ellow expats living in Germany: when you go to the doctor, do you conduct the appointment in German or English?
I have to admit that even after four and a half years here, I don't feel I could talk about a problem with a doctor in German without having to talk around something or leave something out because I don't feel I can completely explain it in German... and with health, you don't want to mess around. I'm happy to talk to the staff, nurses, and whoever else and fill out all the forms in German (okay, if the form has a complicated question, I will switch to English to respond), but with the doctor, I just don't think I can pull it off. It really makes me feel like a jerk to go in there and demand my own language, but I still think it's better than leaving without being sure I explained the problem correctly.
If you do conduct your appointments entirely in German, how long did it take before you felt you could do that?