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Tutoring English

I have officially sat with my neighbor’s daughter twice to teach her English.  She is very determined and has already learned how to pronounce the alphabet correctly in English.  She has a French accent which is normal.  But, she works hard to pronounce the words like I do. 

She is starting to sound American!

For today’s lesson we started with numbers.  It isn’t easy because my children are in the apartment with me.  Vilay is at work during the lessons.  We do the lessons on Wednesdays because school is only for half the day. 

The kids aren’t accustomed to sharing Mama.  No matter.  My pupil is great with my kids and they have even helped me a few times by pronouncing a word in English.  I think it is good for her to hear others pronouncing the same word rather than hearing me all the time. 

While working through the numbers one through ten Sweet Bear was happy to count along.  It made it so much more fun for all of us.  Sweet Bear was so proud that she could count to ten in English for someone. 

I am tutoring my pupil for free.  It is important to give to others in life.  So, I am doing it for this reason.  She is happy to learn and it makes me happy to make her happy.  I haven’t had the opportunity to give to others on this level much in my life.  So, it feels good.

However, I want to work.  So, I went to the commune to ask about teaching English as a self-employed person.  I am not allowed to work without getting permission first.  I have a number to call and will be doing that soon.  I don’t want to get in any trouble with Swiss authorities.  That is for sure!

On a side note:  I did laundry this morning.  I found out the man across the hall from us never does laundry.  He pays to have it washed and ironed.  From now on I have another day to get those laundry emergencies taken care of.  I had a couple rough weeks as an expat.  Little things like an extra laundry day go a long way in fighting off the expat blues. 

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  • expatraveler September 12, 2007, 7:53 pm

    I think it’s absolutely insane you have to do laundry all in one day. Having said that, we only do laundry on one day also.. LOL We do this also because it’s too crowded at any other time and we know we can do laundry just then.

    I’ve taught English and feel the same way, it is a pleasure.

  • expatraveler September 12, 2007, 7:54 pm

    p.s. I do hope things get easier…

  • Pumpkin September 13, 2007, 10:26 am

    Thanks, expatraveler. I know it will over time. I am getting broken into life in a new country. It is always a little hard the first year.

  • IndieMama September 13, 2007, 11:04 am

    ah…those expat blues can be tough!

    glad you got an extra day for laundry, though! And love the new (?) banner!

  • Pumpkin September 13, 2007, 11:49 am

    IndieMama,
    I just started having them this past month with the past two weeks being the hardest. It is a lot of little things that will pass. Mostly, it is just a feeling of not belonging.

    However, I understand that the longer I stay here I will feel more a part of it all. In France, it was easier since my husband and children are French. Here we are all expats.

  • Pumpkin September 13, 2007, 11:51 am

    Oh…and the banner is new! :)

    I recently took a photo of the view I have from under ‘my tree’ where I like to sit when my kids are outside playing. It is like a painting there no matter what the weather is. We have the same view from our bedrooms in our apartment. People pay hotels to have a view like ours.

  • letigre May 1, 2008, 8:14 pm

    I don’t mean to pry, but I don’t understand..you are married to a Frenchman and have French children..yet you don’t have the right to work?

  • Pumpkin May 1, 2008, 8:52 pm

    On my Permit B it is stated that I must declare when I begin working so I checked with the commune in our village who refered me to someone else.

    I am legally able to work. However, it must be announced to someone somewhere. :)

    It has nothing to do with having French children…only my French husband counts in regard to my being able to live and work in Switzerland.

    It is stated like this on my Permit B.

    “La prise d’une activité lucrative doit étre annoncée.”

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