Old lady Weckerly, my blind english teacher in high school, is spinning in her grave right about now.
I”m helping a young lady practice her english so she can teach in a bi-lingual kindergarten.
Yes, there is teaching involved. As in… she points to a picture in the workbook and says “canoa” and I say “gutter.”
We’re probably at the same level with our second languages. Shown a picture and seeing the word, we can come up with our second-language translation. But point to the picture and ask us to come up with the word unaided, we get stumped.
Hmmm, wonder how you say “I’m stumped” in Spanish.
And did you ever try to explain “porch” or “balcony” or “shutters” or “storm door” in a country where these are unknown? Probably the same could be said trying to explain to somebody living in a 4 floor walk up in Queens I guess.
I do like the fact that the Spanish speakers have some many words for life stages, each with a masculine or feminine version. And I’m gonna put my take on the age range, somebody correct me if I’m way off…
bebe – unisex
nino (a) – children from toddler to 5 years old
muchacho (a) – ages 5 – 10
chico (a) – ages 10-16
senorita – only female ages 16-30 (always error on the side of caution)
Saturday evening, our house cleaner, Maricela showed up at the gate and handed me a neatly folded, hand printed note shown above. (Note the trimmed edge using Pinking shears – which Nancy had a fit about because “you should never cut paper with Pinking shears, it makes them dull…”
I read it while they looked on and confirmed my understanding that there was a meeting for all the users of water from the Guacimo tank. It was to be Sunday morning at 9 am at the salon next to the church in Guacimo.
In a nutshell, Maricela said “new tank, more money…”
Hernan and Rafael are the water guys for Guacimo. When something needs to be done, either Hernan or Rafael (or both) get it done – usually do it themselves.
We noticed they had been working hard in the area around the water tank that supplies the area. Aside from giving the tank a fresh coat of paint, they put up a chain link fence with barbed wire on top to make it more secure.
I’ll gladly pay extra for that.
Especially when they sent such a fancy notice of “reunion.”
Bill Gates has resumed his prickery as he rejoins Microsoft in a leadership role. He killed XP – a 12-year-old operating system that was working just fine on my old Dusty Dell Desktop.
I’m reminded of the line from The Help…
You is conned.
You is smut
You is impotent.
Yeah, the way I remember it isn’t exactly true to the movie… but it’s appropriate for the Death of XP.
You is conned…
My old Dell is working peachy. It’s spent time in Kentucky. It’s spent time on a freight truck moving to Savannah Georgia. It’s spent time at sea rocking back and forth in a shipping container to Costa Rica. I didn’t think it would last, so I bought a new back-up computer with… wait for it… Windows VISTA!!!
You is smut…
(no, not that kind… Corn smut is a plant disease caused by the pathogenic fungus – not to dissimilar to Windows)
But because Bill Gates says so. I will disconnect it from the innerwebs soon. The risk of getting a disease on the innerwebs from using an outdated operating system will explode after April 8. Just think of all those bad guys with their pockets full of viruses they will unleash as soon as Microsoft abandons us.
criminals may have been stashing away exploits to use once Microsoft has departed the scene, leaving the OS open to unpublished lines of attack, according to Gartner Research vice-president and research director Michael Silver.
You is impotent…
It’s hopeless. I thought I could leave my trusty XP up and running and just be extra vigilant in doing stuff on the web. Nope… even with ALL the security measures you can muster, the bad guys can get to my computer and take over as long as I am connected to the internet. The computer doesn’t even have to be turned on, but if the cable is hooked up, the bad guys can get me. Impotent.
So I am upgrading the Vista machine to Windows 7 and when that is done (IF it is done) I will disconnect the Dusty Dell. Perfectly good machine that just runs and runs and runs. Until Bill Gates says “nope, no longer.”