x_erikah_x: (annoyed rodney)
So, I'm here sitting around the teacher's room with [livejournal.com profile] re_nan (If you still haven't added him, do it NOW, he is a BIG SGA fan and he's starting to read fanfics) and we are VERY bored. LJ is acting up for him in the computer he is using. Meanwhile, I'm downloading the Torchwood pannel from Comic Con 2011 in the pc he is using, because d/l is faster in a network pc than in a wireless one which makes matters worse. And I just found the Supernatural pannel for d/l as well.

[livejournal.com profile] re_nan is loving SGA. He is the first person I totally converted to the fandom. *proud* He is a bit upset about what was done with Elizabeth Weir. He's watched up to Spoils of War. I also got him into Livejournal (and CityVille in FB).

My current obsession is Torchwood. I have rewatched all of season 2 and I'm in the proccess of rewatching Children of Earth. I still cry every time I watch Exit Wounds and probably will cry my eyes out with Children of Earth. Again. I'm trying to convince [livejournal.com profile] re_nan to watch Torchwood too. As well as Doctor Who. And SG1. Oh, and OMG can you believe HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT STAR TREK WAS!?!?!?! I told him I wouldn't be his friend anymore for as long as it takes for him to correct this BLASPHEMY!

At work we are currently organizing the magazine we are in the proccess of making, having each Advanced student (and volunteers of lower levels) written an article, which I ALONE had to correct and format. I also make the cover and IT'S BRILLIANT. I'll see if I can make an online version available when it is done. I'll have to talk with my coordinator.

My new home is doing well. I can wash, clean or leave it dirty as I please (at the moment it is closer to dirty than anything else, lol).

I guess nothing really surprising has happened to me. Actually the biggest shock I had was the fact that my dad (who is 63 years old) has made a Facebook account and is keeping up with the rest of us. Of course, he used to be a systems analyst in his days.

I guess I have taken enough of my time. At least I was able to make [livejournal.com profile] re_nan update his LJ...
x_erikah_x: (squee!)
Is it been so long? Really? RL has been a bit crazy. I'll start by saying that YES, I am aware that I didn't close the latest round at [livejournal.com profile] sga_lfws. I was made aware a few days ago and I PROMISE I will count those half dozen votes still today. I'd help immensily if some of you guys would drop by and vote. It's just three little fics, and the prompt was to write a five things fic.

Now I'm finally on vacations, starting today. And the first things I did were: (1) buy a LOT of chocolate and (2) order a new camera. Yes, I know, spending money, but I simply could not resist. It was a very good deal. On both cases.

I have plans for vacations. Plans that got me really excited and in a frenzy since Saturday (I went to bed at 3AM doing it XD). I'm making my own EFL student book (in case you don't know, EFL stands for English as a Foreign Language). I don't intend on having it published, but I indend on having it printed and use it with my private students. It's turning out SO PRETTY! Oh I wish I had samples, but I'm doing it in my own computer (which doesn't have internet access) instead of this one which is my brother's. The problem is that my bro's computer doesn't have MS Word 2007 and the layout breaks completely if I open the file in another program. I need to solve this issue because to continue writing it, I'll have to choose between Word 2007 or internet, and internet usually wins. I wonder if I could borrow it from the school I work, it's a computer school after all.

I'm also catching up on Doctor Who because, shame on me I know, I still didn't watch all of the Eccleston episodes, nor all of Tennant's. Next on the list is Aliens of London.

TO DO LIST FOR VACATIONS:

*Eat chocolate
*Work on the EFL book - Beginner level
*Arrange a copy of Office 2007
*Eat chocolate
*Watch lots of Doctor Who
*Take the new camera out for a spin once it arrives
*Eat chocolate
*Play on Livejournal, Facebook, Orkut, MSN and remind people that I still exist
*E-mail uni friends and ask if they want to go out
*Eat chocolate
*Go to the movies
*Not spending money (Which is going to be hard)
*Eat more chocolate

Let's see how successful I will be. Garanteed is the part which talks about eating chocolate. XD

Halloween

Oct. 25th, 2009 10:29 am
x_erikah_x: (Doctor hello)
I promised my students to do a movie section next Saturday. Since it'll be Halloween, they want it to be a horror movie, but I don't know what I should choose.

It has to be something with an easy plot to follow and not too much difficult dialog, since they are all beginners/basic students. I had a few votes going for Supernatural (which surprised me in a good way), but which episodes? They are usually plot and dialog heavy. Is there any with very little dialog? Anyone has any suggestions?

I also thought about DH's A Dog's Breakfast, but I lost the damn DVD with the burned movie, and I don't think I'll have enough time to download again by torrent. This movie would be ideal, because it has very little dialog. The problem is that it isn't anywhere in the city for rent.

I also thought about Cube, but it's too plot heavy for my students, besides there's a little too much blood and some might not like (there was one promising not to come, lol). But there's a copy in the rental near my house.

Last year I showed Whispers from SGA, it's easy enough, but without background it get's a bit boring.

Anyway, if anyone can help with any kind of imput, I'd be forever thankful. It would suck coming to work next Saturday without anything. So, I created a poll. Comments will earn little gonden stars for you. Or maybe little pumpkins as it's Halloween.

[Poll #1476078]
x_erikah_x: (awesome who)
I posted a new teaching worksheet and ideas at my esl comm, [livejournal.com profile] erika_esl_files. It's about teaching the interrogative forms and it includes a song activity.
x_erikah_x: (Thinking)
I made a new comm. It's only for my personal use and will focus on my experiences as a teacher. Anyone is free to watch, but not to join. I made this community because I want to share my teaching experiences and leave them separated from my personal journal. If you want to check it out (please do so), it's [livejournal.com profile] erika_esl_files.
x_erikah_x: (wtf bones)
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As an English teacher, I must say there's a bunch. I sometimes can't remember what the English words are like in Portuguese. My students think I'm weird. I didn't earn English by translation, I learned by ear, so I know the concepts and the meanings, but not their corresponding words in Portuguese. Does that make me weird? I don't know, but there are lots of words that even the most accurate translation isn't enough to describe something. I, for example, can't write fics in Portuguese. I can only express the stories in my head in English. Even when I daydream Atlantis scenarios, I can only do it in English. Now, everyday life keeps changing in my head, and I mix everything up with the first word my brain thinks of, regardless of language. My brain is very confusing if some telepath tries to read it. I have sometimes caught myself saying words in English with other people without knowing, because that's how my brain works and there isn't a switch to turn a language on or off. They are both on at all times.

So it's normal for me to have a thought proccess like this: "Now eu vou have breakfast depois go to school e casa."
x_erikah_x: (TDO)
No one came...

*iz sad*

Stupid Carnival week.
x_erikah_x: (Default)
I found this somewhere in the internet:

Let's face it: English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant or ham in hamburger, neither apple nor pine in pineapple.

English muffins were not invented in England or french fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies, while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that writers write, but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce, and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So, one moose, 2 meese? One index, two indices? Is cheese the plural of choose?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? Park on driveways and drive on parkways?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? How can the weather be hot as hell one day an cold as hell another?

When a house burns up, it burns down. You fill in a form by filling it out and an alarm clock goes off by going on.

When the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible. And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it?
Now I know why I flunked my English. It's not my fault; the silly language doesn't quite know whether it's coming or going.

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May. 25th, 2008 09:12 am
x_erikah_x: (Default)
I was preparing class the other day and got confused. Hoover or vacuum, 'cause I've seen both. Is there any diference I should pay attention when teaching my students?

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