Are you going abroad? For a few days or longer? And you have a ton of questions?
Are you looking for ideas for language, meeting new people? You’ve come to the right place! This article will give you some tips to make your life easier abroad, especially in Munich.
I’m back with a new article! Today I’ll talk to you about tools! In addition to the indispensable tools for assembling Ikea furniture, what I have been doing intensively recently, there are indispensable tools to make life easier for expatriates, a short overview:
Good news, if you are from the European Union , you can now use your data abroad because roaming is now included in your package. If you are outside Europe, finding a chip with data must be one of your priorities! Why? Well, all these tools are on the internet and accessible from your smartphone and they will make your everyday life a lot easier.
What I recommend first of all, of course, to answer all your questions is Google, but it’s not always easy to find The right answer among this flood of information. So you can use other tools and the first one I think of is Facebook.
When I knew I was going to Munich, the first thing I did was to look for Facebook groups. Like most expats, I am not a fan of communitarianism, but in the end the best source of information is the friends who have experienced the same thing before us. So I started by signing up for “Français à Munich” then “parents in Munich” then “Munich nanas”. When you start to join a group, the others are suggested (thanks fb for saving my time) and I have extended the community to expats. So I joined “Munich – International friends” or “Parents in Munich”.
The first thing I did was to go through the posts and watch the new comments passively. I learned before I even came that housing and babysitting is a big thing… I also learned quickly that the Germans are fans of festive local songs like the one we are all ashamed of knowing by heart… that you can find French bakeries apparently excellent and that the Germans are definitely not kidding with the religious tax. In short, a lot of information that I would not have sought at first sight but which allows me to familiarize with the local culture.
You have the possibility to search in posts for a precise answer and if you don’t already have the answer, then make your own post, the community will answer you quickly!!
I even ended up creating my own local group to bring people together in my small town.
It will also allow you to meet new people by proposing appointments with people sharing your interests (knitting for example…)
Instagram often shows very nice pictures, but it can be a great tool for tourism.
Indeed, each item is completed with #’s. These hashtags are keywords that will describe the image. So I first made a search with #Munich #Bavaria, etc. to see what was there to discover in the area. Interesting spots in big cities are often very easy to find on the net, in the countryside it’s something else. The images I found allowed me to see that there were beautiful lakes close by, nice little towns, ski resorts… and misguided little restaurants and cafes.
The Internet is also full of information but they are often in German, such as the website of your city or region. The solution is in the following lines.
Google, in its browser, has set up a very practical tool for me who does not speak German. The automatic page translator! I arrive on a website in German and Google is playing it’s magic so it translates into French.
To do this you need to enable automatic translation by going to the settings (3 small dots (…) > settings > content settings > Google translation) and everything is translated automatically .
Certainly, this is Google translation and it’s common knowledge that it’s often approximate but it does the job and it allows you to be more autonomous!Another useful feature of Google translation is the translation of documents from photos. Google detects the text, lets you select
the word or words you want to translate by passing them over with your finger and translating them when you release. For the quality we will pass again but it is useful for menus in restaurants, administrative documents,…
But if you are looking for a high-performance translator, I recommend the following one.
He is an intelligent translator who uses internet resources to improve and it works!
I use it to translate emails I receive from kindergarten and the result is much better than Google translation. In addition, it allows you to paste a large amount of text, I put the whole mail in it and they are often very long!
So much for the basic tools. I will tell you later about other tools to go further.