Getting Around To It: Making Things Happen!


When I started Instituto Estelar Bilingüe two years ago, my friend Mandy gave me a Round Tuit, which became the inspiration and title for this blog. What is a Round Tuit? Here’s what mine says on the back:

“This is a round tuit. Guard it with your life. Tuits are hard to come by, especially round ones. It will help you become a much more efficient worker. For years you’ve heard people say, “I’ll do it when I get around to it.” So now that you have one (a round tuit), you can accomplish all those things you put aside until you got a round tuit!”

A Round Tuit

For my readers who are learning English as their second language, to get around to something is an idiomatic expression that means “to eventually begin or return to some procrastinated task” (Wiktionary). It is putting something off, postponing the inevitable, dragging your feet, delaying, dawdling. For example, “I’ll organize those old pictures when I get around to it,” or “I’ll get around to traveling some day.”

The idea of the Round Tuit is to remind us to stop procrastinating and starting doing what we want and need to do!

A fantastic example of making dreams a reality is Neil, a 50-something year old married man from England, who stopped in Liberia, Costa Rica for a week to study Spanish at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe and stay with a Costa Rican family. He was in the middle of a year-long solo bicycle journey from Alaska to Argentina!

Estelar Spanish student, Neil, with his large Tica family!

Estelar Spanish student, Neil, with his large Tica family!

Neil was so excited to try Costa Rican food, practice Spanish, and participate in all of the extracurricular events we offer, such as dance, cooking, and music class (he sang his heart out!), and language exchanges with our English students. He was very pleased with his family, who made him feel more than welcome in their home and kept serving up delicious meals.

Spanish students learn how to make Gallo Pinto, a traditional Costa Rican breakfast, in cooking class!

Spanish students learn how to make Gallo Pinto, a traditional Costa Rican breakfast, in cooking class!

What do you need to get around to? Whatever it is, now is the time to make it happen!

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One response to “Getting Around To It: Making Things Happen!

  1. cynthia villagra coronado

    Very nice. Encouraging. I remember the Tuit 🙂

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