- Initiating conversations comfortably
I wish I could initiate conversations in any situation with any person without having to rehearse my first sentence over and over again.
- Finishing my own sentences.
Moroccans are super friendly and are so helpful when I'm struggling to communicate. However, once they catch the gist of what I'm trying to say, they finish my sentences for me. I'm excited to be able to finish my own sentences, sometimes.
- Asking meaningful follow-up questions.
Sometimes, my host family explains something to me and I can understand the big picture. But I struggle immensely to ask meaningful followup questions in order to understand better or have them expand on certain topics.
- Asking meaningful questions. Period.
I miss being able to ask people questions that don't start with "Who," "How," "What," and "Where." I want to be able to get to know people's and their hearts not just all the "whats."
- Feeling more adventurous in wandering around the city.
I'd be much more willing to hop on a bus and figure out the public transportation if I was certain I knew how to ask for directions to where I wanted to be and I was confident I could understand their response.
- Explaining games to children.
I just want to play games with so many kids, but I can't think of enough games that I know can explain well.
- Teasing people.
There have been so many times I could tease my family, but I know that I don't have the necessary vocabulary to do so. So I end up laughing and trying to gesture out some sort of tease, but it never has the same effect. Never.
While this list is in no way exhaustive, these are just a couple of things I miss about being able to proficiently communicate in the same language.