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It went well!
YAY! Just finished my first ESL class and it well really well. The woman said that she really appreciated my time and attention. I had to lower my fee for her to $20 an hour. Her husband's company isn't doing so well and she might have to get a job herself. I told her that I can lower my fee for a short time, but can't afford only $20 an hour for the long haul. I have to print out all these lessons and that uses up my paper and ink. But, she did say that she would help me with my Korean, so that's something. Well, we'll see how long we can go for at that rate.

Anyway, the lesson went really well. I know now what to concentrate more on for her. She want more conversational practice. Today we did some business telephone roleplaying. She was a secretary at a company and I roleplayed different clients calling to leave messages. At first I was talking slowly, but then I realized that's not realistic. LOL So, I sat behind her (so she couldn't see my mouth as I talked) and talked at a little-faster-than-normal pace for her. That stressed her out. LOL But she was happy about the realistic practice.

She also talked to me about adding more time. So, now my schedule with her is:
Mondays - 10am to 11am
Wednesdays - 2pm to 4pm
Fridays - 10am to 11am.

I may have lowered my fees, temporarily, but I have more hours.

So much for free time!

What I'm feeling: accomplished accomplished

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_invisibletouch From: _invisibletouch Date: October 12th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)

I'm so happy to hear that your ESL went well. Learning new things in a language that isn't your native tongue is always exciting and stressful. I want to learn so many different languages.
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: October 12th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC) (Link)

This woman is also learning Japanese (one hour every day) and I think Chinese too. Talk about difficult!
_invisibletouch From: _invisibletouch Date: October 12th, 2005 05:10 am (UTC) (Link)

I did a little research, and apparantly learning multiple languages at once can hinder the ability to retain as much information as you could while studying them individually.

I have so many languages I want to learn.
Once I can afford school again, I think I will be testing that theory! lol
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: October 12th, 2005 07:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I totally believe that learning multiple languages at the same time will slow you down. I know that I was tagged as needing a little extra help in school when I was in elementary school because my parents spoke a different language at home exclusively. After that, they made an effort to only speak English. Course, that's why now I can't speak a decent sentence in Tamil/Kannada (what we spoke at home) and why all my cousins in India make fun of me. LOL
_invisibletouch From: _invisibletouch Date: October 12th, 2005 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I watched something about children in the US who have parents who speak other languages in the home. It does tend to slow them down in many cases. Sometimes the kids become fully fluent in both languages as long as they are around English speakers enough. If they spend more time at home than usual, it can really impair their learning.

I think I will try to learn French while studying Japanese further. A European language and an Asian language. I'm hoping that they will be different enough that I don't get them confused. I have a substantial hold on Japanese so I'm hoping that adding French won't impede my learning, but there's only one way to find out!
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