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I teach at a business university in Colombia, where talking in class is like bread and butter (they go together). From day one, I insist I don't speak Spanish (though I do, as well as German, French, and an African language) and when students insist on speaking a language
that "I don't understand" then, I speak to them in a language THEY donīt understand, usually French. It's an instant attention getter. They usually stope dead in their tracks, looking more or less dumbgounded, but curious. They respect the fact that you know the trials and travails of learning another language as well as have mastered it. It motivates them to follow suit. It's better to serve as an example than as a master.

Patricia Chmela
Bogota, Colombia

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