I am anti-social. I don't do small talk. So you'll understand why 2 hours of chit chat in Nepali was excruciating.
In the Indian grocery store:
Instructor: Heatherji, look at all the different kinds of food. This store is very different from Giant, isn't it?
Me: Oh yes, what a large variety of food. It is very different from Giant.
Instructor: Look at these vegetables? Do you like green onions?
Me: Of course I like green onions.
At the Indian book store:
Instructor: Look, Heatherji, there are many books about the Hindu religion.
Me: I found a few books about Buddha.
Instructor: Look, here is a Nepali-English dictionary.
Me: How nice. But it is very expensive.
You get the idea. Meaningless small talk in English is annoying. Meaningless small talk in another language is brutal. The best part was trying some Samosa Chaat in a small Indian cafe. Yum!