Sunday, December 18, 2011

What distracted blogging leads to

So I just noticed that the times on my blog posts are really off. It is not 4 in the morning here, or at home, so I don't know why my blog thinks that is the correct time... maybe I can fix that. Yeah okay fixed that! Problem solved. So like I just said, I really enjoy reading other exchange students post's and I found a really funny one from a girl who was in Norway last year. It's about "You know you're an exchange student when..." and has some really funny ones, so I'm gonna put the ones that I completely have done and add some that are also true, but not on her list. so ready, set, go!

You know you're an exchange student when...

you spend a lot of time smiling, nodding, and pretending you understand what's going on.

you've called every person who says "hi" to you your friend... because you don't really have any yet.

you've said something like 'oh yes' or 'not thanks' only to have everyone laugh because your answer made no sense compared to the question.

You got out of a punishment of being yelled at, or gotten out of school work because you didn't understand the language or pretended that you didn't.

you have gone in to greet someone with a shake of hands and find yourself being pulled into an awkward hug/double kiss on the cheek/handshake or the other way around.

It becomes habit to introduce yourself by saying 'I am from (country) and my name is (name)

You 'talk' to your pets when you phone home.

You can't imagine what life will be like without all the wonderful things you have experienced and friends you have made in your new country.

You can't remember the words for things so you make them up, and everyone understands exactly what you mean, or thinks that your word is cooler than the real word.

you try to speak in the native language and everyone immediately knows "You're not from around here". (edit, or then speaks English to you)

you are always counting the time difference between where you are and home.

You've got friends on more than two continents

You have trouble explaining to your host family why you celebrate certain holidays in your country.

'Good job! I understood you!' is a compliment.

Then these are mine that aren't on that list.

you understand everything when someone is talking or is asking any of the following to you, or to someone about you: Where is she from? Is she English? How long have you been here?

you can now answer the above questions in the native language.

you sometimes forget your own language, and are starting to forget words or spell English words wrong.

everyday is a new adventure, but sometimes nothing that would be of significance to other people happens

people mistake you for a local, until you speak

doing homework is classified as translating it. Doing it is another assignment that you don't want to do.

you read everything just to try to understand, including food labels.

Well, that's all I can think of for right now.. I have no idea if any of you will find this funny, but I know that the other exchange students would all completely agree with this.

oh! This is for Mr. Eckerson if he reads this soon. I gave my project on Confederations and Federations, and it went really well, and everyone learned at least one thing, but it ended up being too much information for all of them! haha so thanks for your help!

1 comment:

  1. I laughed at many of these! I also really enjoyed your prior two posts -- just thought I would comment only once here :) I hope you had a good Christmas and did not get too homesick. What beautiful things you saw leading up to Christmas. One of the things Roosa, our exchange student from Finland, and I have talked about is how much less commercial Christmas is in Finland than here. Did you find that in the Netherlands too?

    News from FA: the juniors are just starting their SE meetings with Miss Wilbrandt. Made me think that maybe you and I should have an email or Skype chat about your current thinking for your SE? Send me an email with your thoughts!

    (side note: I think it is really cool that you went to Germany -- I have never been there and have wanted to go for awhile!)