Yesterday, I was sitting and doing a little (very little) work at Hartford’s downtown library (free Wifi!) and ended up sitting next to a class of would-be English speakers.
As I listened to them practice words like “arm” and “hurt,” I got a little choked up. One woman spoke Turkish and Farsi and some Spanish, but wanted to add English. The class exercises involved a lot of practice conversation. I had to stop myself from going over and hugging every last one of them.