18 04 2012

Things are a bit busy this week, as my 2-day long, 9-to-5 seminar begins today. It has been a lot to prepare, so I’m glad to finally get down to business!

Posting will be a little slower this week. After my seminars, I still have my regularly scheduled evening classes, meaning I will work 22 hours these two days. Whew!

Tobias is in Zürich until Friday, so between all this work and him being gone, I will sure be glad when this weekend is here and we can relax together!

Good news, though: our wedding invitations have been sent, and some people have even RSVP’d already! American friends, you’ll probably get yours sometime Saturday or next Monday!


Sweet endings

20 03 2012

This morning I had my last class with a company I’ve taught for just over a year. I was surprised to see that one of the students had baked a cake as a thank-you.

What a lovely thing to do! Thank you guys!


16 01 2012

Today I actually got to use French for my job, as I had to go to a company to give a placement test for some prospective French students. As a teacher at a school that has only English in the title, I never expected to be asked someday to teach in another language.

As nervous as I was, I am now also a little excited, which I realized I haven’t felt that way about French in a long time! My French is certainly good enough, and I do have a degree in it after all. So it’s pretty exciting to be able to use my degree, and a challenge to teach French in German to a group of beginners.

And while we’re on the subject of speaking and communication, here is a video I found on Swiss-Miss (great design blog, by the way!) entitled “Every Presentation Ever: Communication FAIL”.  Pure genius. Seriously!

Ever been to (or given?!?) a presentation like that? Brings back memories of college…


It’s business time

11 02 2011

No, not the kind of business time they talk about in that Flight of the Conchords song. The song just got stuck in my head when I was thinking about naming this post, and somehow it seemed to fit with what I wanted to tell you about: my new watch.

My old watch broke, and I’ve found that it’s extremely necessary to wear one at work because I can’t always rely on peeking at students’ watches to make sure we end on time – because not every student wears a watch, and those who do don’t often sit close enough to me for me to tell. Plus, I imagine it’s pretty obvious if I’m sitting there craning my neck to stare at their wrists, don’t you think?

I’m also not very comfortable using my iPod touch or my cell phone to check the time. That just feels rude, like I’m reading text messages instead of looking at the time. So a wristwatch is definitely the way to go, and I needed a new one.

While shopping the other day at a very cheap discount store called Woolsworth (don’t judge – some things have lots of potential, especially as craft supplies!), I found a watch that has a kind of cute face and I liked it enough, so I bought it for 12€. The price was right. I do want to get a nicer watch sometime, but this one will do just fine until I find one I really like. It’s at least better than my old one, which was several links too big anyway and thus slid up and down and around my arm constantly and was pretty annoying. This one has a [fake] leather band, so it stays put.

But on Wednesday, my first student arrived and I told him that I had bought myself a new watch – because last time I didn’t have one. He looked at it and said, “Oh, but it’s not very trendy.” I was like…gee, thanks. Okay, so it’s definitely a cheap watch, and sure, maybe it’s not really all that trendy, but it made me laugh, the way he described it. I’ll chalk it up to English not being his first language.

It’s maybe not so trendy, but I like it. The big, girly-looking 12 and 6 did me in. 🙂




Ice ice baby

31 01 2011

Yeah, you know me – I couldn’t resist that reference.  I have an uncanny ability to turn most everything into a song.

This picture was actually taken sometime around New Year’s, or possibly before.  Back when things were quite frozen around here.  The river was frozen over for quite a while, and then when it started to warm up a little, they broke into chunks.  It was really beautiful – like nature’s own work of modern art.  And somehow the image fits with the feeling of the last day of the first month of the year.

T. and I just had the craziest past week and a half.  He was on a photo shoot (two of them back-to-back, actually) and then played cello in a concert and then did a test shoot yesterday.  My week was also crazy with teaching, but this week should be a little less packed, even though there are some new things on the schedule now.  It was rough for both of us.  And even though there’s a lot to do tomorrow and the next days, I have a feeling we’ll have a little more room to breathe.

Here’s hoping you all can breathe easy this week, too.


Finally the weekend

30 10 2010

This week was one of the worst.  Nothing extremely horrible, so I shouldn’t really complain, but it was just one little thing (and a few bigger things) after the next, and I really couldn’t wait for this week to be over.  Thanks to some encouragement from my best friends and from my guy, I made it through, and now it’s finally the weekend.

This was two weeks ago, when the leaves had just started to fall.  They’re going fast – it’s been windy and there are far fewer leaves now than before.  It’s pretty, though.  I’m about to head back over that direction to the church where Tobi’s exhibition will be, to set everything up.  It’s tonight at 7, and I hope a lot of people come!

Wishing you all a very nice, relaxing autumn weekend.  And happy Halloween, for those of you who get to celebrate it this year!  Be safe out there!

Are any of you going to any fabulous Halloween parties?  What’s your costume?


What’s that letter?

26 10 2010

Last week, in one of my favorite classes on Wednesday, we had a nice group of 4 people there. It was such a better dynamic than the last few weeks, when it was only 1 or 2 people. Not that that’s bad to only have 1 or 2 people, but there are so many more things you can do in a larger group!

It’s a lower-level class (A1-A2) and so I just do very basic things with them. They need a lot of practice with the basics.

Spelling words out loud in English, for example.

Two of the ladies asked me, “How do you say ‘V’?” In German it sounds something like “faow”, which is very different than our “vee”. And their W is “vay” which often gets confused with the English V.

Side note: So VW is faow-vay, but we say vee-double-yoo in English.  That’s quite a difference!

I told them, “Vee.” And they repeated it: “Wee.”

Me: “Vee.”

Them: “Wee.”

Me: “No, VEE”.

Them: “WEE.”

And with that, I decided to save my energy for other battles. Although if I had written “we” on the board and asked them to pronounce it, I can guarantee you that they would have said, in typical German fashion, “Vee.”

Did I mention I love teaching English?



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