My wonderful Englishtown: Thank you for sharing
by Klaus Gehling
Basheer, Ye, Quincey, Klaus, Marta, Edgar, Luigi.
Lisa: “Good morning, nice to have you in class. I come from Cape Town, SA, and I like going to the beach, reading books and shopping. Please raise your hands, if you can hear me. Quincey, please…(incomprehensible = i.p.)
Quincey: Teacher, can you hear me? (He is sitting obviously with his family, a child is crying and a dog is barking).
Lisa: Please, Ouincey, refresh you classroom. So students, please introduce yourself. Where do you come from? What do you do in your free time and why do you want to learn English?
Basheer: “I come from Saudi Arabia. Thank you. (The classmates can hear a Muezzin)”.
Lisa:” Nice introduction!”
Edgar:” I come from Brazil. I´m a software engineer and I like soccer.
Klaus:” But you lost to Germany! I come from Germany and I´m a forester. I like hunting und soccer. I need English for travelling.”
Lisa:” Yes, Germany is a champion. Thank you for sharing.”
Marta:” I come from Russia, I´m a teacher and I like traveling, but it’s too expensive for me, we have big classes and only a few teachers.
Luigi:” (very slow) I´m a pensioner and I live in Florence. You are very nice, Lisa, could I have a private lesson? You voice is so smooth.
Lisa:” Well…, yes, here is my email. Go ahead Quincey.”
Quincy: “Can you hear me… (i.p.)?”
Edgar:” I don`t hear my classmates.”
Lisa:” Yes. Marta, please mute your mic while you not talking. Go ahead Quincey.”
“I come from China and I´m a software engineer. In my spare time I`m keen on soaps and shopping.”
Lisa:” Thank you for sharing. I love soaps too.”
Ye: ”I´m from King Kong, (i.p.)…I´m at the university. In my free time, I ….(i.p), thank you.”
Lisa:” Wonderful introduction. To our topic. Question: Does the word “humiliated” express a feeling or an action. Liugi?”
Luigi:” An action Lisa. You are a wonderful teacher, could we have our private lesson tomorrow, 11.00 a.m.?” You are the best teacher I ever had.”
Lisa:” Excellent job, Luigi, let us talk after the lesson. Humiliated does express a feeling. Well done!”
Lisa:” Marta, …i.p…” The connection is broken.
After 4 Minutes…
Edgar:” Lisa has left the classroom?”
Luigi:” No! Where is Lisa?”
Klaus: Let`s wait.”
After 20 Minutes…
Lisa:” Sorry, we had connection problems. Unfortunately we are running out of time, so I must leave the slides. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for participation. Please give me five stars. It was a wonderful class. Good bye!”
Quincey: Can you hear me?”
Luigi (shouting):” Lisa!”
How do you go to Citygate from SZ?
Yesterday I went to HK for shopping. I want to go to Citygate. First I took the metro to Futian port. Then I went to Yuen Long by bus B1, get off on Youxin street, went straight about 200m, then turned right, acrossed traffic lights, turn left onto Tongxin street, walked ahead about 100m, saw a bus station, I wen to Citygate by bus E34b，took about 50 minutes. I enjoy shopping at Citygate. Because It’s outlets. It’s cheaper than SZ. I bought a sweater, two pairs of pants, two pieces of T-shirts, a vest and dress at Esprit store. It costs HK$771. May be 70% or 80% off. How’s pleasant for shopping!
My favorite weather is fall. The fall is very romantic season. Leaves turn yellow and red, then fall. I like red leaves in fall. I can make a book lable with red leaves, it's really beautiful and meaningful. When the fall comes, I like walk along street with my lover, I enjoy happy time. In fall, the wind is very gentle, looks like hands of lover. I feel comfortable. I love fall, but I hate winter. It's very cold and wet in winter. I dislike this weather. I just stay at home whole day, can't go out. I like spring too. It's sunny and warm. It's colorful. In summer, I want to go to beach every day, enjoy the bright sunshine and cool sea wind.
It's so interesting to be a freelancer, but too difficult to manage your work and your life. You must be the boss, the accountant, the subordinate, the promouter, the sales manager at the same time. Wow, it's great, but may be to be an employee in a big company is a best choice?
My favourite football player is Didier Drogba. I think he is perfect. He has a good coordination, excellent kick and phenomenal flexibility movements. His key attributes are physical strenghts, ability in the air and his unusual high speed. He is a great footballer and I'm very sorry he left Chelsea.
I'd like to be a Chief Operating Officer. It's a very interesting and important position. COO manages to all process in the company, in his responsibility there are all organizational and finance results. He responds in the effectiveness and profitability of the company. He has to have a good experience, leader's quality and high potential in business. I think it's a work of my dreams.
I had my bad vacation in 2002 in Yalta in Crimea. I've ever wanted to visit this place, because I read a lot of wonderful books about Yalta, watched nice films and heard attractive topics about that place. But we didn't lucky in this trip. The weather was bad - it was windy, rainy and cloudy. The hotel was awful - dirty, uncomfortable, with old ugly design. Also we had a car park view in our room. The food was very strange. Different dishes had a similar taste and smell. But the service was worst, it was terrible everywhere - in the hotel, in restaurants, on the beach. We were very happy to leave this place.
I read the artical about people who love cats or dogs. The auther says that these two type of people has different personal qualities. Cats people are more introversion and calm, they love to stay at home, read, cook, do puzzles. Dods people are extraversion, they have a lot of friends, they are ougoing and love to go to the parties. I think it's true only as a theory, because many people have a cat and a dog, and I saw some peole with dogs who were very shy and quiet.
We bought a fire screen, but we don't have a fireplace in our flat. Why do we need this thing? It's funny, but we use the fire screen as a board between the room and the balcony. Our cat likes to run into the balcony. He also likes to jump and to hunt birds and insects. We afraid that he could jump down from the balcony, but it's dangerous, because we live on the fourth floor. So we have the new fire screen and could to have our balcony opened without nervousness about the cat.
Tasha Tudor was a very unusual woman. She lived in America in 20 th -beginning of 21th century, but she lived as she was in Victorian era.
Tasha weared long srirts, Victorian blouses. She prepared her own soap, baked bread, made cheese and butter and did all things for daily life. She had four children and reard them alone, because this life was difficult for her husband and they divorced. She needed the money, so she wrote the tail stores, painted the pictures and published the books of recipies of Victorian dishes. As a result, her children inherited two million dollars.
Tasha Tudor had a long happy life. I think it's a fabulous example of slow life style, which is so attractive in current life.
I like summer, it's a very pleasant season. I remember the words from the one song "Summer is a small life" and I agree with these words. The days are so long, we have a lot of time for the job and for the rest. The nights are warm and romantic, they are full of sweet smells, quiet sounds and special mood - lover and tender. It's pitty, that the summer in Russia runs too fast. But we can wait for the next summer.
I think the compliments are different in various cultures. For example, American may say to coworker "It's a fabulous suit. Was it expensive?", but Russian never ask this question. It's a taboo topic to ask about the cost of clothes in Russia. It's impolitely and improperly. You can ask about the cost of the car, the house or the redecorating a flat, but not about the clothes. It possible for close friends only.
My cat is an amazing pet! He is so cute, playful and funny. He loves hunting and he does it all day long. He also likes sightseeing in our flat, so we can find him in boxes, shelves, cupboards. He is very attractive, he has a short but soft fur and big round orange eyes. His ears are small and twisted. I think he is the most beautiful cat in the world :)
I like designer clothes. I prefer official suits by Paul Smith. It seems as he sews his things special for me. They suits and fits me. I love nice lining of his clothes, it has unusual gorgeous colours. For my casual days I buy clothes by young designers. They make crazy things with different strange elements and it's lovely.
I had a vacation in a gorgeous place last summer. This place called Castle Combe and it avowed as the most beautiful village of England. I agree with this estimation. This is a very small village which was built in 15 century, quiet and relaxing. I'd like to live in such place in my old life.
Baggy jeans is a mystery for me. I've never seen a person who looks great in that jeans' model. All people look untidy and silly in them, but all fashion magazines write about "boyfriend's jeans" as a very trendy and smart clothes. I think it's a criminal conspiracy of the designers.
I think procrastination is a very harmful habit. You can't do anything, because you think you could do it whenever later. But you wait, wait and wait. The big piece of your life is finished, but you did nothing. At the end of your life you could be poor, sick and alone because you didn't have wish enough to change this situation.
Visa and Master Card left the Russia. I think about the consequences of this decision for my usual life. I won't to pay with card in the Internet, in the shops. I will have the big problems with my journey abroad. It's not a good decision and I'm very upset about it.
Today is the first really hot day in this year. The temperature is about 30 degrees Celsius, the sun shines, the sky is blue without any clouds. There are a lot of dandelions between the grass on the grass-plots. The smell of lilac is around you in the downtown. That is the first summer day in the end of the spring.
Meryl Streep is a great actress! She can to be different in playing of variouse characters, but she is gorgeous in all of them. It seems me a genious. She is never try to be good-looking, but she is always perfect. She may be clown, queen, girl-next-door, whomever you likes, but she will be beautiful, intelligence and she will be herself.