Hi guys, I own a school of English in Nikolaev and regularly employ native speakers to "teach" at my school. They are not teachers at all and their task is to be talkative, interesting and good fun for students. All they need is to have good communication skills and follow real teacher’s instructions to activate students' speaking abilities. Some of them go professionals, do a teachers-training course, receive a certificate and teach more professionally. Most of them just enjoy communication and living in Ukraine. It brings them joy, some income (some of the teachers can earn $1000 a month in big cities, but not so much in smaller city), structure for their days and the best chance to penetrate into Ukrainian culture and understand Ukrainian people (especially women). So what I've noticed is most of them are happily married or just live together with Ukrainian women without any assistance from agencies or whatever. I've had more than a dozen of native speakers; only two of them didn't find a life partner from Ukraine. I also know a lot of guys who worked or are working for other schools, all of them are in successful relationships. Isn't it the best way to find a Ukrainian woman?
Then you are implying if I date someone on the west coast, then I should just move over to the other side and transplant myself so I would immerse myself in the life of my date? Get to know life is like on the west side. Yes, it would probably improve my chances with the ladies on the other side, but from a budget standpoint, it would be a foolish move. But hey, love conquers all?
My neighbour's 6 y/o youngest daughter is to begin school and education in Australia, more light-heartedly than anything else I'm teaching her that a "porkie" is a slang for a lie, that a flashlight is actually a torch in English (Australia) etc. etc. etc.
So if to teach "English" then need to do it properly perhaps!
Rick: “Why? sounds like the perfect plan actually ;)”
I kinda thought it would need further explanation.
A guy spends years and countless thousands of dollars finding a woman in Ukraine, then he should deliver her into the hands of English teachers, that are going to spend more time hitting on them,,, than teaching them????
@ eastern european brethren
Which type of English is being taught in your area , city , region , oblast, country?
According to a school book I saw while in Ukraine, noticed that an university in Poltava is teaching British English; even though, they don't get the British accent, unless ( blank )... That's how I found out that flat = apartment in America...LOL
But on Chisinau, I heard this 5 yrs reciting the ABC in American English.
By the way... All peace corps personnel had left Ukraine since February. Return dates are pending till their safety is guarantee.
Armin: “I think the guy who wrote that needs some medical help.”
Any foreign guy that would take his girl to a school, that has teachers doing their own search would need medical help!
Anyone that would take a job, just to improve his chances of finding a mate, sounds like a pretty determined guy.
I’ve watched foreign guys work on FSU girls at hotels, restaurant, stores, etc, etc,,,, their behavior is comical and disturbing at the same time.
You said it yourself!
Armin: “Isn't it the best way to find a Ukrainian woman?”
How can you expect guys to bring their girlfriends or fiancée’s into a meat/meet market? The boyfriends get to pay for the teachers opportunity, to meet their girlfriends?? Really?
Are you going to label the girls,,, “available” and “not available”?
It would be like leaving an open box of cookies in a room full of hungry kids!
The point I’m trying to make is really kind of moot anyway,,, almost everyone here knows of Nikolaev’s reputation, and wouldn’t be looking there in the first place. And no girl is going to travel between cities for classes.
Guys wanting to go there and teach,,, fine,,, but don’t expect the rest of us to pay for it.
kaiserdag Most of the schools are based on Oxford or Cambridge programmes of teaching. Few of them have author's methodology, some mix different trends in teaching. Many of the schools tend to have a native-speaking teacher to activate their English and to help overcome language barrier. Anyway the base is British English which is not so much different from American, Canadian or Australian in grammar. We teach students British pronunciation first, but then show the difference with the other ways of pronouncing. And also we show such differences as "centre" and "center", "subway" and "underground".
My oldest daughter did the Cambridge certification for teaching English.
In the village boarding school they will still not allow English classes to be taught.
We do have a private English school now for 2 years which stays full.
I need to learn Ukrainian as it is more and more common with conflict now and nationalism.
Probably not, but I can see the difference between English and whatever crap the American nation utter :)
travelled = traveled
edited = edited
Even more confusing that some spellings are the same yet some different, how could one of these students complete even a letter, a CV/resume, a job application in one language if they had been tutored in the other language?
They probably wouldn't even be invited for an interview for being illiterate!
Thank you Martin, I know about that:) What I mean is in all English speaking countries it is usual to add -s- for the third person singular in the Present Simple. As well as many other grammar rules that are common for English language worldwide.