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This paper examines my experience during my two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal (2001-2003) learning the Nepali language. I reflect on my process of learning Nepali, which involved drawing on connections between this language and the two other languages I speak – Spanish and English. I also examine the social aspects of my learning this language while living and working as an ESL teacher in a small rural mountain village in Eastern Nepal. This self-reflection on my language learning experience has informed my understanding of how the language learning process is inextricably connected to one’s primary language as well as one’s social surroundings. At the conclusion of this paper I seek to incorporate this understanding into my evolving approach to teaching ESL.


First and Second Language Acquisition