Ah, don't be afraid. In my experience, most people are friendly and open to others here--it's not like every person you meet is a violent racist. It's just something you've got to be aware of, and it's the bad things that tend to leave a stronger impression than the good. Also, when people are curious about why you're here, it's more a question of "why are you here in this god forsaken land" type of attitude, because the weather is "s**t", and "there's nothing here", so to speak. Also, when they talk in English, they're trying to be helpful. It's not out of spite, even though it hinders one from learning the language.
Well, being a month in Spain will probably help you a lot since you'll be in a Spanish-speaking environment.
You thought I was fluent? Did I give off that impression? I'm sorry. emotion_0A0
Nah, I still have a lot problems, and actually coming here has made me realise how much I need to practice.
I can get by in basic things, but if I were to have an indepth conversation about some topics, I'd be scratching the bag of my head. Reading and writing is 10x much easier.
Another problem is that I hate standing out; I'm fine talking with my teachers, but when I get to the cash register for example, or go out to a concert, I'm afraid to speak, because as soon as I open my mouth they'll know, and I have to go through explaining why I am here, how I got to Denmark, etc, etc, etc. It's so tiring, and the worst thing is, I often don't get the chance to practice because the Danes revert to English. Also, Denmark has an issue with foreigners, and there is a lot of bias against them here. It's not uncommon I run into drunk racists on the trains when coming home at night, and I have no problems passing as a "European", but it can be quite troublesome if I'm with my friends from Vietnam, for example.
Wow, that turned into a rant about things I hate about Denmark. Sorry.
Well, to say that I forgot "everything" is a bit of a generalisation. I mean, when I went to Berlin I could understand some basic things, but I couldn't converse with anyone.
It's almost the same with Danish, I can read and listen to what they're saying, but actually forming a natural sentence is difficult. I had a year to practice and learn it better, but that didn't happen. gonk
That's what happens when you attend an English-speaking school in another country.
Do you have plans of travelling throughout Europe after you study in Spain? If so, I suggest you plan early. Believe it or not, I managed to visit five countries just under $1000, and that included food, boarding, and public transportation.
No, I stopped German a while ago, and I've pretty much forgot everything... except for tschüss.
...completely off-topic, but we use to talk a lot didn't we?
You always seem to run into Swedish-speaking people... are there that many Swedes in Georgia?
I've basically been visiting people non-stop because... well, the worst thing about attending an international school is the fact that you may never see any of these people again. I've lived here for a year, and I swear to God I know some of these people better than friends I've known for years. I have a lot of travel plans.
Oh exclaim And I went to Berlin; I highly recommend.