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Language Barriers

Now that we are actively trying to speak czech out in the public arena as we order food, etc. we are finding some minor obstacles. It seems that it can frustrate locals when we attempt to speak the language. In fact, sometimes it seems that they are not as nice when they realize that we are not czech! Of course, I am sure some of this is our own insecurity tainting our perception. We also realize that some of this attitude stems from the czech people experiencing Americans and other internationals in negative ways! Sometimes they will refuse to even speak to us in czech and just wait until we ask if they speak English. We will keep trying! I guess we will have to endure many looks that say: “You are not too bright, are you?” along our journey in the czech language.

Jon came across a funny and ironic scripture today after her returned from an errand where he had one of the experiences I just mentioned. It is 1 Corinthians 14:10-11: “There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of languages in the world, and no kind is without meaning. If then, I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be to the one who speaks a barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a barbarian to me.”

We really must learn the language of these people!

Emily

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