Thursday, February 28, 2008


Over the past two weeks I've been doing a lot of reading and just plain chatting with children learning English as a second language. Last Thursday a little boy and I were reading a book together about lizards. Half way through, he stopped to tell me something very important:

"In my house in Istanbul the lee-sards made a nest but we couldn't find it. My mom was so mad. She hates lee-sards. Me, I like to catch them."

"That's not easy. What do you do with them once you catch them?"

"I take them outside and let them go."

"That's kind of you."

"I like catching snails, too. My sister, she likes to step on them. I think she likes the way it sounds. CRSPLTCH!"

Some things require no translation.

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