A little reminder
This sign, hanging in a local diner, is a good reflection of my mood for the day, which is typical Seattle winter - cold and wet.
I spent the morning tutoring at the library, and it was a bit different today, which was a good thing. First I worked with a well-educated woman from Taipei whose command of English is very good. She wanted me to explain some of the word usage in a magazine article she was reading, about multi-national corporations. The problem was that the author was a dreadful writer more concerned with fancy writing than with conveying information. We had an interesting time. Then I worked with a couple who are preparing for their citizenship interviews, using special preparation materials.
This was the first time I've not had to deal exclusively with very basic ESL. When I signed up to volunteer, I expected to be dealing with a number of different issues - helping people working toward a GED, college students needing classwork help, or people preparing for SAT, GRE, or graduate degree exams, for example. I would not have volunteered if I had known it would all be ESL. I think the people I worked with today are planning to return next week, so I have that to look forward to.