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Missing My Mother Tongue

When I lived in China, it was so rare to hear English in public, that my ears would always perk up when I heard English. I would let my ears soak in the sounds, the syllables, and the rhythm of my mother tongue.

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It’s worth it.

I’m sitting here in the dimly lit hospital waiting room surrounded by 3 dozen Chinese people all bundled in their poofy winter coats. No one is smiling, but there is plenty of yelling. As Mandarin bounces across the room, I shiver and inch closer to my Swedish friend for a little more warmth. It’s 30 degrees inside the room because …

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