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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

reverse culture shock, part i

It's hard to be in a crowd of people speaking English. On one hand, being in a noisy crowd, I'm used to not listening---after all, I don't speak all that much Czech and wouldn't understand much anyway. We tone it out and the noise disappears. On the other hand, whenever we were out walking in Prague and we heard people speaking English, our ears would perk up and it was all we could do not to hone in on every word.

Well, now we're back in California and most people are speaking English most of the time everywhere we go. We haven't been used to hearing English as "background noise" for a long time and we catch ourselves inadvertantly eavesdropping on just about everybody.

So if you find that we strangely know your evening plans, your cousin's cell phone number or that you think that guy over there looks funny in that shirt, don't take it personally. We're adjusting.

4 Comments:

Blogger The Booters said...

ya i do that anyway, it is a terrible habit but i blame it on my mother.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Priya, Prior, Pyra said...

Yeah I did that and eventually it kinda fades away and you hear people but don't notice it so strongly. I don't know when it faded tho. It slowly diddipates I suppose.

1:43 AM  
Blogger Priya, Prior, Pyra said...

dissipates

1:43 AM  
Blogger Peta said...

oh, I feel sorry for you... I only thought this way for a few days. And once in a while I found it hard to speak Czech correctly... now I've been here 2 weeks and it's all better :)

So, I found your blog through Mike's. My blog was withoutmixture.blogspot.com but I'm taking a little break now... so if you wanna keep in touch, just email me at maitynka@gmail.com. I'd love to hear how things are going for you guys!! :)

-Petra

10:28 AM  

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