I know this isn't the homework section, but the homework section only allows science-related questions for homework. This is as well out of the "science realm," but it doesn't seem like "General Discussion" to ask about Paraphrasing. Well, my question is how to paraphrase a piece of writing that is in the first person. I checked out http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/619/01/" [Broken], but I don't think they gave a first person document as an example. Would "I had trouble asking for directions in Mexico because of my lack of knowledge in Spanish," be paraphrased something like "Without necessary language skills in Spanish, the traveler was not able to ask for directions in Mexico," or "Since I did not know any Spanish, I found myself troubled while asking for directions in Mexico?"