Thursday, March 24, 2005

say what?

An Arabic speaking woman asked for information about "population in Iraq." When I showed her the almanac, she said that's not what she's looking for, and kept saying population (and writing it down) over and over. Then I thought she wanted the area in square miles because she talked about population in area. My colleague who used to teach ESL (but speaks zero Arabic) understood immediately- she wants books about the pollution in Iraq- emphasizing the effects of the oil fires during the war. I would have never picked that up! She was a good sport though, laughing her way through:)

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