Do you speak different languages ? Do you only apply in countries speaking english easily?

I noticed there are some french, french canadian, italian, german members on this forum but the majority is english speaking (mother tongue)

I would like to know if some of you speak other languages and if it helps you obviously to be selected when you apply abroad by owners who are not american, british or australian.

Do you rely on english to manage in all situations ? Even in remote places in foreign countries ?
Is Google translator enough ?

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I sit across SE Asia but tends to be for owners who are American, Australian or European.
Most speak English well, as it is used in that region as the 2nd language of most locals.
I have sat for a German family in Japan, whose daughters spoke perfect English, with an American accent, a Dutch lady in Thailand, Brazilians in Singapore,
I have never really had any problem with language, and try to pick up a few words in each country, at least to be polite. So being able to speak a local language is not an issue.
(Thailand, Vietnam, Malasia, Indonesia, Japan, Hongkong, Singapore)
Edit : Probably the most difficult place has been Singapore, where English is the main language, but they have a version called Singlish - lah.


I apply to all sits in English but I add the fact that I can speak other languages if applicable to that country. I don’t know if this helps or not but can’t hurt. I have travelled to many countries (not pet sitting) where I don’t speak the language and I have always managed to get by without much problem.

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We speak enough Spanish to manage and have actively looked for sits in the past where we can practice our language skills, like Mexico, Spain etc. Now we are in France and our French is rusty but we are constantly improving. One thing we always do when we arrive in a country where English isn’t the 1st or 2nd language is to learn and write down phrases to deal with an emergency, either for ourselves, the property or the pets we are caring for. Phrases to ask for help at vets, make appointments etc. This Christmas we had to take an elderly pets to the vets in France and they did not speak English. Our preparation helped us get through the visit with no issues. This is a great translation app:

I use it all the time :slight_smile:


Would love to learn French

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