Category Archives: communication

Conversation with an American tourist

While the kids were getting their hair cut recently, the grandpa of another little boy there heard my accent and starting chatting. He’d taken a trip to England and wanted to tell me all about it. Or at least he wanted to play … Continue reading

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Cup of tea?

After a total of seven years in Texas, I had started to consider myself reasonably fluent in American English. I’m way past the crisps/chips, chips/french fries stage. I know that, defying all expectation, the entrée is not the first course in … Continue reading

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Sh*t Boys Say

Strapping a couple of five-year-old boys down in an enclosed space is as fascinating an experiment as you could hope for. Including the ones I remember fondly from 5th Form Chemistry which ended with the partial loss of eyebrows or … Continue reading

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Over and out

Spring Break evenings at the beach have been going something like this: Give one walkie-talkie to group of small children. Remember to keep the other. Negotiate order and precise length of turns with the walkie-talkie. Reassure children that they will … Continue reading

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