Paid to speak German!
First things first: language learning is hard work - I started the German duolingo course in 2014 and have studied for hundreds of hours and did a language course in Germany as well. (Official level: C1)
But crazy news: I have been offered a job where I get paid to speak to German clients! It's a bilingual role, the interview was partly in German and had a translation exercise and it was totally fine! I'm proud and surprised and excited O:
Does anyone else wanna work with German/in Germany??
I live as an Ausländer in Germany and work in a customer-facing role where I have to speak to customers both in-person and on the telephone. This is sometimes enormously frustrating because even though my German is usually pretty good, there are inevitably moments where I am not quite able to clearly express what I want to express, or even worse, don't quite understand what the customer is trying to say. Most of the time it goes all right, but I have had some embarrassing moments where I can tell the customer is getting annoyed with me and their patience is wearing thin. It's all in a day's work, though; I guess I can't be doing too badly since I haven't gotten fired for it yet, and I've been doing it for a couple of years already. My boss tells me that my German is perfect, but I know he is just being kind on this point.
Congratulations on landing the job! I realize that exact details about where the job is (geographically and what company it is) may be private, but can you tell us a bit more about the nature of the work and what exactly you will be talking to customers about?
Congratulations! Well done!! You have put in the long hours of study and now you are reaping the rewards of your effort. You deserve to be proud, surprised and excited; you have earned it! I am very happy for you and wish you well in your dream job. I have been studying German with DuoLingo for about 7 or 8 months now and am finding it tough going fitting my studies into an already busy daily schedule, but I will not go to bed until I have done my lessons. I wish to complete my tree, learn from other sites and revise, revise, revise and hopefully have enough German to get me around in Germany when I go to follow my Family History trail sometime in the next couple of years.
Same here, I am going to work in sales/marketing/customer care very soon, either in Belgium or Poland. So knowing German would always be a big plus. Aside from English, German is the only language that I genuinely enjoy learning so it helps me to progress a lot. It feels good to know that it's possible to reach a C1 level in only three years. Congratulations !