Tuesday, July 17, 2007

English For Specific Purposes

So I was just at one of my classes, the Russian branch of some American computer company. I have a twice-weekly conversation lesson with whichever of their programmers happen to want to attend. They dislike grammar and book activities, so we just converse about various topics; they all speak English fairly well already. (Naturally, or they wouldn't be working for this company.)

Today a new guy came into class; he told me that he wasn't on the register, because he was only visiting Samara for a month.

"I'm currently working for the company on a two-year contract in Denver, Colorado," he explained.

I asked him why, living in America, he would feel the need to brush up on his English while visiting Russia.

"Well, there are so many Russians over there I don't get much chance to speak English," he explained.


In other news, the Drunk Guy finally got well and completely sacked. (Go back to the "heavy lies the crown" post comments to see the controversy.)


Anonymous said...

Quiet in here huh?

Boring stories = no comments!

English Teacher X said...

Yeah, except for one. . .

Douchebag. . .

Anonymous said...

Yeah but I have an excuse......I am very, VERY, VERY bored (and lonely)

Be my friend?

Anonymous said...

Let me turn this post upside down and ask you how good is your Russian?

I know some expats working for the big firms in Moscow who can't even say "dobrey utra."

English Teacher X said...

My Russian is pretty crappy, but I can get by. It's useful for talking to girls, but I think that knowing a language fluently would take a lot of the fun out of living abroad -- all the mystery would be gone. I mean, if I wanted to understand what every idiot was saying, I could have stayed in America. (That's a punchline to one of my cartoons, I know -- http://www.skateforfun.com/