I've been working on school assignments lately, so not much language study. Two more weeks until break.
At church today we had a celebration of different cultures, and the Hispanic congregation joined ours, and we had worship songs in Spanish and Mandarin. I also found a lady that had moved from France when she was young, and I introduced myself to her in French. She was pleased that someone in church was learning the language. Hopefully this will continue. I am still meeting the girl that took French in high school a couple times of month.
I've started putting vocabulary from Assimil into Anki; I'm still in the passive phase, but I feel like I'm not doing anything
. This will allow me to isolate words.
I don't know if it would be against forum policy to put on my log why I am interested in moving to a different country: one of the main reasons is that the FDA (our food regulation department) doesn't really regulate what's in our food. It's allowed for food companies to not
put the actual ingredients on the list on the package. They use words like "natural flavors" (whatever that means). I remember a girl that couldn't eat most processed or canned food in the U.S., because she would get sick. Now she went on a mission's trip to Poland, and she could eatanything
. It makes me wonder: what poisons are in our food? The GMO labeling is another grey area.
Another concern is the medical system: it's not sustainable, and I feel that the pharmaceutical companies just want to keep us sick.
So I confess that I'm "running away", rather than moving to a country that I love; but I'm researching other countries, and I hope that I can move from the escapist mentality to "I love this place, I want to live here". My current research is leading me to Belgium, and I'm wondering if knowing Dutch would be an asset.