How I Learn Languages

Ask a Native Speaker: How do you feel when Chinese-Learners Speak to you in Chinese?

Since coming to Yale, many Chinese-learners have tried to speak Chinese to me, and it always made me feel awkward. For me, language is a means to an end, so if we're both most fluent in English, why not just speak in it? (Longer piece on my personal feelings here). I started to wonder if… Continue reading Ask a Native Speaker: How do you feel when Chinese-Learners Speak to you in Chinese?

Life · Life in Korea

How Korea made me American and Korean-American (?)

Surprising Development #1: Frances identifies more strongly as 'MURICAN. I have spent extended periods of time in Japan and Taiwan without feeling this way. But when I stepped on a plane back to the U.S. after three months in Korea, I felt extremely relieved to see FELLOW AMERICANS. It made me feel a little bit better when one… Continue reading How Korea made me American and Korean-American (?)