Living Green Olympia: Our exchange student starts high school

Our exchange student starts high school

This Wednesday was the first day of high school here for our exchange student from Slovakia, and it has certainly made me realize what a courageous thing it is for a student to come here to school from their home country.  Imagine traveling to another country to stay with a family that you have never met except via email.  Now imagine attending classes like Anatomy, Advanced Algebra, American Literature, US History - and doing the schoolwork in some language that is not your native tongue!  Now imagine doing all of that at 17 years old!  Of course maybe at 17 it is easier - I think I was braver about venturing into unknown territory at that age.  Although I never took on a venture quite like attending high school in another country!!

It is really fun though to revisit what high school is like through the eyes of someone new to our country.  And we are all getting pretty good at finding synonyms for unfamiliar words until we manage to bridge the language gap and understand each other.  And it is definitely humbling to realize how so many people of other countries routinely become fluent in multiple languages - I don't think my high school French would get me very far at all.  I am attempting to learn some words and phrases in Slovak - so far it is definitely good for laughs from our exchange student, so I might not have quite nailed the pronunciations yet!!

Now I just need to run across some real estate clients from Slovakia and I have the perfect translator to help me along.





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Comment balloon 0 commentsNancy Conner • September 05 2008 05:35PM