I’m visiting in Bend, Oregon, today, where it has turned from rain to sun. It’s a relief from the crazy snow at home! Yesterday I had a great time in Seattle.
I managed to use a bit of several languages…Russian at the Piroshki shop, Spanish with some flower vendors, Polish I didn’t know I remembered with some lost tourists outside the Seattle Art Museum, some Dutch down at the rowing dock, and Italian at the Chihuly exhibit. Except for Russian, none of my language ability was enough for real conversation, but when you comprehend some questions and the answers are visible, on a map or yes/no, you can get a long way!
I realized that is why TPRS and MovieTalk and other forms of CI work, if we get the listening skills in place. We also have to teach our students to truly live by one of Ben Slavic’s classroom rules, “Listen with the intent to understand.” Maybe that should be, “Listen with the belief that you will understand.”