Hello from Helen
Hi Olfa, hi to all the other bloggers out there too!
I have anticipated this moment for a long time. I applied to be a teacher blogger earlier this year and was planning to start in August but I had to delay due to a little matter of changing jobs, moving country and all that that kind of upheaval entails. A lot of people have mentioned in their first blogs that they are new to blogging and I am no exception!
So, in the good old fashioned way people do, let me introduce myself. I wish I could see you, which would make it easier somehow. I know, let’s start with a virtual handshake, shall we? That’s better. I was born in a big city in the north west of England – Manchester. I haven’t lived there for a long time though as we moved around a lot when I was a kid and as an adult I took myself off to foreign parts just as soon as I could. I’ve lived and worked in a few places including Czech Republic, Greece, Vietnam and India. I am currently living in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka – otherwise known as the teardrop island. Actually, I didn’t know that till my friend referred to it as such when I told her we were going to move here. Quite a charming yet poignant name at the same time, don’t you think?
I moved here very recently with my husband, Pankaj and our 17-month old daughter, Isabel Riya. I’m quite looking forward to her being two so when people ask her age, I don’t have to count the months and I can just say “she’s two”. Have you noticed that – how parents never say their child is one – unless they have just had their first birthday, they always feel the need to state exactly which month after one they are? Is that the case in all cultures I wonder? Anyway, I’m diverting.
What do I do? Well, I have always been involved in teaching or training of some description and now I am doing a combination of teaching and academic management. When I’m not at work, I relax with my family by going for walks on the beach near our house (this is a recent luxury you understand – before this I lived in landlocked Delhi which was miles from any recreational water body) or I read and listen to music. I used to do yoga but since moving I have not established an exercise routine and that is something I really must do – and soon!
At the moment I am in the process of sorting out all our photographs so we can look through them with ease and decide which ones to print. We’ve moved over to digital for the most part but I still miss my manual camera and the anticipation of waiting for a film to be processed. Do you prefer to use digital? Do tell me about your hobbies and interests.
I’m also learning Sinhala and going to classes two mornings a week. It’s an interesting language and there are some similarities with Hindi as they are both Sanskrit based so it feels a little less daunting than when I first started. Are any of you learning a language other than English? If you are let us know and maybe we can all share tips. I’ll talk to you more in another post about how I learn languages and we can share views on how best to make the most of the resources we have at our disposal.
I am at that exciting stage of being in a country I have previously never visited, have read little about and feel as if I am on the precipice of something quite exhilarating. (Not entirely unlike writing a blog for BBC LE!)
I can’t wait to explore more – your country, your life and strengths and weaknesses as a language learner and Sri Lanka. I hope we can make this journey together and tantalize our readers with the tastes of our respective countries. Before I get carried away and wax lyrical any further, here are today’s challenges:
1. Which literary device did I use in the sentence: I hope we can make this journey together and tantalize our readers with the tastes of our respective countries? Simon – the last teacher blogger - talked about the use of metaphor. Well, there’s another device at play here as well. Here’s a clue – I have used the same device in the title of this post, Hello from Helen.
2. How many examples can you identify of chatty expressions or linkers in my post? What is their function?
Let me know and I’ll give you the answers to both challenges in my next blog. Oh! Nearly forgot, the words/expressions in bold might be worth a look as well. I’ll give you definitions/synonyms in my next post. Ideally, try to use them in a sentence in your next post.
Well, that’s it for now. If there’s anything you feel I have missed out of my personal introduction, do let me know and I’ll be happy to fill in the gaps.
Until the next time…
Took myself off to
Feel the need to
Of some description
Establish a routine
At our disposal
On the precipice of
Fill in the gaps
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