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Language Barrier

Post by Colin23451 » 23 Aug 2009, 10:59

Question, I'm an American and I understand that there was not that many of us at the last game. My question is how do we bridge the language barrier. I mean unfortunatly in American schools, unlike European schools, we don't stress foreign language. I know my German is rusty and my French and Spanish sucks, I hope to rectify it but still what if there is a man in you unit who doesn't speak a language you speak. Thanks.

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Post by kjsaw » 23 Aug 2009, 11:18

English works most of the time. Occasionally you will need to track down a translator.
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Post by Colin23451 » 23 Aug 2009, 11:42

Thank you sir for your quick reply! Good to know.

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Post by Geboren » 23 Aug 2009, 14:08

And if you could learn finish that would be usefull against SRP hahaha
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Post by Colin23451 » 24 Aug 2009, 00:58

hahhahah unfortunatly I don't think my college offers that

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Post by Radar » 27 Aug 2009, 15:19

Or learn Russian for the merc side. Geez - none in the HQ knew english xP At least at the time we wanted to get backup for our capture of the Traveler's Lodge. Which we of course did not get, and in turn, Nato f*cked our cute little butts..
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Post by vardemis » 27 Aug 2009, 15:41

And for the NATO side you need to speack french english portuguese swedish spannish, german, hebrew, italian and greek !

So now for B8 you need to speack all of this languages :D

no english make it, we all have notion of english or someone who speack english next to you ;) that's ok :)
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Post by RRP Taksi » 21 Sep 2009, 03:18

kjsaw wrote:English works most of the time. Occasionally you will need to track down a translator.
Sez the Ozzie! :P :D

As long as the translator isnt from SKÅNE! :roll:
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Post by conger » 22 Sep 2009, 15:39

Spoken language is the obvious thing to think about here as the OP highlights. For sure, it is vital for success.

However bridging any language barrier uses many forms of communication ....

Make use of body language, maps, twigs and stones on the ground used to explain a plan, slow down any spoken words and keep it simple and above all, bring a clear and committed willingness to engage and be part of the team.

Encourage the same back through your conduct and actions and this almost always overcomes any 'limitations in spoken language'. This is my experience both from Berget and elsewhere.

Granted, conversation back at the base may not be free flowing but you'd be surprised what can be achieved.

I found speaking English in a ridiculous French accent worked well when talking with Geboren. :P

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Post by Murrdohk » 08 Oct 2009, 16:50

Hey Colin23451, were you at Berget 7 too? I saw a ton of American patches but stopped asking people if they were American after a few hours and they all turned out to be from other countries. :lol:

Anyway, with the language barrier thing, I really didn't have too much of a problem myself. Of course, not everyone spoke English but there was almost always someone on hand or nearby that could translate or get the point across.
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Post by Ober-Lix » 09 Oct 2009, 01:46

vardemis wrote:And for the NATO side you need to speack french english portuguese swedish spannish, german, hebrew, italian and greek !

So now for B8 you need to speack all of this languages :D

no english make it, we all have notion of english or someone who speack english next to you ;) that's ok :)
Sorry, you forgot Dutch, Czech, Polish and Arabic. :lol:
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Post by Cdt Delta » 09 Oct 2009, 11:35

And also...Bretzh, Wallon, Flamand... :D
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Post by waffelke » 09 Oct 2009, 11:44

Cdt Delta wrote:And also...Bretzh, Wallon, Flamand... :D
lol :D wallon and flamand is international 8) :D
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