His first English textbook
- By Anna
We all know that Christmas time is exciting; not only because of the cheerful atmosphere, music and festive lights all over, but also because of the time you get to spend together with your family. For expats, this time of year could be especially challenging as most of them are away from their families who usually live overseas.
Nowadays, multicultural families are quite common, therefore the possibility that not everyone will speak the same language at the Christmas dinner is much higher. I mean, there is not that much you can express with hand signs (unless you know the sign language, which is another story).
This time of year is also when a lot of Christmas ads come on TV, as there is no doubt that the Christmas spirit drives the sales. There is this one particular Christmas ad which will make your hearts melt. It tells a beautiful story of an old, Polish man who gets his first English textbook in order to learn the language before Christmas. You can see him struggling, but also putting a lot of effort into it.
I believe it will be an amazing motivation for all of you who have relatives who do not speak the same language as you. Family is one of the most important values in our lives, so it is definitely worth the effort to actually sit down, get that language book and practice. Even though at first it seems like a lot of hassle and work; even though that sometimes it may drive you crazy when you cannot understand that one particular grammar rule; even though that you occasionally pronounce some words in a wrong way – it will all be worth it at the end, when you see the big smile on someone else’s face.
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