Now of course, I think I'm an idiot for having let my nerves get the better of me.

Still, if one company's shown an interest, more are set to follow. Or that's what my hope is, anyway.


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Aug. 12th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Oh that's a shame!

I hope another opportunity is just around the corner
Aug. 12th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
I'm sure there'll be another soon; hopefully one that isn't going to be in German.
Aug. 12th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Oh. I mean, I understand. I'm actually far from being fluent in... well, sometimes I barely feel fluent in my variety of Swedish. And well, German is my 4th* language, so... yes. I get it. (Though German is what? Your third? Where does Arabic and Indonesian come in? Or maybe you don't speak Indonesian at all?) And well, having an interview in your native language alone... Still, maybe it would've gone OK (and besides, fluency is very, very hard to define), so I understand your regret, too. I'm sorry. But yes, keep the hope alive! You still have that other interview, I think?

*Not counting the other Nordic languages.
Aug. 12th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Where do Arabic and Indonesian come in? Actually, they come in a looooooooooooooong way behind Danish and Russian, which in turn come a long way behind Italian and Spanish, which come in not such a long way behind French and German, which lag behind Dutch and English a bit.

No, no more interviews for now. But I'm confident there will be some soon. Summer's nearly over, everybody's coming back from holiday, and come September companies will be looking to attract new staff again.
Aug. 12th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
(Note to self: Please reread before posting and check for sing./pl. issues. *points to previous comment*)

Ah. Fascinating. :-) I understand some Italian and Spanish, but I've never actively tried to learn either. And I'm intrigued by the whole Dutch-English-German thing, too. Also, languages that use different alphabets really ought to be looked into at some point...

*crosses fingers* :-)
Aug. 12th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
We used to holiday in Spain a lot when I was younger, and it's always best to learn a language from (preferably early) exposure to it. Then I took Spanish in secondary school, and when I left, I was about as fluent in it as Dutcha nd English. Sadly, that was 30 years ago. I've not had much call to use it since then, and even though I can still understand most of it, I'm more than a little rusty speaking it. Which is a true regret, because I used to really love the language. I've recently started giving it another go again on LiveMocha, but am hampered by the fact that I don't have a microphone on my pc and therefore can't complete the lessons. Not that that matters really, 'cause I know I still sound pure Castilian, but it means I can't get full marks or interact with others learning the language on that site.

Aug. 18th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
Ah. Microphones can be very handy. (I bought a headset about a year ago, as my ordinary headphones had stopped working, plus I'd been thinking of buying one of those things anyway so that I could use Skype on this computer.)

I spent a lot of time in Germany before I'd started school and we stayed over with friends on the way down to the Alps every year, so I still have a vague foundation of sorts, but I opted for French at 13* instead because we were about to buy a share in a wine property in the south of France (the sellers ultimately didn't want to sell to foreigners). So, I didn't start any lessons in German until I was 16, and I still regret that. And then we had four (mostly inefficient and/or abysmal) teachers in three years, so I didn't actually learn all that much...

Heh, as for rusty, I still feel rusty when I have to speak in English after not having spoken it for any length of time. My tounge shrivels up and I sometimes use certain Swedish sounds instead of English ones. And I'm not a complete novice when it comes to phonetics, which makes it even more frustrating. Sigh.

*We're in primary school from age 7 for nine years (low, middle, high), followed by three years in the gymnasium.
Aug. 13th, 2008 08:41 am (UTC)
Jesus! Eight languages! *blush* I only know English and enough French to buy stuff in France.

I found when I was in Holland that the Dutch were very hard on themselves as far as fluency is concerned. My Aunt referred to her (fluent as far as I cared to notice) English as "schoolgirl English" which floored me.

Still, if you weren't confident, you should trust your instinct.

I did find almost every person in Europe who told me they didn't speak English suddenly could speak it upon hearing me butcher their native language. Nothing malicious about it - they just didn't realise how crap I'd be at theirs!
Aug. 13th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
It's true that I don't consider myself fluent in any langauge other than my native Dutch, though I would agree that my command of English comes pretty close. That of others ranges from reasonably able to express complex thoughts and ideas to barely able to communicate basic wants and needs and the usual polite phraseologies. Once that's there though, all that's needed is an opportunity to practise, as only practice can make perfect...but it's finding that opportunity that makes it hard. Esp. now when you can get by with English nearly everywhere.
Aug. 13th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
... which is probably behind my laziness in attempts to learn other languages.

That said, languages are not pushed in this country like they are in Holland. I did one year of compulsory French and it was optional after that. And the teacher was so appallingly bad that I dropped it as soon as I could. :P
Aug. 12th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
*hugs* It happens to the best of us. It's certainly happened to me.
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