How I Learned English

How I Learned English

55 Accomplished Latinos Recall Lessons in Language and Life

by Tom Miller

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 15/08/2007

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All over the world there are people struggling to master the quirks and challenges of English. In today's America, many millions of them are Latino--and in this eloquent collection, nearly 60 of the best known contribute fascinating, revealing, often touching essays on the very personal process each went through to achieve this common end. Their successes are inspiring. Their pieces, engaging and entertaining all, express the whole range of emotions that learning any new language entails.

Congressman Jos Serrano, for example, describes learning English from Frank Sinatra records. Cuban-American author Oscar Hijuelos picked it up as a sick little boy in an American hospital bed. Many find it a daunting ordeal; for others English came easily. But from TV personality Cristina Saralegui to Hall of Fame baseball player Orlando Cepeda, every last one remembers what it felt like to do battle with bizarre idioms, irregular verbs, and all the other incomprehensible intricacies that tangle the tongue.

And of course, every new English-speaker has a tale to tell: an immigrant yearning to assimilate and achieve, or a political exile suddenly far from home and alone, or a child who just wants to fit in. Their fears and triumphs will resonate with everyone who has shared this exasperating, exhilarating experience, whether last year or a lifetime ago. This wonderful, eclectic, inviting collection speaks to--and for--all of them, and goes directly to the heart of the national debate on language and immigration.

ISBN:
9781426200977
9781426200977
Category:
Teaching of students with English as a second language (TESOL)
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
15-08-2007
Language:
English
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
229x152x21mm
Weight:
0.44kg
Tom Miller

Tom Miller grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He graduated from Harvard University and went on to earn an MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and an MD from the University of Pittsburgh.

While writing The Philosopher’s Flight, he worked as a travel guidebook writer, EMT, and college English instructor. He's now an emergency room doctor in Madison, Wisconsin.

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