Re: [OT[ Question for German speaking DBAs

From: Martin Klier <>
Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2012 21:23:10 +0100
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Hi Alan,

I'm German, and I'm a DBA, so I may fit in your filter. :)

Guillermo Alan Bort schrieb:
> Hey guys (or should I say Sehr Geehrte Damen und Herren),
> I'm (slowly) learning German, I'm hoping to move to Germany within the
> next year or so and as I hope to get a job as a DBA or something of the

From my - subjective - perspective, technical English isn't very much necessary for a DBA in Germany. Most technicans speak English very well, at least for technical terms.

But what Stefan Knecht wrote in his very good reply in this thread is very true: Socially you will have a hard time without speaking and/or reading German. This has nothing to do with people do not want to speak English - the ones who can, will do and love it. But most of them do not practice speaking very often (despite the fact that everybody has to learn it at school for three years in lowest school level), and thus, are unsure and hesistate - what they think - to make a fool out of themselves.

Your social life in Germany will depend heavily on the environment - in a city like Munich, Hamburg or Frankurt you will easily find bilingual people teching you to speak German by the way. But in the countryside (where you may find surprisingly attractive DBA jobs) it's not given that you can even talk basics to the landlord, and you definitively won't get a rental contract in English. Exception: Wherever US armed forces or British Army bases are, people are used to speak English, even  in the middle of nowhere.

Good luck, and let me know in PM if you need practical help.


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