Category Archives: languages

“I Can’t Be in Class with Men,” she says.

IT HAPPENS EVERY AUGUST, when the refugee mothers who no longer need child care in order to attend English class (because their youngest enters Pre-K) “graduate” to classes in the main building. There, classes are tailored to specific levels – beginner, … Continue reading

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The Word “Purple” is a Problem

THE WORD ‘purple’ turns out to be a problem. For two years, I’ve watched as students from just about every language group struggle to pronounce it. I have the same problem with the name of the actor David Oyelowo.* We … Continue reading

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In Which I Take Plan B to Church

MY SUBJECT today will not make a good poem. It barely makes a good story, but I can’t shake the image of the book stuck in the car door pocket, the one I bring with me just in case I … Continue reading

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