I have had many students ask me the same question over the years: “Why do we have to take a foreign language?” Said a different way, they ask, “Why doesn’t everyone just learn English?” My answer is always the same: “Je ne comprends pas,” or, “no comprendo,” or “Ich verstehe nicht.”
Welcome back from the Thanksgiving Holiday. I hope you ate too much, slept too long and did less work than you planned. If you did, you had a successful break in my book. For me, Thanksgiving always brings back memories of family.
As we turn the corner towards winter, only a week away, it’s a good time to look at what we’re doing here. Sometimes we feel like we’re putting in time until the next vacation, just two weeks away. Other times we are highly motivated either by an exciting project or the prospect of an upcoming exam.
I like birthdays. In a world where people want to point out what separates us, it’s nice to remember the thing we all have in common—we were all born. When I began teaching, I made it a habit of telling my students about the birth stories of my children.
Last Friday I talked about the historic scene that took place in Grant Park, Chicago the previous Tuesday night. If you had been alive, and in attendance at the Palace of Versailles on November 11th, 1918, you would have been a part of another historic moment.
How many times a week do you enter a room where there are already people talking? A lot I bet. Here are three possible scenarios for your entrance. First, everyone drops what they are doing, jumps up, hugs you and tells you how glad they are to see you, That’s a keeper---rare, but a keeper.
Yesterday was Memorial Day in the United States. It’s the day when we remember, honor and thank the service men and women who have given their lives to preserve our way of life.