Over the weekend I found myself in a very typical situation, being the only non-Icelandic person in a room full of Icelanders. This is basically a daily occurrence in my life now and I am finally starting to get a bit used to it.
Not knowing what everyone is talking about though can be quite uncomfortable so for today’s confession post I am giving you an insight into my mind during these situations.
Okay, I am going to listen and follow this conversation. Bring on the Icelandic.
Two minutes in, at least have an idea of what is being talked about. #winning
Wow, who invited this girl into the conversation. She talks so fast, is she pausing to breath? I hope she slows down or leaves, I have no idea what is going on right now.
There is no way they are speaking Icelandic, these are not real words!
And I am lost, trying to follow a conversation in a foreign language is difficult and exhausting.
I wonder when someone will switch to English, I better still act interested.
What, did I just zone out? Did someone say my name? Okay I am paying attention, Icelandic lets go.
Ohhh I know that word! I can totally do this! Okay, everyone slow down so I can understand! Yes, another word I know, I am killin it at this Icelandic thing.
Umm are they talking to me? I thought I knew what was going on but I am quickly realizing that I have no idea anything they just said. Someone translate the question for me!
What, was that English I just heard! Someone must have noticed that I had no idea what was going on. Excited and interested face back on.
Question of the Day?
Have you ever tried to follow along a conversation in a different language?