This week is the longest and hardest for me in a long time. Since Jan 24th my kindergarten hosts two guests – students from China and Tajikistan. Jafar Boturov and Jian Wan Xuan are visiting us to learn something about Poland and teach us something about their countries. They work in our kindergarten as volunteers. As we’ve got three groups in our preschool each of them spend a few hours with each group every day. As neither of them speaks Polish my main duty is to be their interpreter in every situation during their day at my workplace. They are doing great with our kids! They work with them, learn a lot from them and of course teach us all a lot. Yesterday we’ve visited school as well (as my kindergarten in interrelated with school, we share building and even some teachers), have a few classes with students, Jian played a pong=pong match with our headmaster and some teachers from school and we observed PE an dancing classes. Students and teachers are very interested in our guests. Every visit at school or pizzeria or even a walk gives us a lot of attention from other people.
I am very happy that I can use English so often now. Especially as many people at school and also at my kindergarten didn’t know that I can speak it so well. I feel so great when I can see their faces in awe as I do the translation and I am able to follow every discussion irrespective of its topic ;). I can also speak very fast ;) to follow the discussion and to make conversers feel comfortable and up to date with their dialogue. I’ve learned a lot of new words and something new about my town because I wanted to be exact and to help our guests understand the place that they are in. We’ve been talking not only about my workplace, Montessori method, my town history but we also had a very serious discussion about religion (as one of our guests is Muslim), politics and customs of our countries. That was a challenge! But seeing my headmaster face as I was talking about Christianity. Its history and the meanings of some holidays and customs (in both languages – English for guests and Polish for him) was priceless!
There are two more days left when our guests will be with us. After this week I will really need a rest especially from talking. I’ve probably never been talking so much! But it is also a great fun and I am very happy to be a part of it. Today we had a cooking classes, tomorrow we will have a movie and on Friday – costume party. I am looking forward for a weekend J