“Game Over” for Katakana Pronunciation

Sitting in a Tokyo coffee shop, I heard a boy of six or so look up from the phone he was using and tell his parents “Game Over.”  What struck me was that his  pronunciation was very good  — he joined the two words together naturally and got the American “er” in “over” just right,… Read More

Feeling good about immaturity

It feels good to be generous of my time with students, trying to help them academically, to nurture their self-confidence and to know them as people, a process that lets them see more of myself than they are used to seeing in other teachers.  But this generosity, which is essentially a matter of treating students as human… Read More