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.