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language • stern • odd one
casual • figure
  1. I want this class to feel very , so let's sit in a circle.
  2. I that it will take him a few weeks to understand everything.
  3. He has always been the with his friends and done his own thing.
  4. I can tell that you have an accent. What was your first .
  5. My cat gives me very looks when I try to take her food away.
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475 English Only in Class
Speaking only English in English class.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

first language

We teach our students English, and English is not their first language.

Your 'first language' is the language that you speak when you first start talking.  This can also be called your 'native language.' Notice the following:

  1. He speaks so well that you would guess that English was his first language.
  2. His first language was Spanish, but he started speaking English right after that.

stern look

I give them a stern look, although that doesn't always work.

A 'stern look' is one that is harsh or severe. It is not friendly. Notice the following:

  1. His stern look told me that he didn't think I was funny.
  2. She just gives her children stern looks if they are doing something wrong, and they change their actions.

odd one

Generally, students don't like to be the odd one, so they don't put their hand up.

The 'odd one' is thing that is different than the others. The students in class don't want to be different from each other or be the one that everyone looks at. Notice the following:

  1. When he left his own country, he learned what it felt like to be the odd one.
  2. He is kind of the odd one in his family.


I haven't had much success really, so I've actually been pretty casual about it.

If you are 'casual' about something, you are not serious or strict about it.  Notice the following:

  1. She likes the atmosphere in class to be quite casual.
  2. We are going to have a casual dinner with friends at our house tonight.


I figure as long as they're trying to speak the majority of in English, then it's okay if they speak a little bit of their own language.

'I figure' is similar to saying 'I think' or 'I believe.' Notice the following:

  1. She figures that he will apologize first.
  2. I figure we should be there around 3 o'clock.