Tag Archives: TEFL

The Big 3-6

Yup, I’m no longer a 35-year-old spinster, but a 36-year-old one (who’s been ‘horny too long time’, if you believe the hype). My birthday was yesterday but as Tuesday is kind of a crap day to celebrate, I decided to … Continue reading

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Of mice and me

The other day, I learned a new word in Latvian – līķūdens – which translates into English as corpsewater. I was sitting on my sofa, minding my own business, when my phone rang and my rather merry Latvian friend started … Continue reading

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A brush with a Latvian

Well, well, well. Here we are at the 100th post on Expat Eye. Who would have thought that the Latvians and Latvia could be so damn (unintentionally) entertaining? Not me, that’s for sure. Anyway, I thought that for the 100th … Continue reading

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Thinking of moving to Riga?

Ah Riga – the ‘Paris of the North’, the ‘Jewel of the Baltics’, and recently voted ‘Europe’s prettiest city’ in a survey by USA Today. Right now, you’re sitting in your cosy pad in the US, the UK, or wherever, a … Continue reading

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You had me at ‘Hello’

If you do come to Latvia, chances are you’ll meet a few Latvians. And, if you’re really lucky/unlucky (delete as appropriate), you might even get to know some of them. One day, you might bump into the same Latvian twice. … Continue reading

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Listen carefully. I’m only going to say this one million times.

In a bid to expand my Latvian language skills beyond murder, weapons and ‘Order! Order in the court!’, I’ve been watching ‘Two and a Half Men’ with subtitles. I was pretty pleased with myself for picking up a couple of phrases … Continue reading

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Heaven is a place where…

This week, I had a very amusing lesson with my Latvian students. No, really. Any EFL teachers out there who use the New English File series are probably familiar with this one – ‘National Stereotypes: Truth or Myth’. It’s one … Continue reading

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Back in the Baltics, baby!

I’ve finally left England and have returned to the Baltic area of the world – and strangely, I couldn’t be happier about it. I thought about going back to Ireland for a few days after summer school but that would … Continue reading

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The long road ahead

This morning, I tested the new Japanese group that I’m going to have for my last couple of weeks here at the summer school. After I’d collected the papers, I asked one student: Me: How was the test? Him: Blank … Continue reading

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Is nowhere sacred?

Having played stairs roulette for two weeks in an attempt to break Hypochondriac Girl’s spirit (or legs), I realised that I was getting nowhere fast. Or rather, I was getting out of breath fast, but she just seemed to be getting faster … Continue reading

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