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Hallo English Teacher Danny: Not Just a Small-Town Boy

You would think the activity and diversity found in a house of ten people could prepare anyone for the big world. But that wasn’t the case for Danny. Ever ordered a combo of fried chicken and enchiladas? Of course not, but this small-town boy from Tennessee experienced something like that. 

Danny didn’t know what to think when he first walked the busy streets of Mexico City.

English teacher with family

Learning a New Language

Danny grew up with an inquisitive mind craving adventure. He exercised his legs running track and then exercised his brain playing Settlers of Catan (a German-inspired game of strategy). Other hobbies included reading, playing soccer and frisbee, and enjoying outdoor games. 

Some people say you have to go around the world to find what you love. Though cliché, this was true for Danny (he just down the world halfway). The day his footsteps touched non-American soil, a new passion unfolded.

Danny was assigned to learn and speak Spanish as a missionary for his church. For two years, he would cultivate relationships using the Spanish language, and he was given only six weeks to learn it⁠—that is, only six weeks with traditional instructors. After that, he was on his own.

Danny spent those six weeks in Mexico City doing everything in his power to learn Spanish. On top of the foreign language, the exotic smells, the unfamiliar terrain, and the hustle and bustle of city-life were nothing shy of shocking. 

But Danny embraced the Latin American culture and set out to accomplish what he was assigned to do. Teach.

English teacher missionary in Mexico

Opportunities to Teach

The remaining time of his two-year mission was spent in New Jersey (also nothing like Tennessee or Mexico City). Most of his days were spent knocking on doors and sharing uplifting messages, typically in Spanish. Out of the frying pan and into the blazing hot, smoky fire would be the best description of learning the language. 

Of course, not every person learning English may be dropped into an American community and have no other choice but to speak it constantly, but many parallels can be drawn from Danny’s experience learning Spanish.

First, you only get out what you put in. Like putting a dollar into a savings account, you still put the dollar in and will benefit from the interest. However, if you put in more than one dollar, then you are collecting higher interest. 

Someone learning English should never disregard any effort he or she puts forth, but with greater effort comes greater payoff. 

Also, Danny suggests you make as many mistakes as possible early on in the learning process. Mistakes are inevitable and are part of the journey. But each mistake presents an opportunity to seek help and receive corrections. This is a vital step to progress. The only obstacle in front of someone is themself.

English teacher missionary in Mexico

Giving Back

Danny not only spoke Spanish for two years but also shared his skills by teaching his native language. As he taught more and more English classes to foreign speakers, his passion for tutoring increased. 

He often heard people say, “English is a life changer,” and thank him for his teaching. In these moments, Danny recognized the critical value of English for all people, a language he often took for granted.

Danny’s mission concluded, yet he still yearned for the thrill of teaching. Luckily, he was introduced to Hallo while at school, and he had no hesitation in signing up as a Hallo streamer. Though a little nervous about teaching on an unfamiliar technological platform, Danny was electrified to begin corresponding with people from all over the world. 

Love for Hallo

Every time Danny hops onto Hallo, he is filled with “satisfaction.” There is nothing better “than when that lightbulb goes on” for one of his students. 

“Immerse yourself as much as you can,” affirms Danny in response to an effective way to learn English. As he learned from his Mexico-Jersey days, taking advantage of music, movies, books, and changed language settings on a phone will help someone learn English faster. 

It was a great day when Danny convinced a close friend to sign up for Hallo too. Knowing the benefits that teaching has given him, he wants others to feel the same pleasures whether as a streamer or user.. 

Danny is sincerely grateful for the many unique friendships he has formed with people throughout the world all united in a common goal. This is surely something no one can achieve by his or her capabilities alone. 

The little service Danny gives to his Halloers is nothing compared to the love he has for Hallo’s embracing community. Gratitude and appreciation flow among all correspondents. Streamers and users, together, form the supportive community Hallo was created to be. 

Here are some other fun facts about Danny:

  1. He is studying to receive a psychology major and TOESL minor at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah.
  2. His regular conundrum is having “single hiccups” at random times and random places with accompanying random looks from others.
  3. He was the 2nd place winner of a pancake eating contest by devouring 19 ½ fluffy, syrupy pancakes.
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Suggested Topics for Products & Technology

 

  1. Showcasing Incredible Apps to Learn Foreign Languages
  2. Comparing & contrasting different foreign language apps based on functions
  3. How to Become Bilingual: Stories & Best Practices
  4. How to Become Multilingual: Stories & Best Practices
  5. Deciding on a language career outside of the industry
  6. Teaching Free English for Service online
  7. How to experience life abroad – at home
  8. Barriers to integrating technology in the classroom & how to overcome
  9. Free resources for teachers now teaching online due to COVID
  10. Integrating education technology in K-12 schools
  11. Integrating education technology in university & graduate programs
  12. Most Innovative Language Technology and Products when you don’t know the language
  13. Building community on a language learning app (as a business)
  14. Building community on a language learning app (as an influencer/teacher)
  15. How to host an online event (InEvent present)

Suggested Topics for Research

 

  1. The Pros and Cons of Online Learning
  2. The Pros and Cons of In-Class learning
  3. The relationship between technology and success in the classroom 
  4. How has the language learning industry changed throughout history
  5. Current growth trends in the education technology industry
  6. Current growth trends in the classic institutional education industry
  7. Presentation of 3 top TESOL Student Theses
  8. Discussion: Biggest flaws & opportunities in the language learning industry
  9. Discussion: Ways to improve classic educational system
  10. Comparing language learning programs & outcomes around the world
  11. International wealth & quality of life outcomes based on ESL acquisition
  12. Best careers in the language learning industry based on growth and salary
  13. Discussion: Which language learning educational systems need the most help & how to help
  14. In-Conference Research: Best methods for learning languages. Polling & Discussion
  15. Case study: reshaping policies in the institution to improve learning
  16. Language learning outcomes based on age
  17. Understanding and overcoming misconceptions about the difficulties of language learning
  18. Best curriculums based on short and long-term outcomes

Suggested Topics for Professional Development

 

  1. Linguistic Major Career Paths – Panel and Q&A
  2. Hallo Teaching Demonstration
  3. Hallo Teaching Practice
  4. Linguistic Major Career Paths – Presented by Professionals in their fields
  5. Linguistic Major Career Paths – Panel and Q&A
  6. Getting certified as an ESL Teacher (how to)
  7. Transitioning careers as a professional in the language learning industry
  8. Improving communication in your University Department
  9. Internship Opportunities & Tips for Finding a Student Internship 
  10. Find Your Students Internships
  11. Incorporating language learning apps into your curriculum
  12. Inside look at the life of Language Interpreters
  13. Inside look at the life of Forensic Linguists
  14. Inside look at the life of ASL Translators
  15. Inside look at the life of Computational linguists in the tech industry
  16. Inside look at the life of Speech Language Pathologists
  17. Inside look at the life of Content Developers
  18. Inside look at the life of International Business Workers
  19. Inside look at the life of Language Professors
  20. Interview Skills & What Interviewers Are Looking For – Panel
  21. Interview Skills & What Interviewers Are Looking For – Demonstrations & Practice
  22. How to Create the Best Resume
  23. Pros and Cons to getting certified online
  24. Developing personal brand (as a teacher, influencer, student, etc.)
  25. Tips for choosing a career
  26. How to transition to online teaching

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