I’m learning to be pleased with the small improvements I see in my students. When we first arrived, our students already knew the question “How are you?” When asked, they would demonstrate their excellent memorization skills and rattle off: “Finethankyouandyou?” The shy kids would simply answer “fine”.
After more than 2 months of teaching, about 50% of my students will respond with something other than fine. Some are good, some are so-so (they love that expression), some are bad. A few are even terrible or great. It makes my introduction/greeting slightly less boring.
On a related note, Erin’s efforts are also paying off. When we started, the students already knew “nice to meet you” (nicetomeetyou). They said it every time they saw us. I’ve “met” some of my students hundreds of times. Erin has gone to great lengths to remedy this, and her students have mastered the more-appropriate “nice to see you” (nicetoseeyou).
I suppose that counts for something, right?