Friday, August 31, 2007

Seaweed & Soju - the end of the first week...

Today was not extremely easy for me. Anyone who says that teaching English in a foreign country is a piece of cake is on something - and I want the name of that drug!!

The language barrier is worse than I thought. I called my brother in South African today and he said to me.... "You don't have to speak to me like I'm retarded, you know..." Well, it's just that for the entire week, I've not spoken proper English to anyone.

It was one of the Grade 5 teacher's last day at school today and I had to take her class the period after she left. I certainly wasn't prepared for what happened when I stepped into the class. There were about 10 children sobbing their hearts away because their homeroom teacher left. It took me about 10 minutes to calm them down, and I went to each crying soul to give them a little hug....

I planned my lesson for Monday with Mrs Lee - what a mission!! We were both getting frustrated that we couldn't understand each other, but after an hour we reached a mutual consensus. Then I attended the 6th grade teachers (informal) meeting... there was pizza and coke but as tempting as it looked or smelled, i had to decline as it was meaty...

Then Viola & her co-teacher came through to my area to see me... Viola & I found the city area where I live and ventured out a bit..to Pizza Hut, tried some soju and walked around exploring..

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