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Posts tagged “Silly English attempts

Apartment Photos and First Day of Work

Cutie host parents in Sevilla. 🙂

Host parents with Enrique

I thought I’d start including pictures in my posts. The photos above, as captioned, were taken before I left my host family in Sevilla. Aren’t they adorable?

Below, are photos of my new apartment. It’s not glamorous. Just a warning.

My little table, lamp, and "closet." Also note the lovely tapestry that I got at a discount for being a "simpatica chica."

My bed. I could have, for the purpose of this photo, made my bed. However, I was feeling lazy. Forgive me. My sheets are orange and feel like a tablecloth. I don't think they believe in thread counts here.

My bookshelf, adorned with birthday cards!

My dresser and bulletin board

Our balcony. I enjoy sitting out here. Also, note our "dryer."

The view from our balcony. Stunning, isn't it?

So there you are. A visual of my current life.

I started my job last Friday, and I think that I am really going to like it. Every teacher at my school is incredibly nice…my first day was full of besos! They all tell me that my Spanish is awesome, which I know is an utter lie, but it’s still encouraging to hear. I only work Tuesday-Friday in the mornings (it’s a rough life…).

I get the opportunity to work in a bunch of different classes with many different grades, which makes me happy. The youngest class I’m in is pre-school (5 year olds) and I make the rounds in other classes up to 5th grade, as well as teaching some of the professors English.

While my first day was mostly administrative, I did get to work with one class. They were completing activities in their English workbooks. I’m not exactly sure who is writing these books, but its certainly not a native speaker of English.

Allow me to illustrate:

Directions: Unscramble the words to form a question.

Words: class in are you 5 ?

What do you think the correct answer to this would be?

“Are you in class 5?”

“Are you in 5 class?”

“Are you 5 in class?”

Naturally, the teacher asked me, since I’m the English authority, but I was unhelpful considering that the exercise made no sense.

I’m super excited to start preparing lessons and working with the students. This doesn’t even really feel like work!

Now, I’m headed to the fruteria for some fresh produce. Hasta luego!

Besos y abrazos.

p.s.– coming soon…photos of Granada.

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Enjoy This Translation Gem

Today we had a lecture on the Spanish educational system, and the following slide appeared.

How are students depending on their age?

12-13- Organized and childish

13-14- More rebels and talkative

14-15- Their body is no longer of a boy or girl

15-16- Time bombs

We all chuckled pretty hard at this slide. And yes, I am aware that I sound like this to Spanish folk.

Ok, I know it is only one picture, but you’ll need to forgive me because I am having uploading issues.

Pretty view of the street in Sevilla