Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Gene Robinson puts Rick Warren to Shame!!

If you click on the the title you'll be able to view Gene Robinson's prayer at the inauguration-week events. If you heard Rick Warren, you'll realize again that Obama should never have invited Warren to give the invocation. Not only is Rick Warren WRONG, he gave a lousy invocation.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Is "makeconnection" ESL-speak for online dating?

I have a friend from Cambodia who is in my graduate course in teaching ESL. She's really smart and speaks English very well. I was surprised one night when I couldn't understand what she was saying. I was driving her home and she was talking about her uncle. I said, "What does he do for work?" Her answer, I thought, was "makeconnection." She also said it had something to do with airplanes. So, we continued for about ten minutes trying to understand each other. At one point, I got laughing so hard that I had to pull over to the side of the road. I was about the makeconnection with another vehicle!!

The next week, we continued our communication debacle. I kept hearing her say, "Not makeconnection...makeconnection!" I really thought maybe he was a matchmaker or something. Finally, something clicked. She thought she had to put a "tian," or "cian," ending on the occupation...electrician, pediatrician, mathematician. So, the mechanic became mechaniccian...or makeconnection.

I know, too, that we native English speakers can cause lots of confusion. More about that, later.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Inauguration

I've been busy with a new graduate course in teaching ESL. I did have to make at least one comment on the inauguration of President Barack Obama. I heard a judge from South Africa on the radio in the early morning hours after the inauguration. He had been very active in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. In describing the inauguration of Obama he said, "It's a marvelous pinch-me kind of day." And, indeed, it was.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Stop the Genocide in Darfur

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