Graci Harkema: Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
1:06 almost didn't make it almost died
1:12 biological mother birth mother, natural mother (as opposed to adoptive mother)
1:42 given 12-24 hours to live medically assessed would die in 12-24 hours
2:11 take up a crib occupy a crib (that could be used for a healthy baby)
3:24 had a peace about him was very calm
7:51 racial slurs rude remarks based on a person’s race
8:20 rude awakening very difficult realization
10:27 BL2END Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions
13:42 off the dole no longer receiving free food and housing
14:59 come full circle having the story come back around to where it begins

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Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.