I have been living in Serbia for 10 months and 10 days. Every time I speak to a friend back home or overseas they ask me the same question. “DO YOU SPEAK SERBIAN YET?” My answer is always the same!!!! “HELL NO! It’s considered one of the 5th hardest languages in the world!!!” That excuse has finally worn out!!!! hahahahaha
I am a little odd. Traveling to a country where I understand NOTHING is a HUGE rush for me! Most people in their right mind would never do it alone. I have never claimed to be smart or even slightly intelligent. I just like to live a fun and entertaining life until my liver, kidneys or heart gives out! 🙂
I remember when I told my mom and dad that I was going to move to Serbia. My father told me that if it wasn’t for mom keeping him in Central Illinois he would have moved to Brazil back in the early 80’s. My father is a farmer in Central Illinois. He also has a construction company and builds residential homes. He had thought about and was very close to purchasing some farm ground down in Brazil. The farm ground was very cheap back in the 80’s and in that climate you can harvest two crops of soybeans and corn as opposed to one in Illinois. Mom is the opposite. She has more “roots” to the small Cumberland county community. She couldn’t imagine someone wanting to travel to a land where they don’t speak our language and you don’t know anyone. I remember them and others asking me ..“Why would you even think about moving to a country where they don’t speak English and you don’t speak their language!” I always answer “Most Serbians under 30 speak or understand English.” People are amazed at that. I will never say anything negative about Mexico because living there for 10 months was one of the greatest experiences of my life but English is not as common there as it is in Serbia! Serbia is currently requiring English in primary school! The level of English knowledge from the younger generation is AMAZING! The kids all tell me that they learned most of their English from watching American cartoons! 🙂 The USA is a very diverse nation and needs to get on board with other countries and require Spanish or another foreign language in primary and secondary school! I just visited the gymnasium school in Nis. The kids are amazing. A few of them told me that they are studying English, Latin, French and German!!!!!!!!! OMG!!! That blows me away! The first chance we had to take a foreign language was in high school! The younger you learn a language the easier it is to pick up others! My friend from New Zealand pointed out this problem in his country too.
To sum it up….. I do enjoy traveling to a foreign country and not understanding anything but after 10 months…. IT GETS OLD!!! I really need to get my ass in gear and learn more Serbian. My friends all speak English perfectly… so I don’t get too many opportunities to speak Serbian! I live in an apartment behind my buddies grandpa’s house. The family here is so kind but they speak ZERO English. The grandmother, grandfather, aunt and mother live here and are so helpful to me! They bring me food, blankets and i think the grandmother offered to do my laundry but wasn’t sure. I really wish I could communicate with them. Nothing is worse than saying “NE RAZUMEM NISTA!” ahahhahaha… ITS TIME TO GET SERIOUS WITH MY SERBIAN!!