Mom of Lizzy’s classmate is Korean and is eager to set up playdates for the girls. She apologized via text that her English is poor (using google translate to send me the text), she wishes to chat with me while girls play but her English is not ready for that. I felt bad knowing it. I realized how privilege I am to be able to master 3 languages effortlessly. Because of her language limitation, she can only befriend with Koreans here, narrowing her social circle a lot.
I had no lunch plan yesterday, so around noon I walked around the office to see if anyone wanted to have lunch with me (Friday is usually quite empty the office). Then I found Daniel from Mexico still working. I asked him if he wants to grab lunch with me, he happily agreed. We had a quick lunch, chatting/venting about work, potential tourist locations to visit, etc., all in Spanish. He arrived just few months ago, somehow we bounded quickly as we are both new to the country, and that we are both from Latin America (me not technically but close enough). Because we can speak spanish together, we immediately felt closer to each other.
Today I am receiving a colleague friend from Australia to visit us and have lunch together. I like him a lot as professional and as person. Although he’s in his 60s, we are good friends and have a lot to chat about. Again, we can do that because there’s no language barrier.
Talking about languages, I need to start reading again in chinese and spanish… it feels so different when reading non-english books. Language has a power of wiring our brains differently. It’s good practice to exercise those wires from time to time.
I am grateful for the treadmill in our gym to allow me to still run despite poor air quality.