Enjoying School in the U.S.A.

By Kelsey Kirkendall

Originally Published: January 16, 2013

Anjathron (James) Ngamvong came from Bangkok, Thailand, to Temple Christian School this year with Education First, a foreign exchange program that Temple participated in for the first time this year.

According to James, the hardest thing about his transition was adjusting to English. Even though he has been studying it for nine years, it is still very different to be speaking it on a regular basis. The Thai language has forty-four consonants, and it is more of a phonetic language than English, making English a different concept altogether.

Although a major adjustment between Bangkok and Lima is the lack of sidewalks, one thing that James has enjoyed adjusting to is American cuisine. He likes all kinds of hamburgers, but his favorite American food is a roast beef sandwich from Arby’s. However, his favorite Thai food is still tom yum, a clear sweet and spicy soup served in many Asian countries.  He has also enjoyed the snow this winter because he doesn’t see much snow at home in Bangkok.

“My friends have been nice,” James said during an interview.

He also said that his host family has been very welcoming, although he still misses his family back in Thailand. James hopes to spend next year at Temple and to attend college in the United States.  Hopefully, he will make many great memories as he continues learning and living in American culture!