Hometown: Greeneville, TN
January 24, 2010
I spent a school year in Austria. Went to study to learn German. Need practice with native speakers. Ich habe ein Schuljahr in Oesterreich verbracht. Bin dorthin gegangen, um Deutsch zu lernen. Brauche Uebung mit denen die Deutsch als 1st lang haben.
Also I suggest that we take suggestions for what people want to talk about or specific problems from their experiences. I'm okay with the meetups being formally structured or informal conversation practice. I'll roll with the vibe either way, but the important thing is to begin.
We can more formally plan by e-mail, skype, or phone. Let me know what you're thinking.
Sure we can manage once a month. How long are you thinking for the meetups? I was thinking maybe two hours or so. Let's talk about a hypothetical first meeting. What topic would you be presenting and how would you present it? I'm thinking we'll have a very small group and any information could be presented directly on a laptop screen.
Some of my ideas for what I would talk about would be either phonology, morphology, or a brief account of the history and development of modern English.
Do you mean for the ELL group? I'm ok with that. What do you have in mind?
I would very much like to meet you as well, Jeanne. Although at this point it's unlikely we'll have a meeting anytime soon.
Hey Jeanne. Have you been to any of the meetings for the Eatable Weed walks and Plant Classes? I think it sounds interesting. Perhaps a bit strange, but still very interesting.
In a publishing house you could be an editor - if you have a thing for journalism and aren't worried about the seemingly inevitable death of printed press.
But come to think of it, there are always a lot of speech pathologist jobs if you want to specialize in helping people with speech problems. If you have any ideas beyond that, then you let me know.
When I was in college, I spoke a couple of times with a man who worked as a foreign diplomat in the State Department. The job came with good pay, stability, and all the free language training you could want; however, it also required living in a different country every two or three years. The real deal breaker for me was when he said that despite however you may personally feel about a matter you have to do "whatever is in the best interest of America."
Yeap, that pretty much sums it up. There was a lot of hostility in Estonia, after it gained it's independence it became very apparent that Russians weren't welcome there, even those who had no choice in the matter, meaning they were born and raised there by their Russian parents, like me. It was hard, to live in the country where you feel that you don't belong and that you don't feel is your true home, because of nation's grievances. Sad, but it's just the way it is.
Yes! Laurie is my little sister. Do you know her from work or church?