Tag Archives: language


Sorry, I Mean Thank You

If you’ve spent any amount of time with me in person, you’ve probably noticed I apologize a lot. I say, “Sorry?” to my students when they don’t speak up. I apologize for asking to leave early or overstaying my welcome, for arriving too early or too late, for showing up at all half the time. […]


You Cannot Forget to Live

“…I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should […]


Faith is the Semicolon of Life

I never really had grammar classes in elementary school. I learned parts of speech from playing Mad Libs and then later on from taking Spanish classes. I never had to diagram sentences and have no memory of learning about where the comma goes when you’re using quotation marks before high school. I read a lot […]

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Me too.

“Miss H. I need a pink crayon.” “Me too!” “Here you go sweetie. What’s your name again?” “Joshua.” “Me too!” “Miss H., it is very mucho hot outside.” “Me too!”   Guys. Kindergarten ESL actually sounds like this. This is my real life job and I could not love it more. The little one who […]


Prayers to a Foreign God

It’s no secret that the last few weeks have been busy. Between moving and traveling and packing and goodbyes and hellos, there hasn’t been much time in the margins. When life gets busy, I tend to put God on the back burner (and I don’t think I’m alone in this). I’ve spent less and less […]

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Why Don’t They Just Learn English?

When I first started my job as an ESL teacher in the States, I was telling an acquaintance about the ethnic and racial breakdown of my students, most of whom were Hispanic, some of whom were Karen, and a handful of whom were Kurdish. His response upon hearing about my sweet elementary students was, “Why […]

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Travelin’ Tuesdays: Filled with the Holy Spirit

Photo by Waiting for the Word via Flickr We’re back with more Travelin’ Tuesdays! At least, for the rest of June. All bets are off for July, when I’ll be spending time in at least 4 different states, 2 different countries, moving, and preparing to start a new job. But when Pentecost came around this […]

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The Intoxication Miscommunication [Or: A Theology of False Cognates]

“MISS I’M INTOXICATED!!!” We had just come in from recess and he was the last one through the door, except one child had stopped in the doorway and started yelling. “Hon, no you’re not… Please don’t come into my class yelling.” “Yes, Miss, yes, I am intoxicated miss I AM INTOXICATED!” I was beginning to […]


How languages are learned (and forgotten)

When a child is learning a new language and totally immersed in it, there are two things that can happen. They can embrace the new language so fully that they actually begin to forget their old language, called first language attrition, or they can continue to view their old language as useful and beautiful and […]

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Travelin’ Tuesdays: What does this mean?

Can you believe it’s Tuesday again already? We’re back with another Travelin’ Tuesdays post (be sure to check out the rest of them while you’re here!) and an announcement. I know this will be tragic news to some of you, but we’re going to take a brief hiatus from the Tuesdays that Travel during Lent. […]