I would like to prefer an American roommate than my own country’s roommate. According to me, I can easily mingle with the people; so if I have an American roommate I have a chance to increasing my communication skill, learning their culture and I can have an opportunity to visit an American’s families. These are the advantages having an American roommate rather having own country’s roommate.
Nowadays communication skill is very important. For instance I am an international student, English is my secondary language. I did not have much command on English.
So I think, if I have an American roommate I have to speak in English because I do not have another option to speak them. In that way I can increase my communication skill and I have a chance to improve my vocabulary and slang too. If I have my own country’s roommate, I can usually speak in my mother tongue. This is one main disadvantage having own country’s roommate.
Another advantage is learning their culture. I have an opportunity to learn their eating habits and dressing style. I will get more information regarding their country. And I will get some guidance and suggestion about tourist places. I think this is great help because we are new to their country.
Finally if my roommate is an American means I will have a chance to visit their families during the holidays. In that way I can increase my friends circle. So from my point of view having an American roommate is more beneficial than having own country’s roommate.
TOEFL listening discussions: A conversation in a campus cafeteria