Wednesday September 22, 2010

Today I went to Sabolciu but it felt like a very unproductive day because I tried to teach an English class with the children but it was just a disaster with their bad behaviour. Now that I am teaching on my own it is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. It is not because of my Romanian (I know enough Romanian to run a beginner class) but it is because of the children’s behaviour. Norbi and Mircea went somewhere during the time I tried to teach my class. Then when they came back I told Mircea how the children didn’t listen and how their behaviour was terrible so then Mircea came in to talk to the kids and they listened right away. Wow, I need to have the same kind of authority that Mircea and Norbi have! Lord God, I pray that I would have more authority with the children because otherwise I just feel very frustrated and discouraged.

My evening turned out a lot better than my afternoon. I had a two hour Romanian lesson with Mihaela. It was a great lesson and I finished the first book that we did together! Then when I went home I ended up studying Romanian for like two or three hours which wasn’t planned but it just turned out that way! Back in June when I went to the Calgary Chapel’s Eastern European Leadership conference in Hungary, one of the missionaries who is serving in Brasov that was in my room told Aubrey and I about this website called “Live Mocha” for learning languages. For some reason I didn’t sign up for it and I just really forgot about it to be honest but when I spoke to Kim yesterday on facebook (she came here this past summer and wants to come back as an intern next summer) about learning Romanian I remembered the website when she asked me if I know any good sites for learning the language.

Yesterday I decided to sign up myself for the live mocha website. This website offers 35 different language courses on their site and they are all free! I started studying Romanian on there and I really like it! I did a little bit of the first lesson yesterday but today I ended up doing two lessons of the first unit. I really like the website a lot because it’s fun, it’s easy to use and it is very helpful! I can’t believe a program like this is FREE which covers learning new vocabulary, learning the grammar, reading, listening, writing, speaking and native speakers give you feedback on your writing and speaking exercises too! I think if I can get committed to this program at least once or twice a week it will really help me improve my Romanian a lot!  

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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