Monthly Archives: August 2013

Flying home

Sunday started well. I had plenty of time to pack and clean the flat. After some creative shoving, the matryoshka dolls and bottles of vodka all fit and I didn’t end up having to make the choice between bringing vodka … Continue reading

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Do svidaniya

My last days in Russia have flown by. Our course ended on Friday. Every course must be externally assessed and we had our assessor come on the Thursday and Friday of the course. I’ve written about experiences with assessors before … Continue reading

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Brown Showers and Feathery Mornings

I need to stop treating Russian as some weird variant of Polish. My Polish is far from great, but after three years there, I had a large vocabulary and good listening comprehension skills. So now when someone tells me something … Continue reading

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The TEFLers

This week, I met the “native-speaker-in-residence” at the school where I’m working in Rostov-on-Don. He is a tall, broad-shouldered and very tanned man, who says he is from both Australia and New Zealand (I’m not certain what that means). I … Continue reading

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Connor vs Paratroopers

In what I presume is a leftover from communism, Eastern Europe has lots of very specific workers’ holidays. In Poland, Teachers’ Day meant presents from students and a day off. Miners’ Day was a major holiday in mining areas and … Continue reading

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