One parent of the happy couple said, “I don’t know how to be a mother in law!” 2 tips toward happily married children: From my own mom: The home the children grew up in is their own home. They are welcome to drop in whenever they want. The children’s home is their own, and their… Read More What a Wedding
… Because There Can be Only One, right? There can only ever be ONE RIGHT ANSWER. Argh. Variations on There Can be Only One I tried hard to be able to come to New York. Immigrating was not easy. I had to work hard to immigrate. It took a lot of effort to immigrate. Only… Read More The One True Way of Rephrasing
Working with a Student contrasting lucky and unlucky people… It seems that many cultures have variations on Tolstoy’s old phrase about happy families.
Tutors anticipate and dread the first day of school almost as much as students… Here, have some Harry Potter. Don’t sneer! It’s historical! We know that Dumbledore was a World War II hero, right? So Hogwarts was already old by then. So Hogwarts had a lot of well-established traditions. Some school traditions are great.… Read More Welcome Back to School…
I’ve created a new page to keep track of my international students. Sure, most of my students are local – but a whole lot come from overseas. And “overseas” is a big, big place. Student map: half updated. USA seems seriously under-represented…. because most of my US-born students are from my home state.
One of my long term tutoring students has now changed from Full Time College Student to Part Time student. Why? She is now a First Grade Teacher in a bilingual school. As I walked past her in the student cafeteria, she had a book with English phrases down one side of the page and translated… Read More Student Makes Good
My student is studying audiology, and had to do a paper on one of my favorite subjects – bilingual children learning to read,and what happens in people’s brains when they read a word while having access to two languages. ETA: Student contacted me to say the paper got an A! I’m so proud. What does… Read More Tutor and the Bilingual Student
Jewish New Year: 1st day of Tishrei, between mid-September and early October. Chinese New Year: Spring Festival, between 21 January and 20 February Muslim New Year: goes by the lunar calendar, 11 days shorter than solar calendar, and so slips back 11 days every year. Tamil New Year: April 1st. Roman New Year: April 1st.… Read More HAPPY NEW YEAR x7!
I work as a tutor in a college with a widely diverse population. There are immigrants from all over the world – Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and more. Come All Ye Faithful We have students who are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, atheist, and many who didn’t mention it –… Read More Tutor and the “War on Christmas”
Learn a Second Language in High School Today there are people who complain that children in high school have to learn a second language. And college students sometimes don’t speak good English. College Students who Don’t Speak Good English My grandparents spoke at least three languages each. One for home, one at the marketplace, one… Read More Tutor on Second Languages