After publishing my last post I started reading the blogs that I follow (it is raining after all!) and came across this one.   So am reblogging it as a perfect reply to my post about language, but from someone who lives in a foreign language. Just brilliant.

Feet from Shore

Yael Serena

I had wanted to write this post for quite some time now, as it is something I’ve been struggling with since I started this blog. As you probably already know or noticed, English is not my mother language. If you ask me, I’ll tell you that I started learning the language for real only two and a half years ago. I had English courses in school, of course, but I’ve always considered them a joke since they didn’t provide me a solid base to have a decent conversation with a native speaker.

Fortunately, everything changed when I went to Chicago to do my exchange program. After all the embarrassing moments and awkward looks of people who couldn’t understand me, I realized that I needed to do something. Then I started challenging myself with little things that helped me to get better; like reading novels and watching shows in English, spending…

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A long-term British expat - 18 years and counting

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