Maria my in class interpretor
Trip Start Aug 06, 2009
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So I took all of the above into consideration and thought of a way that I could convey important information or ideas, and still have them recognize me with only Spanish and never speak to them in English
On the first day of class I introduced my students to Maria. (The following is the page that I gave to them)
(I have a picture of a lady named Maria at the top of each page)
"Hello class my name is Maria. I speak both Spanish and English. I have been a friend of Seņor Bronsen for many years. He has asked me to help you guys out in class by being his interpreter. Whenever there is an issue, concept or idea that Seņor Bronsen cannot convey to you in Spanish, I will translate it for you.
Seņor Bronsen sent me a letter telling me all about you and how you all really want to learn Spanish. I will translate part of it f
or you. Here are samples of the two types of future translations will look like.
Maria: Seņor Bronsen wanted me to tell you how glad he is that you all decided to choose Spanish as your foreign language this year. He would like you to know that this year of Spanish is packed full of fun and exciting ways to learn Spanish including: Games, Parties, and even trips. It might be a little bit frustrating because Seņor Bronsen will only be speaking in Spanish, however my translations should help ease the frustration. Seņor Bronsen would like to ask you all to stick with him, keep an open mind, and at the end of the year you'll all be speaking in Spanish.
Seņor Bronsen said,
"I would like to let my class know how thrilled I am to teach them my favorite language. Learning languages is what I do best. I have been learning foreign languages in the past 7 years. Being able to speak Spanish has opened thousands of life's doors and windows that if it was not for Spanish I would have never had those great opportunities given to me. For example if I didn’t speak Spanish I wouldn’t have been able to come to Thailand and teach. I would like to take this time to ask one thing, that you respect each other’s differences because differences are what makes this world exciting. For if we were all the same it would be boring. Learn to appreciate each other’s differences through keeping an open mind. If someone is different don’t say how weird, rather ask yourself is that person different and how can I appreciate their difference."
…Translated by Maria "
Using this "in class interpreter tactic" as I like to call it, which by the way I have never heard of anything like this so I must pat myself on the back for coming up with this, the students never associate the English language with me rather they associate it with Maria, my friend. Most importantly there is absolutely no frustration or stress because even the most complicated issues and concepts can be easily explained through my "In class interpreter, Maria". I am very interested to hear your feedback on what you think about this so please send me an email.
Love you all for reading yet another blog of my truly amazing adventure in Thailand.
Bronsen Kimo Stoltz