I’m reposting this interview with one of my best students, if not the best, because it offers good advice. It shows how natural learning becomes if you are truly immersed into something, maybe obsessed with it.
From 1966 to 2006, except for the three years I tried to be a studio potter, I taught foreign languages—either German to Americans or English to Chinese and Koreans. During that time there was one student whose language proficiency was a really remarkable achievement. By the time I met Byoung-ok, he’d made himself bilingual and bicultural. I thought at first that he’d gone to … Read More