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Seven more tips to speak English like an American

A quick guide for immigrants in the U.S. working to perfect their American English.
Oct 2, 2013
Public transportation in South Waziristan, in the lawless Tribal Areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan. (Photo by Gohar Masud)

A long commute through Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

My friend and I squeeze in the front seat of the pickup. We’re lucky–others are stuck in the back without seats in the freezing winter, getting tossed in the air when the driver crests the hills. It was another one of those days when I would travel between my home in Dera Ismail Khan and […]
Jan 17, 2013
William S. Street, former president of Fredrick & Nelson department store and promoter of the Seattle World's Fair, at a restaurant in Afghanistan during a 1966 expedition to collect mammalian specimens for the Chicago Field Museum. (Photo courtesy Kergan Street)

Pakistani immigrant finds a taste of home at ‘Afghan Cuisine’ in Federal Way

When my friend Kathleen invited me to a Afghan Cuisine and Banquet Hall in Federal Way, the first image that popped into my head was of the ubiquitous Afghan restaurants in Peshawar, Pakistan, where I lived before I came to Seattle. Millions of Afghan refugees fled to Northwest Pakistan after the Soviet War in the […]
Jun 13, 2012
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Five tips for learning to speak English like an American

When I moved to Seattle from the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan to study journalism through the State Department’s Northwest Community College Initiative, the biggest surprise was the language barrier. I had studied English for fifteen years, but suddenly I knew I was in trouble. The slangs just were flying over my head and everybody […]
Feb 14, 2012