Speaking the local language: To be or not to be?

When someone randomly speaks to you in the local language out of nowhere.

Because you are there.. standing in the mechanical stairs of the metro, going up, and someone turns round and they speak at you.  I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Maybe it’s a sign that you are mixing well and you don’t look so lost in the crowd anymore… but, you can’t avoid to give them that look like… “I think I can’t really help you, hope you are not into an emergency.”

So… Is one supposed to learn the language of the place where moving in? Well… you are certainly not supposed to do so, and I guess this depends a lot on your future plans, but I think it is always nice to be able to communicate with locals in their language, at least in the most basic things. I always found respectful when travelling to other countries, the fact of getting previous knowledge of some basic phrases such as:

I don’t speak (Insert local language here) this is a little ironic… but very useful
I speak ___ and ___
I need help
I can’t understand
Food things… I usually know them pretty well (Because, what is it more important?)

No… seriously talking, is good to know some basic stuff to communicate, because not everyone will speak your language or English, so it is nice and polite that you actually ask them for help in their language or at least you ask them if they speak any of the languages you do speak.

On my side… I am starting to learn the language of the place I am living at… because I found myself very lost when people was talking to me and I could say nothing back, and because I know itwill help to integrate, even though is nice that the people from the country is also open to accept that not everyone speaks their language and maybe you end up spreading and sharing your culture around, why not? But I got to the conclusion, that learning the language, as hard as it may be, it is important and will help you a lot.

 

Then… you are learning the language and you start to understand what people say

And the most exciting part… when you learn the bad words!

Did you learn the language of where you are living? Are you planning to do so? What did you like the most about it? Want to hear your thoughts and stories!

 

 

 

 

 

Who, What and Why.

Another website is born!?! There are already thousands, millions of them! This one is a relaxed one, an open one, and we hope you don’t feel you are wasting your time around.

Ok, I’ll explain: The idea of this website is creating a shared space for Expats around the world. Sometimes it can be hard to cope with what comes along “Being an Expat” and some other times it can be amazing. I would say it is mostly amazing, forgetting al the bureaucracy and that boring and sadly necessary, stuff and papers that are required to do things the right or legal way.

Because there’s always a new paper to sign or a new thing to do in order to get your papers right!

So! I decided to start this space because I am an expat myself, because I’ve chosen to be an expat, and sometimes I found it so hard, and sometimes I still do find it difficult, but I am everyday working in doing my experience better, being more open to what happens around and to enjoy the experience everyday a little more.

Because we are all very excited when just arrived to our new-place-to-call-home, but then we start finding all the adversities… right?

There’s something very important that I would like to mention and it is that, the blog is intended to be positive, encouraging and respectful with other cultures. I have always been interested in different cultures and in growing tolerance towards others. Because we all come from different places, we all had different educations, and we are all humans. This is one of my guides in life.

How much better the world be if we could be more tolerant and if instead of negative critizicing, or thinking our way of doing things, or our thoughts are better than the rest, we would learn from each other and be open to Exchange. Stand in the other person’s feet for a while and see why are they like they are.

And so as I was saying… I started to feel curious about how others experience this, I started to think on how much people is going through this same process and in different circumstances, where maybe they haven’t chosen this, or where maybe they did, just like me.

The main point of this blog is sharing expats stories, making some fun about the day by day challenges we all face, and sharing things we learn from other cultures, to create positive vibes, and to basically speak about anything related or personal experience we had as an expat.

For now, the main language will be English, but hopefully I will get some time to translate into Spanish in the future. We will seeee!

So… Welcome, feel at ease, feel at your home, take your shoes off, and you are welcome to write and share your story with everyone anytime.

(This is how I am waving at you right now.)