Monthly Archives: February 2011

Language Class on How to Buy a Bus Ticket

I think you should visit Thailand. This weekend we rode a songtauw two rows: meaning a bus that has two rows of seats facing each other and which also accommodates another row of people hanging onto a ceiling pole between … Continue reading

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… but I was too late ,,,

Yesterday I washed clothes, and happened to look up at the window of my room. Pigeons were building a nest on the window sill. Oh, no, says I. No you don’t. I don’t know much, but I know pigeons make … Continue reading

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About Insect Bites

If a person gets a half dozen new bites a day (conservative estimate based on personal experience these first weeks), for two years, that’ll be over 4,000 bites in two years. There’s no malaria in the parts of Thailand where … Continue reading

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How to write about our Thai classrooms?

Physically, the classroom of our practicum is on the second floor of a three-story high school building, with an outdoor staircase and outdoor corridor on the shady side of a single row of classrooms. The classroom has two doors, front … Continue reading

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Minutia in the Morning

At about 5 am my body tells me I’ve had enough sleep and I wake up. Sometimes I just think for a while, and sometimes I sit up, reach for the computer and begin to write a lesson plan or … Continue reading

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There’s So Much I Haven’t Told You: Three Weeks in the Rear-view Mirror

How can I capture the first there weeks of Peace Corps language and culture training in Thailand? First, the pace is break-neck, yet somehow we are getting through the curriculum. We have learned hundreds of Thai words and dozens of … Continue reading

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