I’ve realized I don’t actually believe it’s possible to “teach” someone a language.
You can provide resources, but the student needs to use them.
You can answer questions, but the student needs to ask them first.
You can point at a word and say “This means that.” And then the same again for the next word. And then again, and again, and again. But a dictionary can do this too.
You can give a long awkward explanation of all the grammatical exceptions to the rules, but you’ll probably leave them even more confused than when they started.
What you can do is inspire them, give them passion – the longest-lasting and most useful gift you can give someone who wants to learn a language. If you ignite the flame of excitement within them to pursue the language on their own, they will continue to learn for the rest of their lives, even without you.
In 1970, mannequin-maker Adele Rootstein, who had
already made window dummies of Donyale Luna, Twiggy and Lady Jacqueline
Rufus Isaacs, decided Brett had the right look for today. She convinced
him to model, and now there are life-size copies of Brett in shop
windows all over the world. He represents “modern man” in the Bath
We’re too busy sittin’ around thinkin’ up ways to kill each other. Here’s one we came up with, it’s efficient, too. Genecide. You know, killing large numbers of people simply because they don’t look like you, they don’t talk like you, and they and they don’t have the same kind of hats you do. You ever notice that at any time you see to groups of people who really hate each other, chances are good they’re wearing different kind of hats. Keep an eye on that, it might be important.
The definition of a philosopher is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black hat that isn’t there. The definition of a theologian is the one who finds it. And a mathematician is the one who calculates the odds of finding the hat.