You Might Be A “TCK” If…

- “Where are you from?” has more than one reasonable answer.
– You’ve said that you’re from foreign country X, and (if you live in America) your audience has asked you which US state X is in.
– You flew before you could walk.
– You speak two languages, but can’t spell in either.
– You feel odd being in the ethnic majority.
– You have three passports.
– You have a passport but no driver’s license.
– You go into culture shock upon returning to your “home” country.
– Your life story uses the phrase “Then we moved to…” three (or four, or five…) times.
– You wince when people mispronounce foreign words.
– You don’t know whether to write the date as day/month/year, month/day/year, or some variation thereof.
– The best word for something is the word you learned first, regardless of the language.
– You get confused because US money isn’t colour-coded.
– You think VISA is a document that’s stamped in your passport, not a plastic card you carry in your wallet.
– You own personal appliances with 3 types of plugs, know the difference between 110 and 220 volts, 50 and 60 cycle current, and realize that a trasnsformer isn’t always enough to make your appliances work.
– You fried a number of appliances during the learning process.
– You think the Pledge of Allegiance might possibly begin with “Four-score and seven years ago….”
– Half of your phone calls are unintelligible to those around you.
– You believe vehemently that football is played with a round, spotted ball.
– You consider a city 500 miles away “very close.”
– You get homesick reading National Geographic.
– You cruise the Internet looking for fonts that can support foreign alphabets.
– You think in the metric system and Celsius.
– You may have learned to think in feet and miles as well, after a few years of living (and driving) in the US. (But not Fahrenheit. You will *never* learn to think in Fahrenheit).
– You haggle with the checkout clerk for a lower price.
– Your minor is a foreign language you already speak.
– When asked a question in a certain language, you’ve absentmindedly respond in a different one.
– You miss the subtitles when you see the latest movie.
– You’ve gotten out of school because of monsoons, bomb threats, and/or popular demonstrations.
– You speak with authority on the subject of airline travel.
– You have frequent flyer accounts on multiple airlines.
– You constantly want to use said frequent flyer accounts to travel to new places.
– You know how to pack.
– You have the urge to move to a new country every couple of years.
– The thought of sending your (hypothetical) kids to public school scares you, while the thought of letting them fly alone doesn’t at all.
– You think that high school reunions are all but impossible.
– You have friends from 29 different countries.
– You sort your friends by continent.
– You have a time zone map next to your telephone.
– You realize what a small world it is, after all.