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Some advice from another person who knows
more than one culture:
You: Everybody asks me about
Canada, and then they don't seem interested in my answer.
Master Yoda: Yes, people ask
to be nice and they really are interested, but they can't really
understand since they've never been there. Also, it is impossible
for you to summarize 1 year of deep experiences into a few sentences.
Don't try so hard. Just say something nice and short and let it pass.
You: Wow! I know so many
new things but my family and friends haven't really changed. I'm so
smart and everybody else is so stupid! HA HA HA HA!!!!!
Master Yoda: Yes, you are
special, but don't forget everyone else is special too. Equally
special. It may take some time to see, but what good is your new deep
vision if you can't see things like that? This feeling will go away
soon but for now, don't act stuck up and keep your eyes wide open!
You: Darn! My English is
disappearing. I feel like the melting man! AHHHHHHHHH!
Master Yoda: No. It's not
disappearing, the FLUENCY is getting slower. It's like a guitar player
who doesn't practice for a while. If you live in an English speaking
community again, it will all come back at the speed you had
accomplished before. Ask my number one student Mr. Walsh. The
language is still there and you can pull it out of your head. It just
takes a little longer. Another thing not to forget is that Japan
entrance exam English has very little to do with communication. You are
an expert at communication. Be proud, but work hard next year to polish
up your other skills.
You: Well now that I've done
this wonderful thing and become an international person, what should I
Master Yoda: Find your next
goal and go for it! Your next goal may have nothing to do with Canada
or English, or maybe it will be somehow connected. Either way is OK.
The important thing is to move forward.