The fifth week anti-smoking competition was to write an essay answering the question, “How would life be without cigarettes?”. The Romanian teachers judged the entries after school and awarded the winners their tickets the following week. We received slightly over 50 entries.

I must say, after reading some of the entries I do not feel so badly for making grammatical errors while speaking Romanian. The Romanian language has A LOT of grammar rules, and often native speakers don’t even follow these rules. Reading the entries reminded me of how poorly I sometimes speak in English.