Saturday, December 13, 2008

Noise!

When we returned to the US in October we were startled by a certain phenomenon. After spending nearly four months in countries where English is not the primary language spoken, we were used to much hubbub surrounding us...but it was sounds that we didn't understand...it became sort of like "white noise."

On our first subway ride back in the US we were both positively overwhelmed with the volume of people speaking around us. For months the only English we heard was when someone was speaking to us directly. It felt like every person on the rush hour subway was trying to get my attention specifically. It took about a week for me to stop whipping my head around to every poor person who spoke on their cell phone or talked to their dog.

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