Friday, 28 October 2011
my first time abroad...
I was already 21 and in my head, going to America would be easy because I knew a bit of english... NO, was absolutelly a disaster!!!! hahahaha.. because you study english... you are in "intermediate" level class.. you think you know "english"!!!??? (pause hehe... sorry babe, that is NOT english!! hehehe)...If you really want to learn english you must go OUT, is tottaly different ...I remember going to that trip thinking that I could at least talk, make little chats, ask for informations...but when you get there... nothing!! and then you see yourself asking for a lollipop to a vendor by licking your finger with your tonge...hahahaha... terrible!!! Why??? was I nervous???... I also almost (I said ALMOST) ask for a "face cream" as a "face Vanilla" (because in portuguese the translation for "vanilla" sometimes is "cream").. oh my!!! hehehe... And I have to tell that I've NEVER said that to anyone!!! I made sooo many mistakes... I felt such an idiot... hehehe... but, after a nice shower I could think: ok, but can only make this kind of mistakes who have been there... those who've tried to left their houses e GO abroad and try... and don't be ashamed of making mistakes, errors... in the safety of my house, I'd never improved my english enough!!! At this point I had to change my mind... If I want to know more... if I want to inprove... I have to start taking risks... (and that is for many things in our lives.. not only about learning a new language...)
I made more mistakes in that trip... hahahaha.. many more... of course not as embarassing as myself licking my finger to ask for a lollipop!! hahahahaha, but happens... and made me want much more!!! A year later I returned to Miami with my parents.. and that was a veeery different trip, I was more confident to do things, ask things, even a tornado passed by us... a real one, and we could understand what we should do, without asking for translation!!!
Moral? never give up... don't be afraid of making mistakes... don't be afraid of trying... the best think to "cut the ice" is learning how to "laugh at yourself"... it's really fun and helps!!!
Have a nice weekend!!!
* Do you have any story like that? Have you ever been "lost-in-translation" like me?? If you want to share you can put as a comment or e-mail me and we can make a new post and laugh together.... hehehe... let's see!