Well the excellent folks at The Language Dojo were kind enough to ask me to write an article for their site, on one condition.
“Anything you want to write about is fine,” they said, “but could you not mention Mama, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or getting drunk?”
“But that’s all I write about,” I protested. “Plus those are several conditions, not one, by the way.”
“How about maybe just something on language learning?
“Language learning in prison?” I asked.
“How about the classroom?” they said.
“What about some trucks?
“How about some pedagogy?
Fine. So I wrote some stuff down and it seemed pretty okay. Then I sent it to a friend of mine for her opinion, with my typically self-effacing preface that I’d written the perfect article on language learning. She wrote back and told me it was not the perfect article on language learning, because I’d failed to mention anything about Mama, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or getting drunk.
Jeez, you just can’t please people. Fine. So I put in a little bit about getting drunk. But just a little, and no trains, then sent it to The Language Dojo. Perfect? Possibly not, but check it out and decide for yourself: Why do Classes Suck?