Because markers imply that there is further to go, and milestones sounds so tragic.
The last two days, I’ve come home and home to find Claudia working on the computer. We’ve had nice conversations, the type that I wish that I had more of with Spaniards. I still am short of 100% proficient on all conversation topics, but I can talk easily without thinking. Today, she asked me if I even noticed what language I was speaking, which I thought was a huge compliment.
On another note, always be nice to foreigners. I can remember times that I specifically reached out to people with less-than-perfect English skills, but I never thought anything of it. I’m not sure how to exactly convey how much it means when people try to help me.
Today, my law professor was explaining how he wanted us to mark our answers for the test. The guy next to me, who’s never spoken to me before, asked me, in English, if I understood. That was it, but it just felt nice to know someone cared, even just a little, about how I was getting along.
I think part of the reason I hate that class so much is just because nobody talks to me. Course, I don’t really talk to people, but they all know each other and talk in big groups. And since I was too scared to say anything in the beginning, it’d be weird to try to join in now. In general, everyone at school seems used to always having a couple of foreign kids in their class, and they know we are leaving, so they just kinda ignore us.
I started a new class on the Cold War last week. In an attempt to avoid the social setting of my law class, I tried to hide the fact that I am foreign. My attempts were futile. I don’t know if I wear a sign on my back or if tall blonde just falls too far out of sync with what your average Spaniard looks like, because people can always tell that I’m an American, before I ever say a word.
Anyways, on Tuesday, I passed the attendance sheet to the guy ahead of me in the middle of class. He turned to take it and mouthed a quiet “thank you” without thinking. It baffles my mind how easily people always know, but at least he was being nice.