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Second language barriers…

Posted on September 30th, 2008 by Laura Herrejón

This semester I decided to take 18 credit hours. Oh wow! It’s so much work. I am taking: Business Statistics, Core, Finite Mathematics, Principles of Macroeconomics and Financial Accounting. They are all very interesting classes but they take a lot of dedication and the truth is that sometimes they take more work than normal, because of the barriers found when studying in my second language. The good thing about this is that I learn so much, and my vocabulary and speech keeps improving every day.

I remember the first time I came to the States and actually stayed for a while, I remember that one time I got sick from food poisoning, and in Mexico, you when you get sick like this, you say “me intoxiqué” which is like ” I got intoxicated” and when I said that in English, everybody saw me weird… like “why is this girl saying intoxicated like this?” It wasn’t until later when I realized that saying this in English meant that I had gotten drunk, and that was definitely not the case.

Having the opportunity of living in the United States, really has helped me to develop in my academic and learning part of my life, and also in my prsonal growth. I am sure that misunderstandings like those ones will happen again, and that is ok, because you learn from them, and that is what is important.

2 Responses to “Second language barriers…”

  1. Peter Says:

    Wot a great blog! I am really enjoying this, please keep up the posts Laura!

    Its funny that you mention about intoxicated, one of my friends from South America kept saying that and I always thought he was telling me he was drunk – I could never work it out! Now I have :)

  2. Laura Herrejón Says:

    Peter!
    Isn´t it crazy how simple phrases like “I am intoxicated” can influence the way a conversation ends?

    I am glad you understand your friend now… if you ever have another question like that, well just write it in the website and I will try to answer as soon as possible!

    Thank for the comment!!!

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