Chicken Soul Soup: Real ESL Class

On Fridays, I meet a woman at a coffee shop and we talk for an hour.  She’s got a full-time professional job, two kids, etc., etc.  Whole Language be damned, she says, this class is part English and part therapy.

Last week, she came rushing in, grabbed a macchiato and flumped into a chair.  While apologising for being late, she took a sip of her coffee.  “HIJO DE PUTA!”

Immediately, she looked at me, stricken with guilt.  “I sorry.  I know dat word in English but I did not say eet.  I say eet now.” She dropped her voice to a whisper and glared at her cup.  “Motherfucker.  Dat coffee ees strong.”

Chicken Soul Soup

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