Expat Homesickness – 3 Ways to Deal with it and Heal from it


You hear the term ex-pat a lot.

I’ll be honest. I never really knew what it meant until I started teaching ESL. I associated the term with retirees sipping piña coladas on islands in the Caribbean. Just in case you are like me and don’t know the definition, the Oxford Dictionary defines an ex-pat as a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than their native country.

Come to find out, the term actually applied to me. Who knew? My guess is that it might apply to you, too. You see, I’ve lived in Germany twice in my life. I lived their temporarily while studying and later while doing an internship. And, let me tell you…

I did not make a good expat. There was neither piña colada drinking nor much enjoyment at all for that matter. In fact, I was terribly homesick both times.

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How to succeed in the international workplace when English is not your first language

You are outgoing, confident, and witty. Your colleagues always compliment you on your speaking abilities and presentation skills.

But now that you’re working in an English language environment, everything feels off.

You’re less enthusiastic about speaking up during meetings or volunteering for presentations. In fact, you’ve become the opposite of the social person you used to be and you’re worried about your accent or self-conscious about pronunciation. When a big part of your job is about interpersonal skills this is a problem.

A few workplace communication challenges you probably face include:

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Wie Sie bei englischsprachigen Terminen glänzen – 6 einfache Tipps

Meeting auf Englisch

Sie sind perfekt für das Meeting mit ihren englischsprachigen Kollegen oder Geschäftspartnern vorbereitet, haben alle Fakten im Kopf und sind Ihre Präsentation ein Dutzend mal im Kopf durchgegangen – doch als Sie an der Reihe sind, ist Ihr Vertrauen in Ihre Sprachkenntnisse verschwunden?  

Sie kennen das? Dann ergeht es Ihnen wie vielen anderen.

Kein Wunder, kommen doch zwei Dinge zusammen, die für deutsche Mitarbeiter in internationalen Teams das Gespräch erschweren: Zum einen ist es die Aufregung, die manche insbesondere vor wichtigen Terminen erfasst. Hinzu kommt die Herausforderung, die Gesprächsinhalte kompetent und korrekt in der Fremdsprache Englisch vorzutragen. Doch es gibt ein paar einfache Techniken, die Sie für Gespräche oder Vorträge auf Englisch bestens vorbereiten. Wir zeigen Ihnen, was zu bedenken ist.

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Performance Issue or Language Barrier? How to Know.

language barrier

Recruiting or managing international talent is an important component of today’s global workforce. Large multinational corporations that have a strong base of employees and managers that are local to their region also tend to have less turnover and higher morale. However, when fitting all the disparate people and teams together, the issue of language skills inevitably comes up. While English may be the lingua franca of many large corporations, managers will find varying degrees of proficiency that may or may not be masking larger issues.

This makes employee evaluations one of the more difficult aspects of the job because it can often be difficult to tell whether the issues holding a person back are performance-related or simply due to a language barrier. In this article we’ll look at ways to discern between the two.

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5 Good Reasons Why We Should All Care About Employee Engagement

Employee engagement has been a hot topic among HR experts for at least a decade now, yet Gallup reports that about 70 percent of employees are still not fully engaged in the workplace. The Society for Human Resource Management found that 55 percent of employees are not engaged or are apathetic about their work, and another 26 percent are actively disengaged. Forty-eight percent of employees are actively seeking new jobs and careers.

Does this mean it does not matter if managers treat employee engagement as a higher or lower priority?

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Wie Sie beim Small Talk mit Engländern und Amerikanern glänzen können

„How do you do?“ – wer wurde nicht schon auf diese und ähnliche Weise von einem englischen oder amerikanischen Gesprächspartner begrüßt? Die Antwort darauf fällt vielen jedoch schwer, da wir in Deutschland Begrüßungen dieser Art kaum gewohnt sind. Anstatt eines lockeren „I’m fine, how are you?“ tendieren wir eher dazu, die Frage viel zu ausführlich zu beantworten. Dabei übersehen wir den lockeren und eher oberflächlichen Kern dieser Eingangsfrage; einem Klassiker des Small Talks. Wenn Sie sich ab und zu in der englischsprachigen Welt bewegen ist es deshalb ratsam, einige passende Antworten und Small Talk-Themen auf Lager zu haben. Wir geben Ihnen hilfreiche Tipps und Anregungen, wie Sie sich erfolgreich auf dem Small Talk-Parkett bewegen.

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How To Keep Small Talk Comfortable At Work

Small talk helps you build professional relationships. People do business with people they enjoy being around, and those who make good conversation fall into that category.

Nevertheless, actually making small talk can be intimidating. You don’t want to babble or dominate the conversation, but you also don’t want to be boring.

But most importantly, you don’t want to put your foot in your mouth. Say the wrong thing and you’re looking at a very awkward lunch break or meeting with your colleagues.

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The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a Remote Worker

Remote work

Wish you could work remotely while travelling the world? Eager to win international clients without buying a single plane ticket?

All you need to be a remote worker is a strong internet connection, an in-demand skill set, and a good work ethic.

Business savvy and a tough skin help, too.

But how do you get started?

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How Reading Comprehension Strategies Can Help You At Your Workplace

Star students demonstrate excellent reading comprehension skills. Guess what? Star job applicants do, too.

You don’t have to be born with great reading comprehension skills. It’s something you can pick up and practice, and there are specific strategies for developing this skill. Here are 3 reading comprehension strategies that you can apply to your job hunt.

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Wie Sie erfolgreich englischsprachige E-Mails verfassen

Von Frank Habbe

Vielen Menschen graut es allein beim Gedanken daran: Die ausstehende E-Mail auf das Angebot aus Manchester, die noch unbeantwortete Einladung des britischen Kollegen zu einem gemeinsamen Meeting oder der noch nicht fertige Bericht an den Chef in Detroit. Viele stellt die Formulierung solcher E-Mails vor große Probleme, da sie den Text in englisch verfassen müssen. Sicher fällt es den meisten etwas schwerer, in einer Fremdsprache zu kommunizieren, doch wenn Sie sich an ein paar Regeln halten, sollte Sie dies vor kein großes Problem stellen.

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