Mar. 16th, 2011

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I've been talking to British people on the phone all day today and yesterday. It's very tiring talking to someone of a different culture you aren't that familiar with, without the aid of body language and facial expressions, and while concentrating on pronunciation so as to not seem foreign in a difficult to deal with way.

It was nice to be able to make some progress in communication as I got more practice, and sleeping on it definitely helped me put my experiences from yesterday into use. Now I feel like looking for jobs in the UK, so I can try living there and learn even more.

Then again, dealing with real people up close and personal while they're being confronted with one's foreignness can try one's love for their country. I consume a lot of British media and feel a lot of affection for the UK because of that, and because of some wonderful vacations I've been on to England and Scotland, and I don't really want to ruin that idealized image by having an experience like I did while living in Spain for the first time.

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