So you've just taken up that OS position, or maybe you've even been there for a while. Would you go so far as to try and learn the language of your adopted country, even such everyday phrases as "hello", "good morning" ,"how much does that cost?" etc. In my last posting the school put on language classes for all of its international staff, and I was able to learn some pretty basic Russian which I found useful in dealing with certain situations both in- and outside the school. Amazingly, my ESL students were also pretty impressed with my pathetic attempts to communicate with them in their own language, and even tried to assist on occasions by correcting my woeful pronunciations. But did you, or would you seek to learn the foreign language concomitant with your posting? And if so, how did (or would) you go about it -school-based classes, after school tuition or other? ...and has it been an advantage, or was it just a waste of time? I'd be interested in hearing your views/experiences etc.