TabooDid you ever play Taboo as a kid? It’s that game where you have a word on a card, and you have to make people guess that word without using any “taboo” terms. Like, if you want them to guess moon, you can’t say “space,” “planet,” “astronaut,” “cheese,” “sky,” etc. I love that game! I’m pretty good at it too. Every other month I get together to play Taboo in French at the French Alliance here in NYC. This is the best exercise I can think of for a 2nd language learner, because it teaches you how to problem solve your communication blocks. When you don’t have the words you want, you have to come up with new ways of getting at that idea, and that is where you really find confidence in your communication skills. Although you don’t know everything, what you have is enough to get your ideas across. My group won the Taboo game this week (you play on teams), which is a miracle, because I’ve been living off chocolate rabbits and leftover ham this past week. Ugh. However, I am training for a 5k in May! I go running at least once a week, and I’m trying to get down to a 9 minute mile from about 9:30. I have about a month left to get ready. Wish me luck!

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