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How I Learned English: 55 Accomplished…

How I Learned English: 55 Accomplished Latinos Recall Lessons in Language…

by Ray Suarez

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This is a collection of personal essays by a variety of different people on their experience on learning English. Some are amusing, others are sad, and some are just dull. The essays are very short, usually about 2 pages and I often thought that was not enough space to convey the experience. Many of the essays come from folks well known in the Hispanic community (Don Fransico, Congressan José Serrano, Walter Mercado, Enrique Fernández, Daisy Zamora) but they aren't professional writers and it sometimes shows. .

I think this book would be greatly appreciated by anyone who has tried to learn a foreign language, and not just Spanish to English. Though sometimes not well written, the stories are touching . And anyone who has tried to learn another language can empathize with the bizarre collection of idioms, irregular verbs, strange spellings that don't match pronunciation, and other exceptions to the language rules ( )
  etznab | Oct 20, 2010 |
This book was an interesting look into how one learns a language. (A second language). Working with ESL students on a daily basis, I was able to take a lot away from these stories and relate them back to my students. There were the common similarities; subtitles on TV or movies, reading everything in sight etc. I found it amusing that more than one author talked about National Geographic magazine. What's really funny is at my center, we have a whole shelf of these magazines and my students LOVE them. I just thought it was a funny thing, but now, after reading this book it seems this isn't such a strange thing after all.

Anyhow, this was an interesting read for anyone interested in language learning. ( )
  goldiebear | Nov 12, 2008 |
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Leading Latino artists, entertainers, politicians, authors, and athletes explain how they each dealt with the challenges and intricacies of learning the English language, including Congressman Jose Serrano and writer Oscar Hijuelos.

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