Hosting a guest with limited English?
October 19, 2012 11:06 AM Subscribe
We're hosting a grad student from Thailand tonight who speaks very little english and has some trouble following conversation. What do we do to be good hosts?
posted by elvissa to human relations (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Big (which is a great name because he is 4 foot 10 at best) is from Thailand and is very warm and friendly but speaks very limited English and seems to follow some conversations better than others. I invited him to join us (me + wife, possibly mother-in-law) for pizza tonight after class.
It is occurring to me that I have no idea how to entertain him / be a good host when the language barrier is such an issue.
Any advice? What do we do for an hour?
(PS - I should mention this is Elvissa's husband, I'm stealing her account for this question. Hope she doesn't mind! Sorry honey!)