I recently moved abroad. I've been learning the native language for a couple of years, and can converse at a basic level, but I'm still not proficient enough to speak or write in it at a fluent level (at least not at the same level as English).
I'm looking at job vacancies, and I see some listed in the native language. With the help of Google Translate, I can understand what it is talking about. (It also helps that the jobs are in computer programming, so I can easily see the bullet points for desired skills.)
Would it be acceptable to send a cover letter written in English, which I am more comfortable and proficient in? I have a basic understanding of the native language, but I fear my simplistic writing would be a turn off of my potential (e.g. "I am smart and would like to work at your company. You would also like me at your company."). I could write "I understand [native language] and can speak and understand at a basic level, but I am more proficient in English.", but where in the cover letter would be a good place for it without it sounding awkward or forced?
Some might think: Why apply for a job in a language you aren't comfortable with?
I'm willing to work in a job that requires using the native language everyday - I am willing to learn the language. I just am not at a fluent level yet.
Context: I moved from the United States to the Netherlands. I know that most Dutch people know English, but I am not sure if it is okay to assume that the hiring people know it.