Teaching English

Language of Anomie

Different to have to struggle so hard for each sentence.  It is extremely good for me to have that and speaking other languages gives a sense of anonymity which I crave… Prague gives me the anonymity I once sought, but like most other affectations, I didn’t like it so much once I got there. To be anonymous is like being invisible or conditionally ignored.  To be seen as an object, a foreign concept that is both alluring and insidious at…

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American gypsy

The following class we picked up with the Indians at Thanksgiving theme.  Marcel was most attentive.  Asking me to describe Indians, the class was eager to have first hand information from a real Indian. I had done a great deal of thinking and preparation for this class trying to articulate the most accurate symbolism I could find, yet I had little understanding of the European hatred of the Roma people within their own society. Now, if I was to make…

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Nové Město to Vinohrady

Somehow while I was gone it became autumn here.  Enchantment settles upon me again as I sit at a café on the way to Unicorn.  Nusle doesn’t have that many cafes but I chose this Italian one, because I miss Calabria already. I jumped back into my teaching as if no time had passed.  I only have a few minutes, here, but it seems long right now. The past two days have thrown my whole being out of whack.  Gone…

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Teacher lessons

I had a bean and lentil polenka soup.  It was really good, I added garlic, one clove and some leftover spinack I didn’t want to throw out.  I am feeling very full and think I might have to go out for another run if I have any hope of doing yoga tonight.  I should do laundry but am trying to decide between spending the 80 crown on the machine or just sequestering myself in the bathroom for awhile and putting…

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TEFL course Letter home

Finally, I’m done with this English teaching course and have enough time to catch up a little.   Paris was fantastic.  I fell in love with it.  Prague was like waking up inside a fairy tale movie.  I’ve just moved from the schools flat on Zborovska to my own place near the Charles bridge. Now, already June, the full aromatic flavor of this dream is unfolding. I was really busy this past month.  Lots of studying and the hardest part was planning a…

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