Spanish Language (Photo from Flickr by Margaret Almon)

5 Spanish words I wish we had in English

Get a little teased if you mix Spanish and English into Spanglish, but expect eternal wrath if you bring vergüenza on your Mexican family!
Sep 21, 2016
Qahtan Al Nidaw, a 64-year-old refugee and former news cameraman from Iraq, learns how to type on a computer. While he's an experienced cameraman, he's unfamiliar with using a computer. (Photo by Jane Koh)

Refugees find connections in Highline College ESL class

Finding relief and shelter in the U.S. are only the first challenges for refugees. Many also must tackle the language barrier.
Jan 14, 2016
Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnail

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
taking kids abroad

Life after teaching abroad: a practical guide

Teaching abroad can be a great way to experience another country while getting paid, but the question becomes: what can you do next?
Aug 6, 2013
(Photo by  Renato Ganoza )

True tales of teaching abroad part two: When things go terribly wrong

Teaching English abroad can be a great experience. But take it from me, beware of placement agencies out to scam you.
May 8, 2013
The author's Japanese students. (Photo by Reagan Jackson)

True tales of teaching English abroad part one: Why it’s worth it

Some people think of teaching English abroad as some kind of paid vacation, or sight-seeing with a paycheck. It’s definitely not that easy. But in the end, it’s worth the challenge.
Apr 29, 2013
President Obama shares shooting techniques with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan in the Oval Office in 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)

Basketball Diplomacy: Love for the Sonics lives on in China

Once people discover that I speak some basic Chinese, the typical conversation I have here in Juijiang goes something like this: A few standard queries regarding my nationality, occupation, marital status, salary, and maybe my opinions on Chinese food. And then it happens. “Which city are you from?” “I am from Seattle.” I say, bracing […]
Jan 16, 2013
picture in class-BigClean

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