May 2024


Learning English: I’m OK in OK

A couple of months ago, one of my colleagues told me about a book that he’d read in grade 8 English: I’m OK in OK: The Diary of My Year in Oklahoma.

I decided to read the book.

For those of you familiar with the EU ranking of language skills, the book is rated A2 […]

Vignettes from Childhood: 5

I don’t actually remember much about kindergarten, other than the fact that my teacher was Ms. Stein (probably Mrs. Or Miss, but I don’t recall – as I look back, she was of a generation that preceded the Ms. prefix). The main reason I remember her name is that she also taught my brother and […]

All about the little differences*

I knew long in advance that the first quarter of 2011 was going to be a busy one for me – and it was. I started to surface at the end of March, and now, now that May is beginning, I am starting to take a long view of things.

For the moment, my time […]

On My Way

I’m about to leave for Hannover–my first time in the city, save for a train connection (maybe two) in the past. After Hannover, I’ll be off to Rotterdam.

The new apartment is essentially unpacked, although I do have a few issues:

I learned Saturday morning that the lowest point of the building’s laundry room is […]

Teachable Moment

In my educational career I’ve taken several seminar and classes on how to teach.

Personally I never had any doubt about my abilities to teach, but I can remember in many of these seminars that graduate students, both new and old, would ask questions that indicated that the thing they feared most was the prospect […]

Ghosts In My Head

Whilst wandering the streets of Paris I was haunted by my high school French teacher.

Yes, a woman who I haven’t seen nor heard from since my last day of French class is still walking around in my head and although I suspect she has since retired, as I walked around every corner, I fully […]

Innocence Shattered

There comes a point in everyone’s upbringing when they realize some truths about the world around them—and that often these truths are rather unpleasant.

The first time I can remember this happening to me was back at Park Hill Elementary School in Denver, Colorado. As is with traditional with American elementary education, it was a […]

…cream with that?

I have lots of problems learning foreign languages.

The problems center around two issues: First, I have a terrible memory when it comes to words and the like. It takes me 50 to 100 repetitions of new words before they start to penetrate my consciousness, and then another 1,000 repetitions before I actually know the […]

The Bloomington Office

The Weimar Office, as I’ve told my barista friend, Chicago Anki, is the world’s second best coffee shop (and not in the Dutch meaning).

The best coffee shop in the world is in Bloomington, Indiana. It’s name is “soma,” and it is at the corner of Kirkwood and Grant, just downstairs from the Laughing Planet.