Linguists say that the most human thing there is about being human is language. This simple truism has always fascinated me and has sparked my interest in the complicated process of first and second language acquisition. My MA in English included courses in descriptive linguistics, historical linguistics, and language teaching. I pursued an MA in applied linguistics at California State University in Northridge (CSUN), focusing on the acquisition of second language phonology. My Ph.D. dissertation focused on the acquisition of English /l/ and /r/ tokens by native Japanese speakers. In addition to language acquisition, I am interested in interlanguage, phonology and phonetics, applied linguistics, and second language pedagogy. I have taught at California State University in Northridge, Boston University, Fisher College, Newbury College, Salem State College, Harvard University and in the Framingham State College's International Education Programs in Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Poland, Brazil, Honduras, Bahrain, Kuwait City, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Mexico, Italy, Panama, Mariana Islands, South Korea, Thailand, and China. I joined the English Department at Queensborough Community College in 2004 and have taught remedial reading, writing, and English 101 courses.