Monday, July 03, 2006

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Interesting article at Expatica Germany on the ups and downs of teaching English in this country.


At July 04, 2006 8:16 a.m., Anonymous tobias said...

What is the latest with Germans learning English? I suppose most of us still believe Germans speak poor English (if at all) with a slight touch of Arnold S in the accent... Are we wrong?

At July 04, 2006 9:42 a.m., Blogger J said...

Thanks for the article. I actually know John. I agree with most of what he has written, but not all of it.

At July 04, 2006 9:53 a.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Interesting. I wonder if the pay and working conditions are better in Switzerland. On second thought, it's probably pretty similar.

At July 04, 2006 1:50 p.m., Blogger Maribeth said...

My husband lived and worked in Germany for 11 years. However, this was back in the days before reunification.
He worked for Pan AM and was based in West Berlin.
He knew some German, but went to school to "master" the language. Even so, they had a liason with the company who handled things for the pilot group. Many of the pilots did not learn the language, and most felt they did fine living there.
Since things were still dicey politically, Pan Am was treated quite well by the government.

At July 04, 2006 4:03 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

I read that too yesterday. Sort of scary if you ask me!

At July 07, 2006 2:11 p.m., Blogger christina said...

tobias - Well, a lot of people say that Germans speak English very well, but you certainly can't compare it to the level in Scaninavia. Kids start learning English now in third grade ( 8 or 9 yrs old).

J - I thought you might know him. I'd be interested to hear your views. I'm sure so much depends on what part of Germany you work in, what your employer is like and what kind of career goals you have.

CS- I'm not really sure how it is in CH but I can imagine they would get paid more since the cost of living seems to be lot higher than in Germany.

maribeth - Seems that a lot of people do manage to get by without ever learning the language properly.

Expat - It is scary. Pretty hard to make a living at it if you have a family to support.

At July 09, 2006 12:21 p.m., Blogger Pardon My French said...


What were the ups, again? It doesn't seem that different from teaching in France. I have a very good situation, actually, but there is zero job security and there is no doubt I am financially dependent on my husband. And amen to the weird hours and travelling. I freak out a little bit when I think about retirement...what happens when expats retire in Europe? I need to look into that; I've just been putting it off!

At July 10, 2006 3:20 p.m., Blogger christina said...

pardon my french - It probably is a bit different in France, I'm not really sure,. As for retirement, that's something that freaks me out too. In Germany, expat or not, if you're married and your spouse dies, you get some sort of a pension. I have no idea what people on their own do if they haven't been paying into some kind of retirement savings plan.


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