I guess the most important thing is to pay attention when talking to foreigners and try to accommodate to their requests to help them understand you better.
I keep running in to the problem that Dutch people start speaking English even though I asked them to stick to Dutch
@ctrlaltchaos @thor Most Scandinavians do, but I have experienced several cases where Danes prefer to switch to English, presumably to avoid the "understanding something but not everything"-part. Also, my impression is that most Norwegians understand Swedes and Danes better than they understand us. Not sure why.
@albert @rsolva @thor As a German living in the UK, I feel that it's relatively easy to gain a basic understanding of English. But there exists a deep end, consisting of countless different words carrying very nuanced meanings of the same principle thing...This apparently arose from the mixture of so many different languges into English. They ended up with many words for the same thing which where subsequently differentiated. It's very subtle but can bite you in the bum.
@rsolva @ctrlaltchaos @thor Haha, exactly my experience when I lived in NL...After a while I became fluent enough that people would stick with Dutch, but it took a while... I had some looong conversations where the Dutch person would speak English and I kept speaking Dutch. After a while I started treating it as a kind of sport, to see how long I could keep it going like that.
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