International Students, you can`t get away from `em - Take 2. Amazing coincidence this, but we were in Mangai - the restaurant we frequent the most that serves cheap authentic Brazilian cuisine - and we spotted two Brazilians talking to a gringo. It`s fun to hear a British accent and wonder where they are from. We supposed the gentleman talking was from Salisbury, Basingstoke or Little Mousehole. Anyway, next time Rach passed their table with her plate of cheesy rice, dried meat and beans she thought she recognised the Brazilians. A brief conversation later and this is what we found out - the two Brazilians were in York. The male Brazilian was a PhD International Student who attended an event Rachel and I put on in St. Mikes` Belfrey Hall. He and his wife have moved to Natal and the Brit - well he was a Prof from York University. A man called Jim from Computer Science. A quick look on the website reveals it was probably Dr. Jim Woodcock.
Nelson walking. Nelson is galloping around the house, arms outstretched. This changes everything.
Amusing English from my students. I have to be careful what I write here in case any of them check this blog, but here are some quotes from students' written assignments.
"My Mum, she get stressed sometimes, but she got a real pure heart" (It`s perfect English if you`re a grass-chewing cowboy).
"Yes, my friend, all the mistery [sic], romance and polar bears are back" (A review of next week`s LOST episode).
"Don`t worry you are not going to die, because Leonardo di Caprio will give happyness [sic]" (I wasn`t worried before, but now I might well be...)
"You are not understanding? Let one explain better". (One could do with improving one`s grammar although one is impeccably polite).
Skype. The wonders of the internet - we have Skype and a webcam. It`s awesome. Anybody else have Skype?