Do Your Learners Speak Your Language?

“Now that you’re in the beginning phase, you need to untap.”

When was the last time you tried explaining something you were familiar with to someone who was new to it? Maybe you were orienting a new team member, trying to summarize your favorite show, or teaching someone how to play a game. Lots of things have their own “in” terms. If you try using them with someone who has no clue what they mean you’re going to lose that person’s interest. Fast. Or they’re probably going to be pretty confused.

The opening sentence describes a very small part of how to play the card game Magic: The Gathering. In “plain English” it means, “Since it’s the beginning of your turn, reset your cards.” Okay, that makes sense.

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