By: Alexis McGuinness
Sri Lanka. Thailand. Brazil. France. Spain. Portugal. South Africa.
USA heard her classmates haltingly introduce their countries of origin with erroneous emphases and odd lilts. Spain th-ed in places a th never belonged. Sri Lanka mixed up the ä’s and a’s. Smiling inwardly, USA knew how to hit her consonants.
But on Day 2 USA saw Thailand chatting fluidly with the teacher. USA skulked out of the class to avoid the small talk of her classmates. As she descended the stairs, she heard Sri Lanka laugh at a joke she would never get in any language.