Thursday, September 22, 2022

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Another example of the importance of punctuation.

 Thanks to "Simplistically Living" on Facebook for the following:


 I have an actual, paid ESL job! It's very part-time but promises to be quite satisfying.

This semester I am teaching ESL to adults on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30PM to 8:00PM at Eaglecrest High School.  I won't be working directly for the Cherry Creek school district but am employed by (TLS), a non-profit that provides adult ESL classes to various districts in Colorado.

At present I have seven students: three who speak Spanish and four who speak Russian.

It will be fun having them all in the classroom. However I do hope to get them set up to go on Zoom, on their phones if nothing else, in case of snow days.

Of course if I do get everything prepared, satisfactorily, for snow days, that means we probably won't have any.  It's like carrying an umbrella.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

I lost all my browser bookmarks this morning...

 ...and then, after spending the rest of the day trying to get them restored, I ran into the cartoon, below.  It seemed apt, somehow.

We forget how much of our current capabilities depends on maintaining very, sophisticated systems and networks.  Thanks to ReignOfReads on Facebook for the reminder.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Are the letters "ueue" really silent?

Thanks to Good Book Fairy on Facebook for the following observations.

And now the question of the day.  If "queue" is a BLUE MOON word, are "ueue" really silent letters or are they technically the "oooo" sound?


Wednesday, August 10, 2022

What the Speaker Means vs What the Listener Hears!

Thanks to Andrew Owen at ESL English Teachers (Off2Class Official) group on Facebook.

I have one more of my own:

What the Japanese delegate says: "That would be very difficult." 

What the Japanese delegate means: "No!" 

What the American delegate hears: "Make some practical suggestions to help us work this out!"