If you are an interpreter and are reading this, I just want to tell you how much I appreciate you. I, myself have dabbled at interpreting. Though it was a nice experience, I never got the hang of it. First, you don't have any dictionaries you can consult while you work...
Among English teachers, the term "native speaker" is a touchy and ambiguous subject. Now that I am going to explain it, I will open a can of worms. However, I will do this: use the worms as bait and catch some big fish with them and fry them up for you. So here goes:
Some students can be daunted by a new language, whether through reading, writing, listening or speaking. I find that listening is particularly difficult. How do you answer a native speaker if you don't understand everything they said?
Poetry is a great way to become familiar with a language. It is rooted in the way the words sound, the way they are put together. They often paint a picture like this one does. Imagine that you are out in the middle of the woods alone, on your horse. How do you feel.