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As a girl, I couldnt ask for directions or read the note pinned to my shirt: My name is Meirav Devash. I dont speak English. If lost, return me to Mrs. Sesteros classroom.
Soon I was fluent. Not perfect. I enunciated like a newscaster. I became an editor, smugly correcting natives.
In Israel, 25 years later, I was lost again. But Carmit understood why I didn't ask directions: Youre too shy to speak Hebrew because youre perfect in English. You want to stay this wayperfect.
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