{27 Dresses} Dress 7: Checking Out Some Books

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I will be honest with you, library is one of my favorite places to go to! It’s relaxing and inspiring for me at the same time! So I don’t think I am going to surprise you if I tell you that I dress up to go to the library! Well I dress up to go almost anywhere, even work 😉 and that’s how this project started!

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All the books are safely tucked into the Zabar’s bag that I’ve had since my New York days. And if you are interested in what I am reading now, here is my list:

Paulo Coelho – Manuscript Found in Accra

Paulo Coelho – The Winner Stands Alone

Gary Shteyngart – Super Sad True Love Story

Victor Pelevin – T

I am also reading Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

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Have a great day everyone!

Xo,

Z

По-русски: Все уже, наверное, знают, что я обожаю библиотеку и хожу туда как на праздник! Ну и не удивительно, что я специально нарядилась для подобного случая. Я могу провести в библиотеке весь день, я так релаксирую и расслабляюсь, ну и нахожу своеобразный источник вдохновения. Если вам интересно, что я читаю, то вот список:

Пауло Коэльо – Манускрипт, найденный в Акко

Пауло Коэльо – Победитель остается один

Виктор Пелевин – Т

Гари Штейнгарт – Super Sad True Love Story

И на моем Nook я читаю “Игра Эндера”

Читали ли вы что-то из вышеперечисленного? Мне будет очень интересно ваше мнение!

Женя

 

2013 Resolutions / Новогодние Решения

Happy New Year!

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We survived 2012! Can you believe it? With all the crazy Mayan predictions, elections, wars, floods, The New iPad, iPad Mini…

Back when I was in 10th grade I made a list of resolutions that included something like “Getting no C’s on my report card”, “Reading more books”, “Going to the US”… I clearly new what I wanted even in my teens, and I was so compelled by the whole “Resolutions” concept, that I decided to sign it with blood! Thank God I didn’t get an infection, but I am sure the list itself is buried somewhere in the depths of my closet in Russia! And that small blood stain is probably still on it! Gross, I know!

Now with mushroom soup cooking on the stove, I thought it would be appropriate to share my resolutions with you! And even though those are blog related, they can always be translated into everyday life.

1. Stay Focused: It’s so easy to get distracted nowadays, and the biggest distractions on my list are my phone and social media. I am going to try and limit myself from using those. I even get distracted when I blog. I can be half-way through a post, then get side tracked by Twitter, then check my stats on my Facebook page, and well what do you know, it’s been an hour, and the original post isn’t finished yet!

2. Quality over quantity: Over the past couple of years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve been trying to be a part of “Post a Day” that WordPress challenges it’s writers to do. Well, I think I am done with that now! I’d rather give you one or two great posts a week, with good quality pictures and descriptions, than post 7 times a week about some nonsense that no one is interested in, including myself!

3. Give more: This year I want to share and give. Giving chances, giving gifts, giving a hand… I have been thinking about how blessed I am a lot lately. I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve it, and I, by no means, want to jinx it, but I have a lot, and the more I have, the more I want to give. That will include more giveaways for you, more opportunities for you, just more for everyone else, who is not me!

4. Be Bilingual: I really want to work on making this blog a place where you can come and learn something new in Russian, or in English, or something new in general. I got to put all that Russian I know to good use! And maybe it won’t be a word for word translation, it will be something! Something bigger and better for the blog I hope!

And there you have it! Happy New Year! What resolutions are you making this year?

Cheers!

Z

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С Новым Годом! 

Мы выжили 2012 год! Даже не верится! Со всеми этими предсказаниями Майя, выборами, войнами, потопами, Новым iPad, iPad Mini…

Когда я училась в 10 классе, я составила список “Резолюций” в который входило следующее: Закончит 10 класс без Троек, Читать больше книг, Поехать в США… В общем даже в свои 15 лет я знала, чего хочу! И из-за такого большого ажиатажа и торжественности всех этих обещаний я решила, что подписать этот список нужно именно кровью! Слава Богу я не заработала себе никакого заражения! Ну и я уверенна, что этот список до сих пор валяется в глубинах моего шкафа, где-то в России! Ну и кровавое пятно скорее всего еще на нем! Фу! Гадость!

Ну а теперь, пока готовится на плите грибной суп, я подумала, почему бы не поделиться с вами моими резолюциями на этот год! И не смотря на то, что большинство из них касаются этого блога, мы всегда сможем перенести некотрые из них на нашу личную жизнь.

  1. Не отвлекайся: В сегодняшнем мире очень легко сбиться с курса, и больше всего меня сбивают мой телефон и социальные сети. Я постараюсь ограничить их использование. Я отвлекаюсь даже когда пишу в этот блог. Могу написать половину поста, вдруг отвлечься на Твиттер, потом решу проверить статус своей страницы на Фэйсбуке, и О,нет! прошел уже час, а пост так и не дописан!
  2. Качество, а  не количество: За последние пару лет, что я пишу блог на этой платформе, я старалась писать 1 пост в день! У WordPress есть такое понятие как “Один пост в день”, это что-то типа тэга и многие этим увлекаются. Я поняла, что пора с этим завязывать! Лучше я напишу 1-2 хороших поста в неделю, с отличными фотографиями и описанием, чем буду писать о всякой ерунде, о которой никто не захочет читать!
  3. Отдавать: В этом году я хочу делиться и отдавать. Давать шансы, дарить подарки, помогать. В последнее время я все чаще думаю о том, какая чудесная у меня жизнь. Не знаю чем я это заслужила, и не хочу ничего сглазить, но у меня есть очень многое, и чем больше я получаю, тем больше хочу отдавать! Это подразумевает больше конкурсов для вас, больше возможностей, просто больше для других, а не для себя!
  4. На двух языках: Я хочу, чтобы этот блог стал маленьким кусочком Интернета, куда вы можете обратиться, чтобы узнать/выучить что-то новое по-русски или по-английски.Не зря же я знаю русский язык! И скорее всего посты не будут слово в слово одинаковыми на двух языках, лучше так, чем никак вообще! Это будет что-то большее и лучшее для моего блога!

 

Ну вот и все! Поздравляю всех еще раз с 2013 годом! Какие резолюции сделали вы?

 

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Being an ESL Teacher (FYIs, OMGs, and WTFs? of this job)

So last night I announced on Twitter that I was going to blog about something, I’ve never blogged about before, and that’s my job!

I’ve been an on-line ESL teacher for almost a year now. I never got a degree in Language Teaching. All I have is an online certificate that took me 1 month to get. And viola, I am a Language Instructor! How cool is that!

Then I sent my resume to two on-line schools. I guess they were becoming big in Russia at that time. A director from one got right back to me. I was hired on the spot. Over Skype! Who does that? That school also asked me to do some translation for the web-site, and they used my picture for a banner! So, yes, I am famous, in some parallel Universe, that counts, right? That school had me listed as British! Oh, I can be anything, just pay me! They also made me get a new Skype SN (screen-name), which I didn’t like, but did it anyways. So there I was using imo.im and my original Skype account, in order not to miss any messages from anyone important… As if there was anyone important out there. I honestly felt like I was Language Learning Headquarters Central! Whatever that is… That school also had a ton of on-line managers, who made it a habit of contacting me all at once. At least my typing skills improved! But honestly – a pain in the ass! I even didn’t show up for one of my classes, because I had to go to Brooklyn to get my hair done!

A couple days later I had a Skype interview with another school, that also hired me on the spot! That director didn’t even bother to turn her webcam on. God knows what she really looks like! That school was less popular, but I liked their system much better, I got my own email account that I use specifically for my students. I have an online account, where I track all my classes and students, where I create my schedule, and record my salary. Pretty nifty I should say. I also got hooked up with a gazillion useful books, resources, and links, in addition to the ones I’ve already had.

I worked at both schools for a while, and then I quit the first one! All these managers really got to me!

Among my students I had – a crazy stalker, who googled me, checked out all my social networking profiles that weren’t private, and quit after our 3rd lesson. His own method of learning the language was – ummm, Storytelling! I learned way more about him that I ever wanted to.

My other student was a translator wannabe! How cool is that! Translation is so exciting, especially when you don’t speak Russian on a daily basis, and never read the news. I absolutely loved the guy! We would spend two hours a day translating articles from Russian newspapers. This guy didn’t need an ESL teacher, he needed a shrink.

And the last one I want to tell you about is my Smoke Break guy. “Maybe a short break?” was his usual phrase. I was preparing him for TOEFL, and honestly, he started pissing me off by the end. But when Celtics were playing Lakers last summer I kept my TV on during the lesson!

Now, I don’t teach any of these students anymore, if you recognize any of them as your students, well God bless!

Don’t take this as a negative post, this is me making this world a better place to live with a bit of sarcasm!

PS. What inspired me (the correct phrasing should be – what forced me) to write this post was one of my student’s parents. I’ve been teaching their son for the past 3 months (I don’t even remember how long) and they contact me only now? To tell me what they want me to teach him? The boy had various ESL tutors over the past 2 years, what have they taught him? Nada! So now it’s my job, for 8 bucks an hour! How fantastic!