As a polyglot I love learning about other cultures and languages. Recently I had the honor to read and review Noa Nimrodi's book Birds Can Fly So Can I. After learning that the book was originally written in Hebrew I wanted to find out more about this intriguing author.
Please tell me about your childhood. Where did you grow up?
I am the first born in a family of four kids. When I was 4 to 6 years old I spent two years in Pasadena California with my parents and sister, during that time my brother and younger sister were born. A few years later we spent another two years in the States, this time in Charlottesville Virginia, where I attended fifth and sixth grades. Both these periods in America were due to my father’s academic studies (until this day he is a Professor at the Tel-Aviv University). Coming back from the US for the second time we returned to Tel-Aviv.
Can you explain what life was like living in Jerusalem?
I left Jerusalem when I was about 10 years old, but the memories I have from those days are all wonderful ones. We lived in a neighborhood consisting mostly of families of the staff from the Hebrew University, and I recall being outdoors a lot. All neighbors seemed to be one big happy family.
Did you experience any culture shock when you relocated to the United States?
Growing up back and forth between the States and Israel, the only recollection I have of something I can call culture-shock, was coming back to Israel in seventh grade. I felt so misplaced that the kids in school thought at first that I came from America and I did not speak Hebrew
How long did it take you to learn English? Do you still speak Hebrew?