Sep 122010
 
Meaad's Article 2: The Giant Flood in Jeddah

Article #14 in the ESL Student Life Story Project, by Meaad from Saudi Arabia, age 23.

“Are you OK?” we all asked each other.

“Do you know what happened to our friend’s house?  Did it get damaged?”

“Did anyone in my cousin’s family die?”

“I have heard that it’s expected to rain tomorrow again, and I am afraid of what will happen!”

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Aug 302010
 
Headscarves in Schools: A Gorgeous Perspective

The world’s relationship with Muslim culture is one of the most intense and important topics around these days.

And thus it is with joy and hope for all humanity that I bring you an absolutely beautiful story from last week in our multicultural ESL class.

Let us allow the story to unfold through the words and pictures of three women in our class: Mafer from Venezuela, Yuri from Japan, and Meaad from Saudi [...Read More!]

Aug 112010
 
Faleh's Article: Lost 3 Days in the Saudi Desert

Article #13 in the ESL Student Life Story Project, by Faleh from Saudi Arabia, age 23.

My mother was crying and we didn’t know what had happened.   I came to my mother, then she said, “I have been calling your father for two days, but his phone is off I don’t know why!  There must be something bad that occurred to him.”

Later on we received the news: he had [...Read More!]

Aug 102010
 
Mei’s Article: Life in Boston Versus Life in Taiwan

Article #12 in the ESL Student Life Stories Project, by Mei from Taiwan, age 35.

Pedestrians First!  The cars stop behind the white line whenever I cross the road here in Boston.

I am so surprised by the street action!  I come from Taiwan, where drivers and passengers always contest each other.

Sometimes in Taiwan, a driver will curse at you if you don’t let his car pass.  He will [...Read More!]

Aug 092010
 
Amanda's Article: My Mother's Stories

Article #11 in the ESL Student Life Stories Project, by Amanda from China, age 20

There is something that makes me more mature than before.  My mother is 48 years old, and in her life she has already had 3 operations in the hospital.

When I was 8 years old, my mother had her first operation, because she had an “Ectopic Pregnancy.”  In this operation, my mother stayed in [...Read More!]

Aug 032010
 
Faisal's Article: When I Met Obama and Angelina Jolie

Article #10 in the ESL Student Life Story Project, by Faisal from Saudi Arabia, age 28

In July of 2009, I met President Obama.

The meeting was simple and very fast.

I simply introduced myself and asked Obama, “Could I sit in your chair in the Oval Office of the White House?”

Obama shook his head in humor, and, smiling, said, “OK!”

And then I was sitting in the chair of the President of the strongest [...Read More!]

Jul 292010
 
Jeremy's Article: Acting Stupid in Beautiful Singapore

Article #9 in the ESL Student Life Story Project, by Jeremy from China, age 20.

When I finished high  school in China, I went to Singapore to keep studying because I felt there were too many high school graduates like me in China, and I wouldn’t get into a good school there.

Living in beautiful Singapore was a huge challenge for me because I wanted to learn English well, so [...Read More!]

Jul 182010
 
Maryam’s Article: “Grey’s Anatomy” in Saudi Arabia

Article #9 in the ESL Student Life Story Project, by Maryam from Saudi Arabia, age 25.

Waiting, waiting, waiting… waiting for the new episode of the new season to be downloaded!  So exited and so curious what will happen next!

I was in my pink “girl” room  on my heavenly bed surrounded by pillows, freezing under my blanket, somehow unable to lower the air conditioning. Popcorn smell was all over the room [...Read More!]

Jul 142010
 
Mayuka's Article: An American Football Coach in Japan

Article #8 in the ESL Student Life Story Project, by Mayuka from Japan, age 25.

In our lives, we have keys that can change everything for us.  Maybe these keys are key words, or key points, or key people we meet, but many keys are not realized at the moment we first see them.  Keys are often realized later, and whether we are aware of it or not, they guide us [...Read More!]

Jul 132010
 
Andy's Article: When the Video Game Dream Awakes

Article #7 in the ESL Student Life Story Project, by Andy from China, age 20.

The light passed through the window near my bed and fell on my face.  The weakness of the sun woke me, and I opened my eyes.  My view through the window saw a dim scene, and I suddenly realized something was wrong.

Before going to sleep, I had been playing an online game called  World of [...Read More!]

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