Question about Daily Life Overseas for missionaries:
"What is it like to learn another language?"
1. What is it like to learn another language?
2. What is culture shock?
3. What is a wartime lifestyle and how much should missionaries own?
4. Should singles go the mission field without being married?
5. What is like having a family on the field?
6. What do you do about team conflict?
7. What was your most surprising struggle on the field?
8. What was the most difficult thing about coming back to the U.S.?
9. What was the best part of your time overseas?
Here's a quote from a former language school student: "Most adults do not know how to handle the humiliation of learning a new language, of having people give them confused stares, just outright laughing at them, or becoming angry because you're in their country and can't speak the language. Many people in my language school suffered from loss of identity and inferiority. These were well educated people who had been successful in their occupations back home. Now they were learning language full-time and couldn't understand why they were having such a hard time. Being smart does not guarantee that you will find learning language easy."
People who are willing to risk making mistakes tend to do better than those who are fearful of saying something wrong. Those that tend to have a more relational-type personality do better than those who are more introverted.
Learning another language takes time, much dedication, and the desire to communicate at a heart level with others. It is not simply an academic course you take. Even after gaining a high level of fluency, it is a lifelong process of learning and growing.
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