To improve your language skills, there is no better way than having a real conversation with a native speaker. This is exactly what we did in class FW12a one dark and dreary morning. Our guest from sunny California arrived in our classroom via Skype. From a distance of about 10.000 km, Mr. Scott Apostolou delivered an English lesson which we’ll all certainly remember for a long time to come. To introduce himself, he first told us a few things about him as a person and his background. One surprising fact was that as a young student he had nearly died during a German lesson - the reason being that his German teacher believed he was only faking symptoms of appendicitis. He went on to answer our questions which we’d sent in advance by e-mail. Unsurprisingly, one of the main topics was the American presidential campaign and the election result, but he also gave us an insight into life in Silicon Valley. From a Bavarian point of view, that seems to be an expensive but extraordinarily interesting place to live. We were delighted to learn he had taken acting classes with James Franco’s mother, and his daughter had once played with Steve Jobs’s daughter in her backyard. Mr. A. - as he likes to be called (to spare people the challenge of pronouncing his last name) – was kind and funny and answered all of our questions with great patience. We were thrilled to discover that we could understand him without any problems, and we particularly appreciated the fact that he took the time to speak with us and that he had stayed up late despite the time difference. Before we knew it our time was over and we thanked Mr. A. with a huge round of applause for an English lesson none of us will forget in a hurry.