Sir Taxalot wrote:
Also make sure you learn a lot of cussing and industrial slang if you really want to fit in.
Reading this thread makes me realise how much I miss the diverse teams I worked with in London, and how fun it was explaining some of the curiosities of the everyday English language to our continental chums; as well as hearing about theirs (the Portuguese chap, for instance, had a huge problem with how Brazilians spoke)
You jest, but industrial language is a point of concern - I'm going to be responsible for the improvement strategies of our distilleries and governance of the regional leadership teams improvement and productivity agendas so I'm already having conversations about agave, irrigation, propagation, ovens, waste water treatment etc. I can imagine there going to be a lot of terms that a normal language course wouldn't cover!
I think I said before that there's no expectation on me to learn, and I might not, but it feels bad to have them apologise for their English when it's already brilliant and I'd love to be able to take part in their normal meeting structure at some point.