As you ride the metro, you watch all the people all around you- just watch and think and imagine. And as all the people rise from their seats as they hear the train approaching, they move like a wave. Their one commonality being simply waiting for a train- never knowing any of the thousand of similarities between them. It's like a choreographed dance: each person rising up one after another, completely synchronized, one-by-one. I find it fun to watch with every stop of the train.
Speaking another language really makes one realize how simple phrases and words can be- nouns and verbs alone can get you far- even when they aren't conjugated. We have a lot of unnecessary words. But that's what being human is all about- the ability to communicate. We can speak to the same people every single day and still always have something to share. My biggest language barrier is the lack of any real socialization. Sure, I "communicate" with Parisians, but I don't truly socialize with them, unfortunately. I was so excited to meet people and get to know them but without being fluent, there's only so much to say. It's near impossible to really talk. It is big disappointment but I guess I should have expected it.