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Old Jun 6th 2005, 8:58 pm
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Originally Posted by Dant3
Standard of Living and Quality of Life are both relative. While working a 9 to 5 job in a beige cubicle may not be everybody's idea of heaven, it sure beats being thrown up against a classroom wall by some heroin addled parent in Bradford. The fact that I get to leave work at 5pm, instead of 10pm as a teacher, means that I also get to have some kind of social life. Living in a warm climate watching hummingbirds flitting about the Bougainvillea beats just about any of the places I've had the dubious pleasure of living in in the UK. I can't afford a house here, but then I couldn't afford a house in the UK either. The important difference is that here I feel an optimistic sense that I can succeed, which was never the case in England. The fact that I can't get a decent pork sausage and nobody's heard of Bogpuss is, at this stage, a worthwhile sacrifice.

Seems reasonable.
 
Old Jun 6th 2005, 10:00 pm
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It obviously *isn't* way too expensive, then. You can bitch about it, but you ARE willing to pay.

What I said was that HOUSES are way too expensive. On the otherhand appartments are cheaper to rent than in San Francisco which is the reason I live here. Personally I still don't think $1700 a month in rent is good value or financial sense, I just can't afford a house and the property taxes that go with it.
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Old Jun 6th 2005, 11:19 pm
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Standard of Living and Quality of Life are both relative. While working a 9 to 5 job in a beige cubicle may not be everybody's idea of heaven, it sure beats being thrown up against a classroom wall by some heroin addled parent in Bradford. The fact that I get to leave work at 5pm, instead of 10pm as a teacher, means that I also get to have some kind of social life. Living in a warm climate watching hummingbirds flitting about the Bougainvillea beats just about any of the places I've had the dubious pleasure of living in in the UK. I can't afford a house here, but then I couldn't afford a house in the UK either. The important difference is that here I feel an optimistic sense that I can succeed, which was never the case in England. The fact that I can't get a decent pork sausage and nobody's heard of Bogpuss is, at this stage, a worthwhile sacrifice.
Is "Bogpuss" (Bagpuss?) a triping error teach?
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Is "Bogpuss" (Bagpuss?) a triping error teach?
Luckily, it is. Even more luckily I was never required to teach typing.
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Luckily, it is. Even more luckily I was never required to teach typing.
Nice one!

On a slightly different tack, I guess it must be a bit of a bummer for some Brits, to have to conform with the americanisation of the english language, and I was thinking specifically of differences in the spelling of the same word eg color,defense,kidnaped etc..... did/does that cause you any problems, or did you readily adapt, when teaching your classes?

I imagine it might be more of a confusion for teenagers, who have directly transferred over from schools in the UK?
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Nice one!

On a slightly different tack, I guess it must be a bit of a bummer for some Brits, to have to conform with the americanisation of the english language, and I was thinking specifically of differences in the spelling of the same word eg color,defense,kidnaped etc..... did/does that cause you any problems, or did you readily adapt, when teaching your classes?

I imagine it might be more of a confusion for teenagers, who have directly transferred over from schools in the UK?
I think Americans may argue about the "Americanisation" of the English language. Oddly enough American English has more in common with Shakesperean English than British English does.
 
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On a slightly different tack, I guess it must be a bit of a bummer for some Brits, to have to conform with the americanisation of the english language, and I was thinking specifically of differences in the spelling of the same word eg color,defense,kidnaped etc..... did/does that cause you any problems, or did you readily adapt, when teaching your classes?
I've never been able to teach in the US so I don't know from a teaching point of view. I do, however, work as a grant writer and everything I write comes back to me from the proofreaders with a shit load of corrections. I'm used to the whole 'ou' thing and make a point of trying not to use any overtly British terminology, but you'd be amazed at some of the phrases and grammatical constructions that simply read as 'foreign' to an American audience. And I've just been told today that Americans never use the word 'whilst'! Who ******* knew?!?!
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And I've just been told today that Americans never use the word 'whilst'! Who ******* knew?!?!
Like we never use the verb construct "Gotten"
 
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I think Americans may argue about the "Americanisation" of the English language. Oddly enough American English has more in common with Shakesperean English than British English does.
Art thou sure, and doth thy mean "Shakespearian!"
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The American wife still thinks the British use of 'do' is funny, as in "they might do", or "will it do?", or the classic "but they do do, don't they".

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The American wife still thinks the British use of 'do' is funny, as in "they might do", or "will it do?", or the classic "but they do do, don't they".
EVERYBODY DOWN! This is a threadjacking!
Definitely only a SCOUSER would utter the latter!
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Art thou sure, and doth thy mean "Shakespearian!"
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I think Americans may argue about the "Americanisation" of the English language. Oddly enough American English has more in common with Shakesperean English than British English does.
Continuing this threadjacking, here in MD we have Smith Island, located in the Chesapeake bay. The residents of this island are descended form cornish settlers of the 1600's and much of their speech has traces of cornish-elizabethan English

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Originally Posted by Conway7

I imagine it might be more of a confusion for teenagers, who have directly transferred over from schools in the UK?
MIL, she's a yank, but as kids, folks travelled around africa as missionaries, so she was taught in British schools out there, so learned all the English spellings and sayings, she said she had a hell of a time when she got back to the US as they kept marking her grades down because of the poor spelling until her mother had a conniption fit with the school
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MIL, she's a yank, ...
Spoken like a true Brit, lol.
 

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