Sooo… the blog!? What happened? What have I been doing with all my time? Why haven’t I been writing?
Simply. The business of a travel blog got me down. I’m not a tec savvy girl, I’m not competitive and I find marketing is all about being competitive and I was losing ‘me’ somewhere in all the details so I stopped writing. Decided to stop all together and was reminded by you, my readers that I shouldn’t quit the blog, I should quit the business so that is what I am doing!
Back to me. Back to life. Back to the passion!
So please join me at my new home here!
Nope, This crepe was not found in Paris or anywhere in France for that matter. So where did I find this succulent array of pastry, strawberry, creme, chocolate and sugary concoction?
Israel of all places!
In the ‘new’ Jerusalem shopping center with ooey gooey filling and even though it is addmittedly larger than a 1 person serving I managed to find room for every last morsel.
I visited this shop a couple times during my stay in one of the most religious & historic cities found in the world. Once this delicious dessert has been devoured you can stroll through the divided neighborhoods of Jerusalem whether you’re in the mood for new & modern or historic & dripping with culture.
Where did you discover the best crepe of your life?
Please help me win an ipad3, VOTE TODAY! http://wp.me/p2hTyi-c1 Remember to include Heathers Harmony and a link to my article!…
I was invited to participate in a blogging competition about how people all around the world learn English best and since I’ve watched the magic of learning English first hand with my students in Russia I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share my insights.
I stand to win a free ipad 3 which would come in OH-SO-HANDY after moving out of the US on July 15th!
1) Voting begins tonight at midnight (May 19th – June 1st)
2) Votes must include the blog’s name and a link to the post.
To vote for Heathers Harmony simply leave a comment on Kaplans page here: http://kaplaninternational.com/blog/how-to-learn-english/
The fact that I didn’t know any Russian before stepping foot in a classroom full of children always seems to be the most shocking aspect when asked about the logistics of being an ESL teacher. The truth of the matter is that we all learn our first language by being fully immersed in it, eliminating the need to have a language in common.
Infographic: How to learn Englishvia Kaplan Blog
Based on Kaplan’s research it seems most of the population agrees. Would you guess that most my students learned English with a non-American accent? I taught at a school similar to an elementary that offered English classes as an extracurricular opportunity while the older students would come after having already spent all day in their regular school. In Russia it’s required to take English typically taught by someone from the UK, all things considered there aren’t THAT many differences but there are minor details like catch phrases, accents and cultural lingo that can make ‘American’ and ‘British’ English different.
Modern culture instills comprehension of the language by making it casual and comfortable rather than the formal setting a classroom often entails. Many of my older students listened to English music and when it was available they would watch English movies and television shows. The father of my host family in particular loved the Utah Jazz’s basketball team and preferred to watch American sports on television even though he wasn’t fluent in English he knew most the sports terms.
While living in Russia I did pick up on some conversational terms and phrases which helped me navigate through transportation, running errands and living with a Russian family. I wasn’t even close to being fluent but my comprehension and retention of the language is greater than my high school foreign language courses and I am excited to begin traveling again so I can start learning bits and pieces of other languages.
Have you learned English as a second language or another language perhaps? What is your opinion on Kaplan’s findings?
Who doesn’t love getting postcards in the mail right? Exactly!
(unless you don’t and this post really isn’t for you
What is a Postcard Party?
I’m excited to announce a monthly contest on Heathers Harmony! I will announce a new Party each month and everyone is invited to win a postcard personally from Heather!
How to Join the Party?
The next Postcard party will be announced during the first week in May be sure to check back for new instructions on how to you can enter to win!
Congratulations to Aprils postcard winners:
Please contact me with your mailing address in the next 7 days to receive your postcard!
Thank you for participating!