Hi! I am reblogging this because it is a very thought-provoking post. I recently had a similar expeerience, but related to the use of the n-word. I will begin to explore that topic on my blog, and I think it might prove interesting for you. I hope you are enjoying your new life in the United States. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!


The other day I was teaching a group of CEFR B1 students. They are all Kazakhstani local students. One of the listening tasks was to listen to 8 conversations and identify what people asked for. The main focus was on polite requests. Conversation 3 was as follows:

A: What would you like us to bring?

B: A salad and something for a dessert.

A: Great.We can do it.

My students decided that it was a dialogue between a waiter and a customer. I played the track two more times before I realized that my students were unfamiliar with an idea of a potluck dinner. It’s a very foreign idea to Kazakh people who when they have people over for lunch /dinner do not expect guests to bring anything with them. After I explained what a potluck party was my students got really excited and exclaimed: We like this idea, but…

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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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