I have finally just taught my first class back in Australia! It was so totally amazing to be on stage again and it was even better being able to be open and just freely be me. Where I felt I was a little shy in the Netherlands, I witnessed some of the crazy funness returning….and it felt good.
I started off with introducing myself to the peeps, said I’ve just returned from overseas. The class I was filling in was a chi-ball class, but chi-ball is difficult to find instructors. So all going well this would be replaced with balance.
One thing I totally did NOT expect, was to have any troubles reverting to teaching in English. I thought it would be natural, but low and behold, I found myself tongue tied and having to resist the urges to say things in Dutch! What the …? How can that be possible? Shortly into the intro I accidently said something in Dutch and quickly explained that I’ve been teaching in Dutch for the last 12 months. What was even more amusing was there was a Dutch lady in the class who was still 100% fluent in the language. So she was certainly amused at my little slips into Dutch, haha.
I found it weird too cuz I found myself translating Dutch phrases into English and they sound really plain and bland. I was trying to think “what did I used to say here?” ugh. I’m sure in a few classes those urges to say Dutch things will totally disappear. I know it took a good few weeks to get rid of doing U-turns the wrong way round while driving, haha 🙂