Before heading overseas to be an ESL teacher, there are quite a few things that you really can’t prepare for. Like trying to explain the many different definitions of the word ‘swoop’ (excluding the EWU mascot) and why Americans make fun of Canadians. (For the record, ‘because Americans make fun of everyone’ seems to be an easy answer). Although I would like to give my students a concise rule for English grammar, “Because that’s the way it is” is a frequent response. For example, after some verbs you have to use the infinitive, no questions asked. Why? Sorry to burst your bubble Jorge, but that’s English for ya.
After having a lively discussion with a Peruvian student who needed advice on where to travel in the States, we concluded that many popular travel destinations were located around the perimeter of the US; which also included most major cities. Not to mention my personal bias that the Midwest (besides Chicago) is rather boring.
I then asked her, “Where do you want to go?”
With which she replied, “Not New Jersey, I hear it’s really dirty”.
“Well you’ve certainly got a point there”