Duo in Real Life *Update*
I just returned from a job interview at a hotel where the following exchange took place:
Interviewer: We entertain guests from all over the world, (Half joking) so how's your Italian?
Me: Non troppo male. Ho insegnato io stesso su internet, ma non sono molto fluente.
Interviewer: (After a slightly stunned pause) Good Enough!
Whether or not I get the job, this has been one of the highlights of my current job hunt!
Update I got the Job! Thanks Duolingo and to all of you for your good wishes!
Oh my god, that is awesome! This is the kind of thing DuoLingo learners (or any foreign language learners) love to hear! Congrats! You must be so proud of yourself! I sure would be! My husband is learning Italian on DuoLingo...he will LOVE this story. Good job! Yes, whether or not you get the job, that moment will be a happy memory in time for you. (I bet you get the job though!) Right on!
(Let us all know if you DO get the job!)
I was in London and had a strange conversation with an italian girl Me: Parli italiano? Girl: No Me: Allora come mi capisci? Girl: Sono un genio Me: Non si vedeva Girl: Ciao She ran away from me. I might have freaked her out.
I love using my language learning in real life. :) I am a junior in high school and study about 11 languages every day. This year, I met a girl with an accent and asked where she was from. She replied "Finland" and immediately (as she had been doing all day) started to explain where Finland is in the world. I cut her off, in Finnish saying, "Yes, Finland. Where in Finland are you from?" She looked at me wide eyed, like a deer in headlights. She asked me where I learned Finnish, and I said "I have been studying for eight months." (much less than she would've figured I suppose). I have never seen anybody look so surprised. Then, when we sat at lunch, I met her German friend, and too her surprise, I was able to speak to her in her mother tongue. Then, turning to the other girl at the table, I asked where she was from, Denmark. Great, "Åh, snakker du dansk?" I now date a Danish girl. Haha. Which is great, but finding a job in the workplace, now that, is great. I'd love to hear how that turns out. :)
I love the look on Finnish people's faces when they find out you are studying or speak Finnish. Priceless. :D
Thanks all! I'm just really counting my blessings that he asked about the one language I can speak passably, rather than say-German!
Yeah, good point! It worked perfectly to your advantage! (rather than, "so...how is your Swahili?") :D
I know that feeling! It only makes you keep studying until you are fluent! :)
That's exactly why I started to learn languages on here. I already know American Sign Language, and am an interpreter as a matter of fact. However, I'm from NH and there is a large Spanish speaking community here. I used to work for a local nonprofit and many of our clients spoke mainly Spanish and little or no English. I was a Receptionist who later got promoted to an Office Assistant, and I didn't speak Spanish at all. So there was a little frustration on my part not knowing what the clients needed help with, and there was a little frustration on their part not getting their needs met. So I decided to meet them halfway and learn Spanish. I also worked with elders, and there is also a large French or French Canadian community here (I fall under the latter category, although I was born here). Many of the residents I worked with had memory issues and although they spoke English, many of them unfortunately due to the progression of their issues, revert back to their native language, and for many of them around here, that language is French. Nobody I worked with really spoke enough to understand it, except me because my mom knows French, but even then I only knew a few basic words and phrases. So I decided to meet them halfway and learn more French to get their needs met. As for Italian, my mom works for an Italian based company, so we're learning Italian and Spanish together. I've just always wanted to learn Italian because I think it's a beautiful language.
Now that I know some of the languages, I can actually understand enough to know what people are talking about and often translate. Sometimes I'll go into a fast food restaurant that has the Spanish channel on mostly and try to listen to it without reading the subtitles. Occasionally I'll hear people using Spanish in conversation so I'll try to listen to at least part of it. Also, one of the local hardware stores has their signs in both English and Spanish so I'll try to read the Spanish and translate without looking at the English translation!
I have gotten to use my foreign languages though in real life. When I was getting my Sign Language Certificate, we had to go to interpreted events and American Sign Language suppers. We were encouraged, especially at the suppers to sign with the deaf people. So I took advantage of it and signed with deaf people every chance I got. This came in handy because I teach it to my children now (I'm a teacher) and I've taught it to elders. One day, I was having lunch with my dad and niece (who I also teach sign language too and recently started using it). My dad turned to me at our table and said "Now's a chance to use your Sign Language....there's people behind you signing". So I turned around and introduced myself and signed with them for almost an hour. They were so happy that a hearing person was able to sign with them, and it gave me a chance to use my skills! My aunt also signs (in fact she's the reason I got introduced to Sign Language in the first place...and yes she is hearing) and my cousin signs too (in fact she taught her sons to sign when they were babies), so the three of us, along with my mom (who is learning from me) sign together every chance we get!
How long did it take you to learn ASL? I've been learning it for like 2 Years but I'm still nowhere :)
Technically it took me 4 years, but I didn't take all of my certificate classes at once. If I had, it would have taken me only about 2 years.
Awesome!! At a teachers' job fair, a principal saw my resume and said, "I see you speak Spanish, do you mind if I interview you in Spanish?" I ended up getting the job, and I constantly remind my students the value of studying foreign languages! Buena suerte!
Congrats you must be so proud!!!! I hope one day to put in my cv that I'm speaking Italian and even more languages it's so important nowadays to learn and study all the time there is so much competition in the world !!!!
I surprised an Italian foreign exchange student I met, although all I said was that my Italian wasn't very good.
Heck, I impressed a neighbour who was Italian just by asking about the topic of a magazine.
I work at a hospital registering patients for out patient procedures. I was registering a patient who was Italian and I mentioned that I was learning Italian because I am going to Italy in April. He asked me how long I had been studying and when I answered about six months, he started speaking Italian to me. It was so exciting to be able to understand and even converse with him in Italian. It just made my day.
There were a lot of multilingual people at my bookstore, so one nice thing about a lot of other places is they won't be expecting me to know Italian (or later French, or later German... etc.) At the bookstore one person kept trying to speak to me in German, and finally I thought about it and tried to say, "I don't speak German" lol. I'm sure it was horribly wrong.
Ah, it would have been fun to get through the German tree while I was there but between three jobs it was too busy.
Good luck :)
Haa. I'm not sure I would have been quick enough on my feet to reply like that. I hope you get the job!
It is so great to hear stories like this. The only thing that could be better is to find out that your Italian was the deciding factor in you getting that job! In bocca al lupo!
That's awesome! i hope you get the job, you must have really impressed him
You should post this on the main discussion stream, it's relevant to everyone!
Well done. For me, learning Italian fills many spots but getting a job isn't even on my list! Italian helps my music thing, my cooking thing, my ancestor thing, my Samantha C. thing and planning my next trip to Italy. If I had a hotel thing it would work for that too. Buona Fortuna!
This happens when ever im in the store and get a chance to help someone who doesnt speak english!
As a foreigner living in a foreign country....that is the best thing ever to happen to people learning a new language..! Fair play to you!
I just returned from a trip to Italy and I can't tell you how happy I was that I took the initiative to learn Italian before going. It helped me so much in asking for directions, at restaurants being able to read the menu and ask for il conto perfavore, at the hotel asking at the front desk "mi puo chiamere un taxi per noi perfavore. It was fantastic and I could read the signs at the stores and able to understand.