Hina used to be shy with people who don’t speak English. However, she is getting rid of the fear day by day.
While traveling in different places, she always meet new people. She takes it as meeting “new friends.”
Once she realizes that they don’t speak English and they speak to her in their language, she feels a bit uncomfortable with it. But communication is not only about languages. I usually ask her to guess what they mean and to find other ways to communicate with them.
If she needs to talk to them, she checks how to say it in their language.
Even in the same language, we are not always successful in communication. If we only focus on the language, I think it’ll make it hard for us to understand each other. Language is just one of the tools to communicate.
By going through such experience, she feels fine with new people and new places. She can sleep everywhere we travel without too much stress.
She even slept on an ox cart.
Cambodian people are so friendly and children are so curious about what Hina does although they don’t speak English. When she was trying to find things from sand under the Mekong river, they joined and gave us what they found.
Thanks to their kindness, Hina is also kind to children. When she sees little children, she plays with them.