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Magnificent Nose

Suh-tee-bun! That’s my name (스티븐) pronounced in Korean. Each consonant must be followed by a vowel sound, which means my two-syllable name has three syllables when spoken in Korean. Perhaps I’m a bad ESL teacher for not always correcting my students’ pronunciation. “No,” I could say, “Stee-ven,” and I could tap my front teeth and show them how to place them on my bottom lip. “Vvvvvvvv,” I could say. But as an ESL teacher, my goal is not to teach middle school students perfect English (what does that even mean?), but instead to help them communicate.

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