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How much has beauty got to do with success or fame?

How much has beauty got to do with success or fame?

meri funny facesYou’d think one might consider it a gift, and easy entry… and yet.

Speaking from personal experience, the little that I have, my good looks have always been noticed at the most unflattering times.

After a concert:

Audience member: wow, congratulations, you’re a good..

Musician: Yeah, I know, she’s hot, isn’t she? O.o

Music contest:

Judge: hey you have a wonderful voice, but that dress!

hmmm, thank you?

I know it’s not modest of me to consider myself pretty, if I deny it I’m a hypocrite, if I admit it I’m arrogant or cocky.. but people keep reminding you of it every second, even when you personally are not thinking about “it”, so there you go, you just can’t get any of this right. Seems like you have to proof your worth twice as hard in everything you do, and add to that the “woman” factor.

Yes, being a woman is hard as it is. Everyone seems obliged to tell you that you look great, oh yeah and sing well too. What happened to sincere, honest recognition of a person’s ability to sing and perform? and all those other qualities that go way further than skin deep?The world is not a beauty contest and I would have definitely not come this far had I NOT been good at what I do.

I speak for all those women out there you have to struggle with superficial, at times inappropriate, comments that diminish who we truly are, by people who think they are paying us a tribute.

What else comes with it?

…envy, distrust, plain hatred, jealousy, competitiveness, back-stabbing and fake smiling…

But don’t worry, you look fabulous anyway!

Who cares for all that other stuff.

(sarcasm)

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CELTA COURSE in Seville and UPDATE!

Hello everyone,

I know I suck at being constant.
In any case I’ve finally made my mind up about the Celta course which I’m going to attend in Seville, Spain! This should really open up new career paths for me and I’m so eager to begin.

It’s taken me a year to save up and I feel like I’m doing something for myself after having spent a lot of time and energy in achieving my main goal. Have you had the “Celta experience”?… and can you tell me a little about it?

I’m staying with my uncle and cousins during the four week course so I’m overly excited since I get to bond with all the family (something that I never got to do at a younger age), better late than never I guess.
I know that Spain won’t be so great in August, mainly because of the HEAT, but I’m sure at the end of it all I’ll be glad to be a certified teacher!

This couple of months has been so hectic. I’ve literally been everywhere in the northern part of Italy, auditioning for singing contests, running 10 km marathons, meeting new people, working out and working!
I’m really motivated, I want to improve in everything I do professionally and as a hobby. I’m quite lucky that I can somehow manage to do everything without getting overly stressed but at times it can get overwhelming I have to admit.

Am I going too far with all this? Some people seem to think so, including my parents, but I guess overdoing things is not that too bad when you try to keep the quality of the things you do up to standard and stay concentrated.

I’ll have to post about my 10km marathon in Milan as well, 2nd year in a row! and MAN what a RACE… read all about it!

English books for Italian students

Hello readers,

Sorry I’ve been absent for some weeks but I wasn’t feeling inspired enough to write anything interesting for you so I took some time off.

I’ve also been quite moody because no matter how hard and often I train lately my cheat meals get the best of me and I have guilty feelings even when I shouldn’t have. Does that ever happen to you? Friday and Saturday I ate too many carbs, but overall I had 3 sessions at the gym this week and ran 5 km on Wednesday and 10 km today. That makes 5 days out of 7 of sports! Don’t know whether to feel proud or worried that I messed up my meal plans so much.

Anyway, let’s forget about the random feelings I have about my training sessions and eating habits. On a more serious note I would like to talk to you about my teaching:

Last week I went to Feltrinelli book store to get some new material for my students. I think this is a very interesting and useful way to teach English to students. What worries me is that sometimes they don’t find this activity efficient enough, whereas personally I think it’s the best instrument to perfect vocabulary, comprehension and learn some expressions they too might use during conversation.

I’ve been using two books mainly: The Fisherman and his soul and Sherlock Holmes and the Red Circle, the later is more interesting for my students as they find it more entertaining to try and solve the mysteries. The activities in the book are quite fun too, I must say. This is a “Step 1” book but since it contains the audio CD I find it is better for my intermediate students to do listening activities rather than just read. So you  can choose how to face the matter with each student depending on their level. Later during the comprehension tasks if they haven’t understood a particular word or phrase it tends to pop up anyway after some time and I send them back to read the text and find it and then listen again to the audio tape in order to remember it better the next time it is used.

What’s great about these books is that vocabulary tends to be repeated throughout and students start to understand the meaning of words from context. While doing the listening again I sometimes mime the words or point them out when they are difficult to catch.

Amazingly enough younger students are actually better at these activities; for example it is  more than enough for me to translate a sentence into Italian for my 10 year old student for her to understand the meaning the second time round. It’s just incredible how the little ones don’t need any explanations or grammar, they just take what you say for granted and learn faster.  I wish my older students had the same trust and enthusiasm!

What books do you use to teach or learn English?

Let me know if you have any suggestions for me and I’ll get back to you.

Thank you all for reading!

WM

Introducing me…

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Hi everyone, I’m a 27 year old armenian girl teaching English in northern Italy. If that’s not confusing enough I’ve lived in many different countries during my childhood years due to my father’s job.

My parents decided to move country every year or so causing a loss of identity in me at a very young age. I have now decided that I’m a world Citizen, my spirit of adaptation is as quick as ever, and I’m proud to say I’m very open to accepting other cultures different from my own as long as there’s a peaceful approach on the other side.

I’ve been teaching English in Parma for about 3 years now, I enjoy this job because I get to meet very interesting and funny people of all ages. I often have fun teaching but I’m sure you’ll find my “harder” days even funnier to read. I hope this will become a blog other teachers will enjoy reading or simply a reference point for new ideas or just for a laugh. I’d also appreciate comments and feedback from colleagues all over the world, or links to other blogs similar to mine.

Other than English I’m also a singer and love performing anywhere I get the chance too. I’m sure I’ll mention my gigs in some of the posts here and who knows, maybe give you a link to my videos online on youtube 🙂 that is if you are kind and nice to me!

One thing you must know about this writer is that she has many interests, and it doesn’t stop at music, my primary interest. Another of my favourite things to do is RUN!  I started running less than a year ago and I’ve become an addict! I run at least three times a week and go to the gym at least twice a week (when not on Holiday), otherwise I just run.

I love my hectic lifestyle even though I can get a little moody when my days are too tough, nobody’s perfect.

Enjoy, relax and keep me posted on what you’d like to know about me, advice you’d like to get on teaching, motivation (any type), running, music.., you name it!

Happy Holidays to all!

WM