“Rape” as Slang?

I’m beginning to notice a growing trend of using the word “rape” flippantly in sentences. For example, “I totally raped that exam!” or “Our school is going to rape them at that game!” or even on YouTube when expressing how much one likes a video, “I raped the replay button 20 times!” Using “rape” in…

Intonation Success!

As I have mentioned previously, my second ESL practicum was on Wednesday and I had the pleasure of teaching pronunciation, but more specifically intonation! Last time was a full class of twelve students but this time I only had nine. The smaller the class size the better, I always say! My students range from their…

Why Autumn is Awesome

I went to the farmer’s market today with a dear friend and we ate all sorts of delightful foods. We had meat pies, galettes, homemade potato chips, pumpkin fudge, Saskatoon berry pie, and we downed it all with a hearty dose of freshly squeezed carrot apple juice. Mmm! As we walked around the market, we…

To Focus or Not To…

When you’re swamped with work and deadlines and you realize that there are only so many hours to accomplish everything that needs to be done, what do you tend to do? Some, like my cousin, prefer to bake. Others power through relentlessly until they’re finished. And I… well, I tend to give myself plenty of…

Familiar Faces

The sun is bright today, the air is crisp, and the frost has melted since this morning. I am sitting at a buzzing Starbucks café with an earl grey and I am eavesdropping at the conversations around me. I’m really waiting for a friend. A language buddy, actually. We had met at a previous French…

Full Calendars are Lovely

Well, it has certainly been a busy week! Now, I have finished all my TESL classroom observations and I have also completed that pesky grammar tutorial on verb forms and tenses! It actually all came together last night between 10:00 PM to 12:00 AM. You can actually ask me anything about English verb tenses and…

My Struggle to Love

You know what’s hard? Living out this verse: 1 Peter 1:6-7 In this you greatly rejoice though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire –…