Talk to new foreign exchange student? He does speak english.
Question Posted Friday February 27 2009, 7:42 pm
There's this new foreign-exchange student in my Spanish class. He's from Argentina (haha ironic, I know) and is living here with his cousin for three months. When he first came, all the girls flipped out because he's really cute, and the guys talked to him, too. However, now that everyone's used to him, not many kids talk to him. My teacher asked me to strike up some conversations with him because she know I'd be friendly. I also want to be friends with him. I've talked to him almost everyday that he's been here, but it's hard to do. I want to speak to him in Spanish so I can get better, but I don't know what to say! When I talk to him in English though, I feel bad because it's so much harder for him to talk to me in English, and he doesn't know some of the slang. What questions can I ask him without having him feel like I'm prying into his life?
20brasil08 answered Saturday February 28 2009, 11:12 pm: I think I am the perfect person to anwser, as for I am on an exchange right now.
We love people talking to us, asking whatever questions they want, we are used to it. I can not believe some of the questions some people have asked me. I like it when people come and talk to me in english, because its my language. But I like it even more when they speak to me in Portuguese because its the language of the country I am in, and I should speak that language. As for what to talk about, teach him the slang, we long knowing the slang of the other countries. Ask him what he does back in Argentina, what he would like to do in your state, what his hobbies are, what he things of your country and school. Talk to him like a human being and not some strange foreigner. Just because he doesn't speak the same language doesn't mean he if different, they like the same things.
Hope I helped. [ 20brasil08's advice column | Ask 20brasil08 A Question ]
just_ask_me answered Friday February 27 2009, 9:09 pm: I would definitely seem interested in his spanish heritage. Ask him about Argentina and if it was nice there and he liked it better than here. Tell him you've always wanted to go there (even if you haven't lol). Ask him to help you wish spanish! Ask him to translate some words from english to spanish. Just try not to use slang around him, and be sweet. You don't have to force a friendship or feel like you're being forced to talk to him. I think he would feel more comfortable if you seemed interested in where he came from and his language. [ just_ask_me's advice column | Ask just_ask_me A Question ]
Andreaaaa answered Friday February 27 2009, 9:07 pm: Well, he came to this country to learn and make some friends. Be a true friend to him. Not a "I'm trying to talk to you to be nice, but the whole your from another country thing is still in the back of my mind!"
So, try to be a friend...talk to him like you would any other person. Do this:
Be like, hey, I'll make a bet with you! I'll help teach you American slang, if you help me with my Spanish! And you can make it like...an inside game you two have with each other. Trade it off...1 day you both just speak Spanish with each other and he can help you with words you don't know. The next, just English. [ Andreaaaa's advice column | Ask Andreaaaa A Question ]
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