|Edirne's exchange students|
David is a pretty chill dude, but he is also one of the best Turkish speakers in the program. As one boy at my school described it today "He's like a machine gun bam bam bam bam bam." Let's just say I didn't need the comparison.
I dreaded my classmates discovering it really is possible to speak Turkish in five months. I dreaded constantly being compared to David. And both of those things happened. But it really wasn't bad at all.
In fact, I would credit David with my "click" moment. That fabled day spoken in whispers among exchange students. That hour when you decide to open your mouth and talk, and all of a sudden all of that time spent silently studying seems worthwhile. All of the sudden, I was making sentences! Having conversations! I am well aware I sounded like a four year old, but as one boy put it "I like your pronunciation, it isn't right, but I like it."
I was still no where near David's level, and yes, I was constantly reminded how amazing David's Turkish is. I won't say I never got a little bit annoyed with that, but my school life got a lot better. Not only was communication better, I now had something to talk about with all of my female classmates. "No, I'm not dating David. No, I'm not interested. Yes, I will tell him hello from you next time I see him."
Another thing I got from David: his flashcards. I'm pretty sure I was supposed to get them back, but David's back in Istanbul now, and I need them more than he does.