Wednesday, March 30

A selection of my favourite love songs

I got a little bit mellow yesterday. I guess I could call it "spring effect."
I remembered all of the romantic songs I never get tired of. :)

My ABSOLUTE favourite.
If I EVER get married this is going to be my first dance song.

"I've been away to long and every day I missed you more.
You look like you did before, only prettier. Every day I love you more."

STARS: My favourite book

"You are the anchor that holds me.
And that is why we'll always make it.
How I know your face, all the ways you move, you come in,
I can read you You're my favourite book."

... and not so happy ones:

"This is the way that we love, like it's forever.
Then live the rest of our lives, but not together."

You all remember your first love, right? :)

"This love has dried up and stayed behind,
and if I stay I'll be a lie
then choke on words I'd always hide.
Excuse me first love, but we're through.
I need to taste a kiss from someone new.
Forgive me first love, but I'm too tired ..."

And the classic: Originally by Bee Gees, but I love this version because of its softness.

"Cause we're living in the world of fools breaking us down
when they all should let us be.
We belong to you and me."

Spread the love :)

Tuesday, March 22

My Calvary

Teaching practice finished on Friday. It was a lot of work, but it was also a lot of fun. Teaching teenagers from 15 to 19 is sooo much fun! They have so much to say - interesting opinions but also a lot of stupid comments, of course. Anyway, interesting!

Now I'm back to school and back to work. I have some papers to finish and some exams to study and prepare for. The weather is so much nicer now, so I decided to go outside and use it well. Today I went to the Calvary hill.

There's a story behind it. When I finished secondary school I was very excited to go away to school. I thought it would be so much fun, meeting new people, going to parties, going to school every now and then ... :) And I promised myself I'd explore Maribor very well! One of the first musts was the Calvary hill hike.

Unfortunately things didn't turn out that way. I came to Maribor, I didn't know anyone and although I'm a very sociable person I found it very hard to make new friends. I started to dislike Maribor very much and every week was just a countdown - 4 days till I go home. Of course I didn't care much about exploring the town any more.

I decided to change that, since it's my last semester here, so I went to the Calvary hill today! There are 405 steps leading to the top of the hill. I soon started to understand why it's called Calvary. Jesus suffered when he was crucified there, but I suffered for my sins too, except mine were mostly shaped like sandwiches, muffins and pizzas.

The wiev from the top was rewarding. You can see the whole town, the Drava river, the Pohorje ski slopes (where Golden Fox competition takes place) and the agriculture school's estate - vineyards, orchards, fields ...

And back down:

So I made a little change today. And I'm not really alone here any more either. Last year I made some real friends and today we'll party like never before. :))

Wednesday, March 2

Teaching practice next week yay! :)

Next week I start my teaching practice - this time in secondary school. That means I will have to deal with crazy teenagers from age 15 to 19. Crazy, I tell you! :)

Imagine an average student and imagine me as a teacher: I'm 160 cm / 5.2 foot tall, I wear glasses and the most important thing of all - braces! I look like I'm 16! I'm sure someone will say: "Hey, you, what are you doing up there? The teacher is coming!" My first step to avoid that is getting some proper adult clothing and footwear. We'll see hot that goes. :)

Anyway, I have already finished writing my Slovene literature lesson plans. This year I'll be dealing with "the greatest Slovenian poet" - France PreŇ°eren. One of his poems became our national anthem later, I have to cover that one too.

I started looking for some useful web pages for English as a foreign language. I have already added One Stop English and BBC Learning English to my bookmarks. I have to tell you, those Acronyms can be quite confusing. EFL, ELD, TEFL, whatever! The point is I'm a non-English person, who is trying to teach some non-English students English. Clear? :)

Their professor assigned me two topics: Migrations & immigrants and describing a town/city/place. That shouldn't be too hard, but the third thing I have to teach them is the famous reported speech, which is quite difficult for Slovene students because we have no back-shifting of the tenses in our language.

Now here's a question for you: