Sain uu from Mongolia!

Internet at the flat is broken, so figured I’d do a quick update from an internet cafe.

All good here, Ulaanbaatar is dirty and noisy and pretty much a complete dive but it’s great to be somewhere different and you can see mountains wherever you are. The flat I’m staying in is lovely, and makes it very easy to forget you’re in a third world country until you look outside the window…

Host family is away until tonight but I’m being looked after by the elder sister, and I made a friend on the plane who offered to show me around Ulaanbaatar before I even told him my name, which I thought was a little forward until the exact same thing happened with a couple I met on the next flight, and then the woman at the airport who sold me my sim card insisted she give me her email address so I could contact her if I needed help, so no shortage of the famous Mongolian hospitality here.

My induction is on Monday and I start work on Tuesday. They’re putting me in a children’s protection center, which is a government organization that provides support for troubled children or kids in disadvantaged families (there are a lot of problems with alcoholism in Mongolia). Have been told I’m the only English teacher, so suddenly feeling the responsibility.

I asked my host sister about the music scene in UB, and apparently Mongolian pop culture is 10 years behind ours: it turns out Westlife did a gig in Ulaanbataar a couple of days ago (I think they are pretty big here). However, managed to find a nightclub with “trance” and “techno” in its music policy, so all is not lost.

Back to my tour of the city. Hope all is well back in the UK… 🙂

10 thoughts on “Sain uu from Mongolia!

  1. Tori says:

    Awesome to hear from you already. If you need any help/ideas with English teaching, let me know (it’s what I do!). Tori x

    • Lex says:

      Hey Tori! The kids i’ve got are around 10 and pretty much noobs, I started them off on the alphabet and basic vocab but have no idea how to approach the grammar side of things. Any advice you could offer with respect to that or in general would be hugely appreciated! They’re picking things up and enjoying the lessons but I admit I don’t really know what I’m doing :p

      • Tori says:

        GAMES! Check out onestopenglish.com – I can give you a password and login if you tell me where to e-mail it. There’s also a dodgy Russian site where you can download full books from – englishtips.org. There’s not really much point in teaching grammar by way of presenting it as kids’ attention span is…well, I’m sure you’ve already realised, but you can teach them through games and activities. They can also approach this through their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. I think for newbie young learners you’ll probably find a lot on those two sites. Whenever I’ve taught YL, they’ve been really advanced and there’s no material out there, but there’s tons for beginners. Check out my colleague Olha’s blog: http://www.olhamadylusblog.com/ – she’s a YL specialist and she’s shithot. Good suggestions on there 🙂

      • Lex says:

        Ah, excellent, thanks muchly 🙂 Can you send a login to arquin@gmail.com? Ta!

        Games are going down v well. Played Hangman with them the other day – what a winner! Kept them entertained and concentrating for a *whole* hour, couldn’t believe it. 😀

  2. Angie says:

    Delighted you’ve made it there ok, sounds beautiful! And a club that mentions trance and techno! Just think, you can go back in 10 years worth of trance and techno… Good luck for Tuesday 🙂

  3. Ben says:

    Glad you got there safe and sound! We are missing you already (mostly cos there is no one to blame when things go wrong!). Hope work went well and have fun 🙂

  4. Karine says:

    Happy Birthday girl! xxx So happy to see you are ok and enjoying your trip :). Hope they all look after you today. Will send you a proper email soon x

    • l3x3n says:

      Kariiiiine!! Thank you miss ^^
      Yeah my kids absolutely made my day.
      Hope everything is going well back home? Give me your news! I often think of London and wonder how you’re doing!

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