4th September 2008 (1st blog entry)
I'm sorry for being late!
I got a surprise visit from an old friend of mine and his wife. Entertaining my guests seemed more important than blogging at that time.
But I'm all set and ready now.
Maybe I should start with introducing myself. I'm male (obvious), 39 and from Germany. At school I hated English and was one of the worse students. I really started to learn English while travelling and working abroad. I lived three years in Canada and a half year in Scotland. I consider myself a fluent English speaker. But my handicap is my written English. After obtaining my MA in Psychology I applied for doctoral studies at the Fraser University in Vancouver. For doing so, I had to send in an essay. Writing this essay was very hard for me and I finally decided to give up my plans to continue my studies in Canada. I continue to teach psychology at the same university I graduated from. But I was not happy in doing so.
Years later I found myself working for an organisation which tries to help people in long time unemployment to re-enter the job market. There were many Russian speaking Germans (there are more than 3 million Russian speaking Germans living in Germany). I realised that their lack of language proficiency was the main barrier to find employment. So I started to teach German to those Russian speaking Germans. I loved that very much!
I decided that I want to go abroad to teach German or English (if possible). But for doing that I needed some kind of qualification. I applied for a four week CELT (Certificate of English Language Teaching) in Ireland and got accepted. I'm very excited because that course is going to start next Monday.
I tried to improve my written English during the last four months but I'm afraid it is still not very good.
Simone - please help me to "polish up" my writing skills, so I can become a language teacher in Japan.
Well - so much to my introduction!
Since a blog is a kind of diary, I'm going to tell you now what's going on in my daily life. First things first: The fair (Volksfest) is in town!
For most people this is great news. But not for me!
I live right on the edge to the fairground which means I hear the loud music from the fair and the noise of the drives (those machines which are suppose to entertain people) all night.
I made some pictures from my balcony:
And the same at night:
Yesterday I "braved" myself to join the crowd (if you can't beat them - join them!):
To escape all this turmoil, I decided to go camping about one mile down the river:
At a very exclusive and hidden place:
Well - I hope my blog entry was a little bit entertaining and I'm looking forward to your reply!
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