This quarter, Peace Corps Thailand Magazine // Sticky Rice writers are sharing thoughts and feelings about what “home is” to each of us.
Follow the link below to read my latest feature about what my “home is” like in Thailand. And maybe listen to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros while you read!
“Home is Whenever I’m With You” – https://pctmagazine.org/2018/06/13/home-is-whenever-im-with-you/
Carly Allard, 129 YinD
Not long ago, one of my students asked me about the difference between “house” and “home”. I realized it was a completely valid question and an obvious source of confusion for an English language learner. As I struggled to explain that both words sometimes mean the same thing but can’t necessarily be used interchangeably, a look of sheer puzzlement crossed the student’s face.
I myself was a little confused after trying to explain the scenario, first in simple English and then in broken Thai. That didn’t help. Eventually, I settled on a definition of home being a feeling of comfort, safety, and love with the people you share a house with, whereas a house is simply a building you live in. Just as I was finishing the confusing-for-everyone-involved explanation, something seemed to stand out: the people.
As I continued to think about my botched teaching moment…
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