I started teaching English at “ACL” or “Australian Centre for Language” last week. I have a level 3 class for 6 hours a week. It pays $11 an hour. Not a bad gig over all, the students are motsly all girls between the ages of 13 and 20. If I were a 40 year old man I would be in heaven.
They’re all pretty cute and sweet, even though some of them don’t put very much effort into class. I’m not a very god disciplinarian, so hopefully they will learn something even if I can’t force them to work hard.
All of the students have nick names that are generally easier to pronounce than their Lao names. They all laugh at me when I say their names wrong. AT first I thought maybe I was saying some kind of dirty word, but they told me it wasn’t a bad word, they just think I’m funny. This is probably a lie, I am probably saying “dog testicles” or something. The Lao sometimes have a cruel and vulgar sense of humor.
Anyway, it’s ok for me, one of my students’ nicknames is “Titty”.
I haven’t yet had the heart to tell her that it’s not a very polite word in English. I also have a hard time not laughing everytime I call on her.
My students have a hard time remembering to pronounce the ends of words, so Miss Nicole usually ends up “Miss Nico”. I don’t mind his at all, and in fact kind of like it. I wonder if I can get them to start calling me “Miss Nico Sauve”, “Miss Peurto Nico”, or even “Miss Lil’ Nast”
I also have this on-going joke with my students about how I am the most beautiful teacher in Laos. First they asked me what my Lao nickname was and I said “Nyam Lae” (very beautiful). Then, when I was teaching them articles and how you must use the definite article (the) with a superlative, ie: the most beautiful teacher, because there can only be one (me), we use “the”. They think it’s funny and I also enjoy this little inside joke we have.