Students were preparing for a quiz on baroque music history today. An Egyptian boy asked a Korean boy, what sounded exactly like "Orfeo and Daphne are two of the hairiest what?" to which the Korean said "What do you mean, 'hairy'?" Egyptian boy says, "I did not say 'hairy' I said 'hearliest'" to which the Korean says "It sounded like you said 'hairiest!' and we all were laughing by then. Egyptian boy was trying his best to say "earliest." I really enjoy teaching music concepts to kids who have widely varying degrees of English language ability. In a way it levels the playing field -- everyone has to be smart enough to start with to stay afloat in a sea of foreign language inside a foreign culture, except for the small percentage of native English speakers.