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This week was a lot of fun. We had a meeting at our organization at UCLA. I had invited a few of my good friends who have been coming to our meetings for coffee, and they ended up inviting more friends! During our meetings we get together in groups and have basic conversation with each other just like you would have with your normal group of friends. It is nothing complicated. We just want to make friends, learn about different cultures, practice English, and of course, have fun doing it!
This week I met a few friends as well. I normally walk around the room and talk to whomever I can, but this time I had a conversation with my friend Victor and his friend Shenshen, who are both from China. They are both studying to be Engineers of some kind, and it is very interesting to me…especially since I prefer to stay away from math… I’ll pass…. Also, I spoke with my good friend Carlos who has helped me run the UCLA organization. We were talking about what we would do for our next event and decided that we would explain some “slang” words that our friends are not familiar with, but that we use on a daily basis.
The rest of the meeting went well, and then we had a large group of new friends come in from Brazil, Tunasia, and Japan. I am American, but my heritage is part Japanese, so I immediately went to say “Konichiwa”, or hello in English, to our new friends. I spoke with everyone in the group for a while and welcomed them into our community. They are a lively, and fun group to be around. One of them in specific was Brahim. This man was full of energy, and so enthusiastic to be a part of WSEP, which makes me really happy. I loved it! We continued with the meetings, and eventually had to leave so we could study for exams. What a week!
Ended up: In the end, or eventually.
Basic Conversation: To talk to someone as friends.
Complicated: Difficult, or confusing.
“I’ll pass” : I would rather not do that, or have that.
[Used as a polite phrase to refuse something that is offered to you. It is also used as a light phrase for joking about not wanting something if you do not say it seriously. When I say: “I’ll pass” in the blog, it basically means “I would rather not do math, because it is too difficult for me…]
Slang: words that are not used professionally, only with friends or in an informal environment.
Immediately: Right now.