I'm so thankful for my expat friends. There are some hurdles to moving somewhere new by yourself, and there are even more when one is moving to a new country. My awesome friends have helped me a lot since I've moved here and it's so kind of them. Luckily for me, they are much more fluent in German than I am.
When I went to buy furniture at Ikea (both times), it went something like this:
Me, to salesperson, in German: hello, good day.
German salesperson: something nice in German, which I only understand a few words
and then me saying, Sorry?
German salesperson, looking a bit panicky: some bits of English, but lots of German
My friend, swooping in and saving the day: saying everything for me that needed to be said, auf Deutsch
German salesperson: smiling and looking relieved
Me: smiling and looking relieved