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  1. I kind of have an identity crisis because I'm Dutch but I can barely speak Dutch. It's what happens when you grow up everywhere BUT the Netherlands. In fact, the little Dutch I can speak comes out really funny because I pronounce things like a Spanish speaker. When I'm in the Netherlands, everyone assumes I'm a Turkish immigrant :) Since I'm SUPPOSED to speak Dutch, but I DON'T, it's sometimes difficult for me to speak up and try.

  2. I remember my mother always saying witty proverbs to us when we'd do something wrong, or when we'd hear of something that happened. For instance, one that she would always use was, "mucha confianza mato a todos los Palominos!" That's probably not the best example because los Palominos refers to our family name, but I'm wondering if anyone else out there know of some witty proverbs they'd like to share.

  3. Repetition, repetition, repetition. That's why full immersion works for language acquisition. When you are fully immersed in another culture, you have no other option but to use what you know, over and over again. With time, more knowledge gets added, but it's the simple fact that you are practicing so much, repeating the same errors and correcting them, using the same vocabulary, that allows you to learn at a much faster rate.

    If you're unable to fully immerse, you must try to replicate that where you are, as much as possible. Use the new vocabulary repeatedly and eventually it will stick.

  4. I think English is a particularly difficult language to learn because of all the irregular verbs and because of some pronunciation. For many ESL students, the "th" sound is impossible to make so it's often pronounced "d". What makes it an easy language to learn is that there are resources EVERYWHERE to improve your skills and many people speak it so it's easy to find a conversation partner.

  5. I always use English slang terms, unless I'm in a formal situation. I think it's a great way to break the ice and make people feel comfortable, I use it a lot in a comical way, to make people laugh, but that is kind of my personality.

    One tip, though: don't use any derogatory slang words (racist, sexist etc).

    Some slang words I like to throw around include:

    Fo sho! (for sure)

    Sup, dawg (what's up, dog?)

    Aiight (alright)

    Yo momma! (your mom)

  6. I love this quote by June Jordan from her "Poem for South African Women":

    ...we are the ones we have been waiting for

    President Obama has used this quote in some of his speeches to empower his listeners to make change happen in their own lives and in the world we live.

    Here is the entire poem:

    “And who will join this standing up

    and the ones who stood without sweet company

    will sing and sing

    back into the mountains and

    if necessary

    even under the sea:

    we are the ones we have been waiting for.”

    ― June Jordan

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