I am at home with my family, and it is lovely. It’s also a little bit weird. After a year in Korea, suddenly everything at home seems a little bit… odd. Everything is in English – people in the street, the radio, the TV, the ads down the side of my hotmail page – it’s a little overwhelming.
And it appears that I too have changed:
I enthusiastically illustrate conversations with unnecessary hand gestures.
I have to remind myself to use words that are more than 2 syllables.
I bow to everyone passing on the street.
I don’t understand many of the pop culture references from the past year.
Perhaps the worst though is my reaction to Asian-looking people. I immediately begin to speak slowly and clearly, and to use lots of hand gestures to communicate with them. Inevitably, I am mortified to discover that they are native English speakers. Perhaps this is a normal side-effect of teaching in Asia? I hope it passes soon!
I have one more week at home before school starts in Korea on September 3rd. See you then! 😀