Leaving SkimaTalk…

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Yes I have finally done it! I was with SkimaTalk since March 2015 and I loved teaching for them. However, they changed their T&Cs – it is their prerogative to do so – but I had to do the Teacher Guideline test TWICE and had to create ANOTHER introduction piece. It seems that they have had some issues. I was hoping to be teaching on a regular basis with SkimaTalk; sadly this is no longer the case. I have been trying to sort “the issues” out since November – alas it has come to nothing.

I have decided to leave SkimaTalk and focus on italki in 2017. I am in the process of scanning all my certificates; as italki have requested them. Very efficient I would say. I am exciting about working with italki and I will also be able to learn American Sign Language and Spanish on the website!

I will keep you all posted about that. I am also going to continue with some of my i-to-i studies. I want to finish the Advanced Grammar course I started last year. There are some new courses since i-to-i joined forces with LoveTEFL. These courses have taken my eye:

Also they have now added a 15 day extension! I am super happy about that!

47 Questions New Teachers Should Ask…

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I am sitting on Squarehead Teachers and I have found a post called 47 Questions New Teachers Should Ask.

It is such an interesting post as these questions I know I will need to ask when I start my ‘official’ TEFL teachings. Many thanks for posting this post Mindy; it has opened my mind to what I need to think about before I start teaching.

Idiom of the Week: “Pig Out”

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Hello and welcome to another edition of my Idiom of the Week and this week is all about eating!

pig out (on something)

Pig out means to eat too much of something; to make a pig of oneself.
For example; “I intend to really pig out on pizza.” This person is saying that they are going to eat a lot of pizza and not do much. Another example is “I love to pig out on ice cream”; personally this I what I love doing if I could get my hands on Ice Cream.
What do you think of the image? I think it is cute…

Wordle Wednesday: Family

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It is that time once again where I post my weekly “Word Cloud” this week’s “Wordle Wednesday” is all about FAMILY

Word cloud created by WordItOut.com

Word cloud created by WordItOut.com

The words that have been used to create this word cloud are:

adoption, adoptive father, adoptive mother, ancestor, aunt, bachelor, birth mother, blood relative, bride, bridegroom, brother, brother-in-law, care-giver, child, childhood, children, clan, close-knit, connection, cousin, dad, daddy, daughter, daughter-in-law, descendant, devoted, divorce, eligible, engaged, engagement, estranged, ex, ex husband, ex wife, extended family, faithful, family, family tree, father, father-in-law, fiancee, first born, first cousin, folks, foster, foster child, foster father, foster mother, foster parent, fraternal, foster child, foster parent, fraternal, fraternal twin, genealogy, grampa, gramps, grandchild, grandchildren, granddaughter, grandfather, grandma, grandmother, grandpa, grandparent, grandson, granny, great-granddaughter, great-grandfather, great-grandmother, great-grandparent, great-grandson, great-aunt, great-uncle, groom, grownup, half-brother, half-sister, heir, heiress, helpmate, hereditary, heritage, history, home, household, husband, identical twin, inherit, inheritance, infant, infancy, in-law, juvenile, kin, kindred, kinfolk, kinship, kith, lineage, love, loyalty, ma, maiden name, mama, marriage, mate, maternal, matriarch, matrimony, minor, Miss, mum, monogamy, mother, mother-in-law, Mr., Mrs., Ms., Mummy, nana, natal, nephew, nest, newlywed, niece, nuclear family, nuptial, nurture, offspring, orphan, pa, papa, parent, partner, paternal, patriarch, pop, posterity, progenitor, progeny,, quadruplets, quads, quints, quintuplets, related, relations, relative, second cousin, senior,sibling, sister, sister-in-law, son, son-in-law, spouse, stepbrother, stepchild, stepchildren, stepdad, stepdaughter, stepfather, stepmum, stepmother, stepsister, stepson, surrogate mother, tribe, triplets, trust, trustworthy, twin brother, twin sister, twins, uncle, wed, wedding, wedlock, wife, youngster, youth.

I know that every family has different ‘names’ for each person in the family; for example my Great-Grandmother was called Nanna and my Grandmother was call Grandma…it all depends on who you are and where you come from really.

Idiom of the Week: “Beat About The Bush”

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Hello and welcome to this week’s Idiom of the Week: ‘Beat About the Bush”

Beating a bush?

 

‘Beat About the Bush’ is another one of my favourite idioms. I always have the vision of a person beating a bush; similar to what is happening in the image, in my head. However; this is not happening when this idiom is used.

The meaning of ‘Beat About the Bush’ is to avoid talking about a difficult or embarrassing subject because you are worried about upsetting the person you are talking to (usually negative)

I have not heard it being used for a while; possibly because the older population use it more than the younger population.

Here are some examples of it being used:

“Don’t beat around the bush. Just tell me where my brother is.

“There is no point in beating about the bush. I’m leaving you.”

Idiom of the Week: “Being Stumped”

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Firstly sorry for being two days late for this week’s idiom of the week…life took over for a while. All is back to normal now; well hopefully!!

This week’s idiom is “Being Stumped”.

“I’m Stumped” Image from My Husband Ate all My Ice Cream

 

The meaning of “Being Stumped” is being ‘stuck’ – unable to proceed, often regarding being confounded by some intellectual puzzle. I have sometimes heard it

It has believed that American authorities have supposed that this derives from the development of the road system. When these roads were being built trees were sawn down; to no more that 15 inches tall – resulting in tree stumps. All was well with the machines that were used; but when the rain was heavy the machines would get stuck into the mud and become ‘stumped’ to the same height of the trees.

Other people have suggested that it might be from cricket, in which a batsman is out if the wicket keeper removes the stumps with the ball when the batsman is out of his ground.

It is more likely that the term derives from ploughs sticking when they hit tree-stumps.

The USA origin is certainly correct though. All of the early citations of the phrase originate from there; for example, Seba Smith’s Letters of Major Jack Downing, 1833:

“My Good Old Friend, – I’m stumped. I jest got a letter from the Gineral.”

The term is pre-dated by the term ‘stumper’, which was US slang for a difficult poser. This was cited in an 1807 edition of the New York magazine Salmagundi:

“They happened to run their heads full butt against a new reading. Now this was a stumper.”

[Definiation from The Free Dictionary]

Wordle Wednesday: Holiday

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Firstly; I want to welcome you all to the first EVER Wordle Wednesday here at ‘My TEFL Adventures’…I am very excited about this; it has been a long time coming.

Today’s word cloud is all about holidays. What do we take on our holidays? How do we get there? The reason why I thought that the first ‘cloud’ should be all about holidays as here in the UK, this week my current working place breaks up for a Half Term (when I was at school this Half Term was called Whitsun Break). We all finish on Friday for one week and then we start the big push through until Mid-July.

holidays

Words Used: Abroad, Amusements, balcony, barbeque, bays, Beach, beach hut, beach-ball, beaches,beauty spot, bikini, Boat, brochures, Bucket, Bucket and Spade, Camera, Camping, Caravan, cliff, coast, Crab, cruise, cruising, deck-chair, destinations, dishes, Donkeys, excursion,explore, foreign currency, fun, guidebook, harbour, Holiday, holiday-makers, horizon, Hotel, Ice Cream, itinerary, kite, lifeguard, lighthouse, markets, Mediterranean, mountains, package tour, Paddling pool, palm tree, parasol, Passport, phrase-book, picturesque, pier, Plane, Postcard, resort, restaurants, rock, Rock pool, sand, Sand Castle, Sandals, Sandcastle, scenery, scuba diving, Sea, sea wall, Seagulls, seashell, Seaside, seaweed, Shells, sightseeing, Spade, Suitcase, Summer, sun, sunbathing, sun hat, Sunshine, Suntan, surf, Swimming, tan, towel, Travel, trip, unspoilt, view, villages, visa, wave

I hope that you have enjoyed the first Wordle Wednesday; remember to tune in next Wednesday for another Wordle Cloud…