Hello kind native speaker of English!
I'd like to use this text in one of my English classes and would be grateful if you could lend me your voice to make it more interesting.
Please read with natural speed and make short pauses between paragraphs.
Home and abroad
After a short time living in a foreign country, I noticed conversations with locals assumed a predictable pattern. There were standard answers to the usual questions. Most questions caused little trouble - it was rather like dancing, where both partners know how to avoid stepping on each other's toes.
But, 'When are you going home?' was a question I struggled to answer, whenever I considered my life and the direction it seemed to be taking. In the last ten years, I had lived in a dozen countries. And I had travelled through dozens more; usually in search of a purpose or a person; occasionally to see the attractions.
This kind of travel is not aimless wandering, but is the extensive exploration of a wide variety of cultures. However, it doesn't allow you to put down roots. At the back of your mind, though, is the idea of home, the place you came from.
Thank you clamdisco! You did an excellent job!
This will help my students a lot :)