Cultural discrepancy + gender discrepancy + language discrepancy + personality discrepancy = MAJOR CONFUSION!!!

So I have a job and it’s all very exciting and good because I need to pay the bills.  But my boss is a sabra who doesn’t speak any enlish so we are going on my limited hebrew.  I undestand like 80% of what is said, as long as people don’t mumble or whisper or talk while someone is vaccuming or something like that.  (Fuzzy intercoms don’t help.)

My boss seems to be happy with my work, he tells me I am doing a good job and gives me a big smile when he sees that I am talking care of business.  But he gets upset when I don’t understand him because he mumbles or talks REALLY FAST.

He never calls me with my hours, he says he will and then he doesn’t and I don’t know if its because he’s overworked and doesn’t have a second to arrange the hours, or if he is irresponsible, or if he is so annoyed that I don’t understand him all the time that he is being annoying so that I’ll quit.

I’m not quitting.  First of all I’m not a quitter. Second of all I need work, so why would I go and do a dumb thing like QUIT?

I am such a girl.

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3 Responses to Cultural discrepancy + gender discrepancy + language discrepancy + personality discrepancy = MAJOR CONFUSION!!!

  1. Mandy says:

    Don’t worry, keep trying. But maybe you should try for another job if you’re not able to understand what exactly he says. Language barriers are very bad!

  2. Deborah says:

    I made Aliya from France 2 years ago.
    I had good times in Israel and less good times, but I know it was the right decision to come here.
    I will be happy to answer any questions from people who think of doing it and give my advise to them.
    Having relatives in Israel already is a big asset.
    In case someone wants to find new relatives and stay in touch with the old ones, I can recommend the Israeli website http://www.jworld.famillion.com
    Famillion is a worldwide family project connecting people across the globe, transcending borders and languages. you simply build your family tree and the system matches it with related trees and that way you connect to new or old relatives and make your family tree grow. you can also upload pictures and exchange family stories.
    It s a great tool to find relatives and stay in touch with them.
    So, guys, let s get all connected!!!
    looking forward to receiving your comments…
    Stay in touch,

    Deborah

  3. Hebrewman says:

    Hi Debby,

    I made ALiyah 5 years ago from Vienna.
    I agree, life aint always easy in Erez Israel, but it just always felt right for me to be here.
    I know the http://www.jworld.famillion.com site already. My aunt is a high school teacher and she told me that Famillion had this roots project in Israeli schools all over the country to make children build their family tree and strenghten the students sense of belonging and heritage.
    ANyway, connecting the Jewish world sounds always good, so I will also build my tree!!!!
    dash,
    Jonathan

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