English as a Second Language/tackle

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Hi Shannon.

In the last sentence, tackle is a little unclear to me.
Can you help me to understand it?

Once I got that, I realized I didn't really have to be there. The sooner you can tackle life, the better.

Answer
Tackle is a move in American football where a player from the opposing team tries to push a player to the ground in order to gain control of the ball.   Therefore, this expression can be used to talk about starting to take control of a difficult situation (in this case life -- "It is better to try and take control of your life now instead of later."

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Shannon Cole

Expertise

I can answer questions related to learning the English and Spanish language.

Experience

I have taught ESL and Spanish since 1998 at the university and middle school levels. I am a native of the U.S., and have taught in both the U.S. and Mexico.

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I am owner and operator of www.coleinstitute.com, an online language school.

Publications
Georgia TESOL in Action (1999)

Education/Credentials
B.A. in Spanish; M.Ed. in Language Education

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I have clients worldwide, some who want their documents proofread, and others who take lessons with me through the Internet. Some work at high-profile companies and government organizations. Besides the U.S. and Mexico, my recent students come from South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, Colombia, Russia, Italy, Paraguay, China, Japan, the Philippines, and Saudi Arabia.

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