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On Losing the ability to Speak

A woman in Diafarabe, Mali, holds her brilliant yellow scarf against a deep blue African sky.

A woman in Diafarabe, Mali, holds her brilliant yellow scarf against a deep blue African sky.

One would think that due to an illness, losing the ability to speak for two days would be terrifying. I found this not to be so. In fact, the loss of speech allowed me to see a new perspective on life.

Talk like a Native English Speaker

Dean, of Jiaozuo, China, has the ability to become a fluent English speaker. He can learn English like a sponge and will put any adult learner to shame.


Very often I am asked to help a Chinese person improve their English. They have the goal to talk just like a native English speaker. It is a noble goal but very difficult to attain. Even more frustrating is to be able to listen to a 4 year old who can yammer on in both English and Chinese in perfect fluency. The kid can’t even tie his shoes, but can speak much better than his supposedly much wiser and better educated parents. Here’s an excerpt of his blog: