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I was going to post this in >>4147285 but I thought I'd make a new thread so more people can see it.
For anyone interested in teaching English in another country, I have a friend who did the very thing so I asked her what it takes and what it's like. The following is her reply, copy/pasted. Interesting stuff! [the country in question was italy btw]
>Well, take a TEFL course, apply to schools, interview on Skype, and THEN move. Moving out there with no Bachelor's degree is no picnic if you haven't secured a job first, (trust me....I lived it). And as long as you are entertaining and kind of know what you are talking about, people will learn from you. Except teaching children, which just involves a ton of coloring, songs, and games.
Be prepared to get turned down a lot, (I mean, 120 times out of a 100, and then have somebody who supposedly hated you call last minute), and teach at weird hours, (I did 5am-7am once, and had 5 students 10:30pm-midnight once a week) to fit around adult students's schedules. There is also NO WAY you will make enough from a school salary to live on (unless you are in an Asian country, or you go to someplace scarier like Dubai or Kazakhstan, where you should definitely speak the language and BLEND IN when not in the classroom. In the classroom, you will be worshiped). Maybe your salary will pay your rent, but you will have to get some private students to tutor for everything else, meaning.....
You will have to be comfortable walking up to random people in the street, give them your flier, convince them they need English lessons, and then get THEIR name and email or phone number, all in under 30 seconds so they don't have time to walk away from you.
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I'm feeling very depressed by all my friends doing MA programs (global/international relations, math, feminist/cultural English studies, journalism, sociology of family. MBA, etc)
Whereas I've wasted too much time sitting at home and just reading fiction with no job. Like I want to go to these programs, but don't have the rverences to do it, OR I kinda just don't want to be bothered - so In a way I'm both jealous and not.
Can you cheer me up /lit/?
(Just passed a little 9/10qt who i knew from undergrad who is now studying critical feminist english - and it depressed the hell out of me)
(I'm a bitter marxist)
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I've read 1Q84 and The Wind-up bird.
1. Transit between two dimensions
2. Love story
3. An evil kind of figure that's hard to crack
4. A very passive mail protagonist
5. A sexually promiscuous and weird underage girl
Is that all of Murakami. To be honest I didn't enjoy Murakami and only read the second to give him another chance. Reason being that my girlfriend likes Murakami and I thought if I read him we could share something but I can't find anything that I like about his books. Even in an attitude of reading for pleasure I can't enjoy it:
Too much filler,
very superficial "insight",
plot driven by external events,
many times those events are magical devices
repetitive dialogues and monologues (as if he was unsure whether the read it got the message
I think the biggest of my problems is that using magical devices to advance plot is a mayor way of cheating if there is no foundation. Marquez is masterful because even with the magic elements from folk he includes he doesn't use them to advance plot, Borges is masterful because since the "plots" are often due to an erudite interest in the magical event or object that object or event serves as an excuse to talk about philosophical and religious concepts. In the case of Murakami, however, I don't see any advantage in using them other than a writing cheat.
I understand that I might be missing things so I'm open
I've read 2 McCarthy novels, still don't see the appeal.
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Both 4/10s. Neither was terrible, but certainly weak. All The Pretty Horses, and The Crossing. I have Cities of the Plains, which I will probably read, but not quite yet.
Okay. Here's the challenge. Explain to me why McCarthy is excellent, without reference to Blood Meridian. Explain in terms of his works generally...if you can.