I’m the only American Fulbright teacher in the Moroccan program that doesn’t speak French. The Moroccan teachers speak at least three languages. Raise your hand if you think that occasionally Angie feels a little bit foolish. (Insert me raising my hand here.)
I need to learn another language! Every time I travel I think that. One of the biggest regrets of my life so far is that I only speak English. I took two years of Spanish in high school. . I was really successful at first, but then I didn’t understand. I stopped. I only wanted the credits so I could get into college. What a lame reason! Getting into college was important, but what about the greater reason? What about being a citizen of the world? What about being able to communicate with people across the world?
What was I thinking? Sheesh.
I’ve done a little better this year as I’ve been working to learn Inupiaq. I need to do even more.
Hey all you kids out there! Don’t be like me! Learn another language!