Back to Life, back to Reality

English

Hello everybody! After turning into a true swine, I have now returned to human form.

bacons_revengeI’m still alive and kicking but today something very disturbing happened. As you may recall from my previous post, the Irish will soon have to pay for their water and they are none too happy about this! Well, I’m annoyed by the fact that the water has a metallic taste. When I first drank tap water over here, I noticed the strange taste but I didn’t think too much about it. After a while, I got used to the taste and now I don’t even notice it anymore. But a few days ago I did a little research about Irish water taxes and the Irish water supply system in general. I was quite shocked, as I found information about lead contamination, bacteria and diseases and a certain amount of chemicals that the government puts into the water to keep it “clean”. I was doing my research with a full glass in my hand, filled with a poisonous substance. I could feel the lead starting to contaminate my blood and the chemicals eating away at my stomach….

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I’m just joking of course, I don’t take this type of information very seriously and I will continue to drink tap water as I did it the last three months. I’m still alive, am I not? But the fact remains that Irish water is not very healthy. You don’t believe me? Let me google it for you:

Click on me!

water bottles_shutterstock_77875327_300Even if the water has a metallic taste and hasn’t the same quality as the water in Switzerland, it’s still drinkable. Just imagine how many water bottles I would have to buy, if I couldn’t drink the tap water here. So, I just hope it doesn’t kill me too quickly, as I want to survive the exchange year. Up to now, the Irish couldn’t really complain too much about the quality of the water because at least it was free. But now that they have to start paying for it, hopefully the quality will soon improve.

sleepyreading_LargeI had three tests today! Three tests! Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not the first time that we have three test on the same day, but usually we get a couple of days advance notice. Our biology teacher told us last week that we have a biology test today, so I had plenty of time to study for it. But our chemistry teacher only just told us yesterday. And I wasn’t even in class, instead I was listening to a famous speaker in another room (more about this in a future post….). So I only heard about the test from my friends. The test is about chapter 5 which is probably the biggest chapter in the whole book. In fact, it’s so big that it could be it’s own book! I studied until midnight yesterday and in the morning as I woke up I continued studying. I even studied in the school bus but it was tough because there were a bunch of first-graders shouting and screaming, so I couldn’t concentrate. Where is the respect for the senior students? Just kidding….

The third test was a French exam but I didn’t really have to study for that. Always remember that the one-eyed man is the king among blind people!

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Fact is, that I’m absolutely exhausted at the moment due to a lack of sleep. If only the Christmas holiday would start sooner!

During yesterday’s chemistry and PE class I was in a room with a famous speaker. It was extremely inspiring. More about that in my next blog post! Keep reading….

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The Countdown Game

English Version 

tumblr_inline_ml7qkatDe31qz4rgpHave you ever heard an Irish teacher speak French? It’s quite an experience since they tend to have a bit of a strong accent. I know that I have an accent as well when speaking French or English but it’s not the same as when the Irish speak French. Anyway, we are just correcting our homework, when the door to the classroom opens and a new teacher enters. I have never seen this teacher before and I know all the teachers here on sight. She introduces herself and tells us that she’s just moved here from Paris. She will work side by side with our main French teacher and will help to prepare us for the Leaving Certificate test.  She is actually a native French speaker which is very good for us because this way we learn how to pronounce the words correctly. She is going to focus on French conversation while our main teacher will focus on grammar and written French. The new teacher speaks French flawlessly but she speaks English with a strong French accent. The lessons can be quite amusing especially when the two teachers switch between English and French. You can close your eyes and you still know exactly who is talking.

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e1657382542bfbe791e6ef0c6fc23769c5ca8434dfbc291546f04029cbb47d3eSoon after the start of the lesson we hear the familiar voice of the principal over the speaker system. He tells us, that he has a little game for us. He is going to read out five numbers and a result. We are supposed to: add, subtract, divide or multiply the five numbers to get to the result. He calls this the “countdown” game. We are allowed to work on the task during the French lesson. The teachers are unhappy since that means less time to study pronunciation.

Countdown game rules:

  • You don’t have to use all the numbers.
  • You can’t use the same number more than once.
  • Only +, -, x, ÷ allowed.

Here are the actual numbers as announced by the principal:

10 2 50 5 100

Target number: 320

I’m going to give you the solution in tomorrow’s blog post!

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During lunch everyone is excited because the economics lesson for today has been cancelled. We can all go home an hour early. This also means that I get an additional day to study for the economics test.

I think something’s going on because all the teachers are behaving strangely today. For example, during the chemistry lesson we are told to help the teacher prepare a number of experiments for a large group of people. That’s all we’re being told, but who is this group of large people and why are they coming? As a result we hardly learn anything new today since we’re all busy preparing for the big event. Maybe I can find out from some of my friends what’s going on.

funny-pictures-MEME-Would-You-Like-Some-TeaShortly after I return home, I have a visitor. It’s Brigitte, my EF contact or as they call it “IEC”. Margaret welcomes her at the door and offers her a cup of tea. Margaret always wants to give everyone cups of tea, but that’s an Irish custom. Whenever you visit someone the first question is always: “Would you like a cup of tea?”. Actually I don’t like tea, I prefer smoothies.

Brigitte only stays for about 30 minutes and after a short chat with both me and Margaret and two more cups of tea she says goodbye and leaves again.

Joke of the day: 

(suggestions into the comments, please!)

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.“Weiterlesen” für die deutsche Übersetzung…

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