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1. What was your most memorable moment from the last week?
Sometimes I feel like Stefan thinks I'm insane and never understands anything I say, but I felt like I actually won his respect this week when I told him that I had never been to Germany because I didn't speak German. I know, I explained further, that everyone says Germans speak very good English, but I would feel guilty going to Germany and speaking English. If I were Chinese and spoke English in Germany, I wouldn't feel so bad, but being American, I would feel too arrogant and American doing so. Stefan, who fears English encroaching on the world, seemed to respect me more for this.

2. What one person touched your life this week?
Today as I was walking past the bus stop where all of my students wait for the bus, I made eye contact, smiled, and said "Hello" or "Bonjour" to several of my students, with no response. I was a bit embarassed and saddened and was looking at the ground and trudging along when I heard a "Bon week-end" from one of my BEP students, who I hadn't even seen. I'm sure other people touched my life, but that in particular touched my day.

3. How have you helped someone this week?
I did eight text-recordings for Agns, but that's sort of my job, and I peeled potatoes for Renata, but I was going to be eating the potatoes so I had to do my part. I don't know if I've done anything purely altruistic...

4. What one thing do you need to get done by this time next week?
I should probably compile a list of common English mistakes for my S2OLs. I bet they would like that.

5. What one thing will you do over the next seven days to make your world a better place?
Um... try to help my students learn English and therefore make France a better place for tourists? Geez. What will I do?

srah - Friday, 28 March 2003 - 3:31 PM
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