Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The new girl at the office

Being the new girl is so awkward—especially in a foreign culture. Do I make eye contact or keep to myself? Smile or act nonchalant? Introduce myself or speak only when spoken to? And how do you say in French:

Where do I get Post-It Notes?
Where is the bathroom?
Is there a phone list?
What do people do for lunch?
Is it okay if I close the window?
When will my computer be ready?
How do I get to the main conference room?
How much is the coffee machine?
Will you be my friend?

1 comment:

  1. I just stumbled upon your blog and its so funny to read your posts about Lost in Translation! Im also an American expat living and working in Paris and I can 100% agree with thats its awkward being the "new girl" in foreign culture! I've been at my job almost a year now and its still awkward! haha Everyday I ask myself... When will the awkwardness end!