Finding your way out of conversation difficulty in a second language
“Yes, you have…, ahhh, yes, you can, ahhh” and Roberto was done. He had run out of English.
At this point, Roberto had been studying English with me for just over 6 months.
In today’s class, we were simulating…
“Coach, I don’t think I can run today.”
I took a deep breath, and mustered up all the courage a 19 year old female athlete can, “I don’t feel good, I’m really tired. I can’t run today.”
“Are you injured?”
Coach looked me in the eyes…
Finding Solutions in Second-Language Communication
“Alicia, I stood there and asked for the medication. In clear English. But she still looked at me as if I was speaking an alien language.”
“What exactly did you ask for, Alyona?”
“I said ‘Hello, I need loratadine.’ And I know it’s the right…
300 meters had never felt so far away.
Looking up, I could see the triangular peak that announced how close we were to the top. The blue sky around the summit seemed to whisper “just a little bit further” but it was already 1:30pm. …
How adults can increase working knowledge in any language
“So I’ve been making flashcards to study new vocabulary words,” Victoria begins, “but I don’t know how to really learn them. Do you have any tips? How do I learn more words in English?”
Her question is common, and one every…
“Love is action not just words,” is a common phrase I remember hearing growing up. And while there’s truth in that statement, just being nice to others is not all love can fully be.
Just take the Hallmark industry, for example. During the “love holiday” of Valentine’s, they sell over…