This year I would like to share with you about my journey as an ex-pat.
As a little girl, my dad always told me about all his travels and I grew up wanting to discover the world, to learn about new cultures and new languages.
English was the first door that I opened in school in Guatemala City. I learned American English; however I lacked confidence to talk in public. When I was 9 years old, I was in a shopping mall with my little sister and I can still remember vividly asking a security guard where the bathroom is. This simple question, open the world of communication for me. You see, everything in life is better if you try it. You can make drawings and plans, but until you don’t try even if you accent is not perfect then you keep practicing and your confidence grows.
Now, I have been in England for nearly 8 years and I realized I had to learn English all over again. Words like colour and flavour sound better in a British Accent. I am learning how to pronounce “v” and “B” (accent is not so notorious in Spanish) and I could write a big list of words I have to think about saying and sometimes I get wrong.
You can see more at http://www.singularis.ltd.uk/bifroest/misc/homophones-list.html
In 1993, I had the opportunity to travel to Minneapolis in Minnesota. I went with my best friend from Guatemala and it was an amazing month full of activities. We attended high school, we practiced English and we saw snow for the first time. It was so exciting, we were not prepared for everything to be cover overnight. For many, having seasons is the norm, for people living in the tropics, this is amazing!