Of every stripe = of all types
To be of the same stripes = to be the same as or similar to
To change stripes = to change the essential nature in a human
To earn stripes = to achieve a position through hard work
To show true stripes = to reveal what one really believes, thinks or wants
In times of disaster, humans often show their true stripes and help each other out. (Florida inmates distributing sandbags to residents.)
Animals of every stripe want their freedom. (Before Hurricane Irma, this zebra was a zoo resident.)
Some species were so moved by solidarity demonstrated during the hurricane that they decided to be of the same stripe as humans. (This pony really empathized with the helpful prisoners.)
Some Florida inmates showed that yes, humans can change their stripes. (A pig that had been relocated because of Hurricane Irma being made happy by a Florida inmate.)
Many cats earned their stripes by volunteering as first responders after Hurricane Irma. (Striped Florida cat accessing a devastated home after Hurricane Irma.)
Betsy is my little sister, and I am very proud of her for her amazing language capabilities. When she was just a small girl, she would sometimes make up new words when she needed to, to avoid being slowed down by not knowing the “mainstream” word. Example: her word, “benext”, a combination of “beside” and “next to”, which simple meant “do lado” (but long before she ever encountered Portuguese, of course).
Taking English classes with Betsy is a great pleasure.
She enriches her classes with her wonderful life story, which she happily shares with her students.
Classes are carefully and diligently prepared by Betsy according to the individual needs of each of her students, and always accompany reading material on fresh, new subjects.
She is a very enthusiastic and up-beat teacher, who imparts knowledge to her students through engaging and interesting discussions.
All in all, taking classes with Betsy is a very pleasant, enriching and memorable experience.
Betsy is a wonderful English teacher! Not only is she a native English speaker, but she is also “antenada” in what’s going on around the globe, enabling all kinds of subjects to be brought to light through very engaging and in-depth discussions, and providing a rich vocabulary, with words and expressions you don’t normally find in your usual English textbooks (and that are only ever mentioned on advanced English classes after years and years of going to the same English school). She is very open-minded and has a great sense of humor, making “convos” interesting and funny. And…Betsy loves cats – she is the best! Love, Carla & Amanda.
I really don’t know how long Betsy has been my teacher. I do know she is the best teacher I have ever had. She can join daily happenings with an admirable sense of humor that makes her classes quite unique. She is intelligent, smart, very confident and besides everything she became a close friend of us. It’s a privilege being her student.