Technologically and linguistically adventurous EFL teacher, trainer, writer and manager

Just because I like the title 🙂

  1. Even though I’ve bought a flat in Bydgoszcz, one day I aim to live in Brno again.
  2. I can bake bread relatively quickly and it tastes good.
  3. Slow cookers are amazing, and you can make delicious soup in them.
  4. My Polish is now good enough to teach a group of beginners.
  5. It’s a magical thing when you suddenly start being able to speak another language without having to think about every word you say.
  6. After a year of 10 minutes of Mandarin a day, it’s kind of possible to hear tones.
  7. My favourite words in Mandarin are currently ‘taxi’ (出租车) because of the three 1st tones, ‘train’ (火车) because it’s a ‘fire goer’, and ‘chocolate’ (巧克力) because of the way it sounds.
  8. Television is a very important part of a British Christmas (I knew it was in our family, but had no idea how much of a cultural thing it was!)
  9. Our flamenco group is now starting to learn how to dance with fans.
  10. More things about Excel than anybody ever needs to know.
  11. The cross on the Maltese flag is The George Cross, not a Maltese cross.
  12. Malta has an incredibly rich history, including prehistoric monuments that are older than Stonehenge.
  13. Loads and loads of films and TV programmes have been recorded in Malta, including the Jerusalem scenes in the Ken Branagh film of Murder on the Orient Express.
  14. I have a lot more books inside me (one of which is hopefully coming soon…)
  15. Weekends are really important for me, and it’s something I need to keep reminding myself of.
  16. IATEFL can change lives.
  17. It’s quite hard to come up with 17 things for a listicle.
Mnajdra temples

Mnajdra temples in Malta

What have you learnt this year?

 

Comments on: "17 things I’ve learnt in 2017" (7)

  1. No 16 and 10 👍🏻👌🏻

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  2. Being a big Game of Thrones, visiting Malta in October was a great pleasure. Funny thing is that I had forgotten that a lot of the first season had been filmed there when I flew out for the 6th ELT Malta Conference. On the Sunday after the conference I went off on a boat with Sarah Mercer to the island of Gozo. What I learned that day, from a tour guide called Elvis, who had all the intonation of a bingo caller, was that the Azure Window, used as a backdrop to the wedding scene in the very first episode, had actually fallen into the sea off Gozo.

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  3. I’ve learned that I have no desire to do any more academic work, ever, after finally finishing my Iris Murdoch research!

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  4. […] really wanted to call this post ’17 things I learned from reading blogs in 2017′ using Sandy Millin’s fantastic idea in this post about her learning in the past year. It appears to be really hard to ‘fit’ into the […]

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  5. Love all of these! But just curious, do you use a breadmaker to bake breads? I have one 😉

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  6. Hana Tichá said:

    If you come to live in Brno, we could see each other regularly at conferences! :-))

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