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Guenters weekend

Posted by guenter1960 on November 23, 2008

First of all it was a wonderful weekend. Why?

On Friday afternoon after school I went to the Stan Sheriff Center. Once again my Hawaiian friends invited me to a volleyball match. It was the WAC Volleyball Tournament. The Rainbow Wahines played against Idaho. The match was very close and at the end The Wahines won after 3 sets.

On Saturday I was invited to the festival “In-House-Bridge of Friendship”. The festival was organized by  Shinnyo-en  which is a Japanese-based Buddhist sect, where I’m be a member already. The festival included two videos and different speeches. At the end of the festival there was a complementary lunch for all visitors.

On Sunday morning I attended the Shinnyo-en service at the temple. After the service my friends invited me again to a volleyball game. It was the final between New Mexico and Rainbow Wahines. It was a very exciting match. More than 5000 visitors shouted for the Wahines. During the game I got very hungry. I decided to buy some food in the arena. It was for me the first time that I tried garlic fries. I can tell you it’s delicious. Anyway, the Rainbow Wahines won the match in 3 to 1 sets and got the cup. With standing ovations the visitors celebrated the winners.


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Predictive Text Video- Funny

Posted by Josh on November 23, 2008

Hello guys! This is Josh; I miss you all! But every once and awhile I come upon something I just have to share with you. This is a funny video on cell phone predictive text. Enjoy!

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In Class Blog Assignment 11/19

Posted by gvjohnwhosurfs on November 19, 2008

Good morning, class.  Yesterday, we started working on making complaints and responding to them.  In this 20 minutes writing exercise, I would like you write a dialogue between the following two people:

Mrs. A is the manager at a company

Mr. B is a staff member who works for Mrs. A

It is now 9:30, and Mr. B has just walked into the office.   The scheduled work start time for all employees is 8:30.  This is the third time Mr. B has been late in 2 months.   Decide if this is a serious situation and design your conversation appropriately. 





After you have finished your conversation, please write a brief reflection on your ideas about being on time.  Is it important to you?  to people in your country?  why/why not?

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This is the English School I Worked for in China! So Funny!`

Posted by Josh on November 14, 2008

More Bondage for English First

In early 2007 English First (an English training school) was running this ad in Shanghai:

English teacher, or...?

What kind of message is that sending?

Apparently they later decided that they needed to make sure that the foreign teacher in the ad was more mature (and perhaps had better eyesight), and that the teachers they pimped provided equal bondage opportunities for both sexes. These are the ads they’re running now:



Conclusion: English First is a company with a progressive attitude towards advertising, based on the firm principles of purple backgrounds and bondage.


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Por Las Chicanas

Posted by Josh on November 14, 2008

Is this true?


Via a comment by vacapinta in this AskMetaFilter thread (well worth reading in its own right), I found Yuri’s blog Effective Swearing in D.F. (“Towards a Manual of Communication for English Speakers visiting Mexico City”), a continuing examination of how chilangos (inhabitants of Mexico City) have fun with their marvelously expressive variety of Spanish. Here, pretty much at random, is the post “Johny, Miguel, Tiburcio…”:

Chilangos like to avoid lame, merely descriptive sentences. Every time they can they throw some colorful term to surprise and amuse the listener. Instead of using boring pronouns as yo, tú, mi, ti, Chilangos use Johny, tunas, Miguel, Tiburcio. The substitutions are immaterial in terms of meaning. They are purely ornamental. Here are some examples:yo (I) => Johny
tu (You) => tunas
mi (me) => Miguel
ti (you) => tinieblas, tiburcio, tiburón
acá (here) => Acámbaro, Michoacán
pa’llá (contraction of para allá, over there) => payaso

He gives examples like “¿Quién se chupó mi Viña Real?” [Who drank my wine cooler?] “Johny” [I did], and “¡Hazte payaso!” [Move over!, lit. ‘Become a clown!’]. And this post not only describes the difference between nacos and fresas, it provides a hilarious video showing the two stereotypes talking with exaggerated stereotypicality. May a thousand such blogs bloom! Posted by languagehat at November 15, 2008 10:03 AM

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For Kysa

Posted by Josh on November 14, 2008

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Things Swiss…

Posted by Josh on November 14, 2008

What makes me so proud is that none of my Swiss students sounds as “Swiss” as this woman!

Guenter! The German against Swiss German! It’s on!

The American “Heidi” Shirely Temple!

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Posted by Josh on November 14, 2008

Answered by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray,


The Ashram where I studied is too small these days to accept new applicants — and generally speaking they only have resources for teaching their long-term students. But there are many other wonderful resources out there for beginning meditators. If you’re interested in travel to India, the most useful book is calledFrom Here to Nirvana – the Yoga Journal Guide to Spiritual Travel in India,which is a comprehensive review of dozens of spiritual outlets across India, written with practicality, humor and honesty. Also keep in mind what my mom told me once when I said, “Someday I’d like to get a boat and sail around the world!” She replied, “Why don’t you start by going sailing for an afternoon, and see if you like it?” Moving to India is a big step. Try a weekend meditation retreat first, just to see if you respond to it. Or begin a meditation practice at home. I would recommend the books of Pema Chodren and Jack Kornfield (who are both Buddhists) as excellent places to begin. Christian meditation is a centuries-old tradition, and there are now some excellent teachers and tapes out there on the topic.


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Guenters story using present tense

Posted by guenter1960 on November 12, 2008

My dear friend, I have a exciting story for you! This story begins which happened to me last week.  Imagine this, I’m walkinged very slowly through Waikiki when .  And suddenly I seeaw 3 nice Japanese women coming from out the Aapple Sstore. One women woreais wearing a beautiful nice dress and hasd long brownain hair. Suddenly the women with the nice dress she says to me, o“Oh can you help us to find Moose’s bar“?. And respond to her,, o “Of course! Iit’s on my way. Cme with me.” So I’m walking with the 3 women in direction totoward Moose’s ba and as we r. During the walk weI have a very interesting conversation with the 3 Japanese women’s. We were discussing about the culture in Japan.  When we arrived at the bar, one of the women asks,says to me. Oh would you like to come with us in the bar?.Of course,” I admitted. In the bar we are dancing and talking and drinking for more than 3 hours.  The time is passinged very fast. At the end the women with the nice dress said to meFinally the woman in the beautiful dress ask if I would. Oh would you walk them to theibring us to our hotel. Of course I woulddid. So we lare leaveing the bar, singing during theand walk and having so much fun together as we walk. When we arrive atd the hotel, they invited me up to their room for a coffee. in  their room. While As we drinkdrinking coffee we are discussing about the difference between Japanese women and German women.

The end of the story I’ll tell you later.I’ll tell you the end later….

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Posted by joegre on November 12, 2008

When I was younger, I used to do skiing. It’s quite normal in Switzerland to do that. I just take my skis or my snowboard and go to the mountains. As far as I remember, there’s always snow in the mountains in wintertime. So it’s just natural to go there. I get on my skis, chatch the ski lift and enjoy the downhill part. Of course, sometimes it’s pretty cold there. You have to get on with that.

I remember that I was always lucky when we had a lunchtime break. It’s a pleasure to warm up with a warm meal. I like this moments of calm before the storms when you sit in the restaurant and try to recover before you go out again. — Well, when looking back the food seems to be better then he really was. But that’s an other story.

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Posted by schlumpf84 on November 12, 2008

Yesterday after school me and my friends went to the beach. Walking along the promenade and looking for the other girls lying somewhere, a boy asks if we want to play volleyball and join in their competition. We are relaxing on the beach, talking and taking a nap. After a while some of my friends and me decide to play and I’m trying my best to reach every ball. It’s not really working, because the sun shines into my face and I can’t really see the ball coming. I feel sorry about my mistakes and hope that the other player don’t avoid to flank the ball to me. After a few minutes I’m getting into the game and enjoy playing. Running and sweating in the sun is reasoning that I take a break and go swimming in the sea.  I note that I’m not fit anymore…. but I’m not wondering, after one month just eating and no exercise, I can’t anticipate something different. Hopefully I can play again and get my shape back in a few days or weeks ?!

I’m hungry now, so what should I eat? Me and a friend want to eat spaghetti with vegetables and tomato sauce, so we cook a big portion each and had a nice cold beer. I like this day, it is warm sunny and relaxing…

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Posted by ninsl on November 12, 2008

I’m sitting outside the residence and then a lot of people came by. I didn’t know them. Because I’m still arriving after my three-week trip through the USA. The new people looked at me while I’m introducing myself. I don’t like that, everybody is starring at you. I didn’t feel comfortable in that situation. It was strange.  Then they introduced themselves. I’m smiling all the time, because it was funny to listen to them. Everybody has his own vernaculare. They telling me stories about the school and how it was for them on their first day at the residence. They were very friendly and after 30 minutes I felt like sitting outside with my friends. On the next day i had to go to school. While doing the test the teacher looked at us that we couldn’t cheat. Like they did it in our school in Switzerland. But I never cheated in any test. While smoking a cigarette outside the school a saw all the people from my residence. I talked to them again. And then I’m walking to the beach, when a nice man crossed the street.

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Posted by ramyleo on November 12, 2008

I’m walking to the beach with friends when we decided to take an other way this time. Usually we walk along the main street but that day we wanted to know if there’s a shorter possibility to get there . So we are walking through the lobby of a famous hotel. When we are passing the shops in it we saw a few flamingos, penguins and small turtles. We are looking at these beautiful animals and went further. The way was not that long as all the times before. Maybe it’s just because of the new things we saw maybe our feeling is fooling us and we just believed to get our destination earlier. We are not looking to the watch so we still don’t know if the way was shorter or not.

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Big Island

Posted by schlumpf84 on November 10, 2008

Last week went to Big Island. The decision to go there happened last Wednesday while Ramona and Mirsade were talking about this trip. Spontaneously  Franzi and me joint in and had a wonderful weekend! On Monday we woke up early  in the morning, like 3am and while Franzi was taking a shower I read a few pages about Big Island. The flight took just 50 minutes and was on time. We rent a car for three days and started our trip in Hilo at the airport. We drove down the west coast and visited the Vulcano national park and saw the last active vulcane. Wesaw dust coming out of the creator and I was so exited before we went there, that it was a kind of disappointment for me. I thought you/ll see something spectacular….but it was worth to see! That’s impressing to see how huge a creator can get and for how long it keeps beeing active…

On fridaynight we drove back from Hilo to the south place where the lava hits the sea! That was great! We set on the cold black lava at a viewing point and just staring at the glowing lava flewing into the sea…I really enjoyed that moment when nobody talked and you’re just sitting there watching and try to fix this moment in your head to remember later….


And there are lots of storys from this weekend…

All in one:

It was brilliant!

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Guenter’s weekend

Posted by guenter1960 on November 10, 2008

The last weekend I was twice at the temple. On Saturday I had Okocha, what means helping the people who were visiting  the service. So I had for example to help if somebody needed a earphone.  After the service we were cleaning the temple, moving the chairs or cleaning the carpet.  It was really a pleasure for me, especially to help the older people.

On Sunday I was visiting the service and enjoyed the festival which started after the service. At the festival there was a delicious lunch included and after the lunch we could hear a nice music. While I was participating the festival I had the possibility to talk with different Hawaiian citizens.

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