How to Learn a Language in 203 Easy Steps (What They Don’t Teach in School)

First, your dad won’t teach you, even though Spanish is his first language. You’ll hear him use it with his parents, your grandparents, who you can hardly communicate with. Your grandfather, who you call “Ito” because you won’t be able to say “abuelito,” will drive with you and your dad to all of your sports … Continue reading How to Learn a Language in 203 Easy Steps (What They Don’t Teach in School)

April 2022 Newsletter: How Word Choice Influences Policy and The Power of Personal Essays

Note: This originally appeared in newsletter form. I send these out monthly to my list. If you'd like to receive emails like this that will help you become a better reader, learner, and thinker, then subscribe here. Wow. Here we are. We did it. An email list. This is the inaugural email. Let’s get right … Continue reading April 2022 Newsletter: How Word Choice Influences Policy and The Power of Personal Essays

Of Dragons and Dreams: My Battles with Envy

Look, it’s easy for me to write what I’m excited to share. Like learning a language in a month by talking to topless women, or getting an internship with my childhood hero. This isn’t like that. It was hard to write, it’s harder to read back, and it’ll be even harder to admit to those … Continue reading Of Dragons and Dreams: My Battles with Envy