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Any teacher will tell you the first week of school is draining. No matter how prepared and experienced you are getting used to a new schedule, learning new names and really figuring out what you want to do with a new crop of students takes a lot out of you. Things are going well, but I listen to my students and think, “Oh, dear, they’ve been learning English since they were 10 and this is how far they’ve gotten.” Or “I wonder what he’s trying to say? Is the talking about school or soup?”
I’ve got a decent schedule for teaching 24 hours a week. I’ll teach 6 hours on Monday and Wednesday and may need to be carried home those days. Tuesday I have a long morning break from 9:50 to 2pm. This week I was able to get into town and back to run some errands. Thursday I’m blessed with a free afternoon and Friday I don’t have to start till 10. Not bad.
Today I got a kind of bonus. After 2nd period ended, I ran over to the administrative office to order some copies. When I returned, I expected to see my 3rd period students. No one was there. Though class wouldn’t start for another 10 minutes in China that’s odd. I waited and waited. The bell rang and still no one was there. I called the Foreign Affairs Liaison and she said she’d look into this. Eventually, I got a call from a student with poor English. I really didn’t know what he said, but I figured there was a scheduling error. Maybe they were double booked.
In time a girl came in with a paper in Chinese that she showed me as a way to explain the problem. I really don’t get how she thought I’d be able to read it. From day one, I make it clear that I don’t speak Chinese. I guess that hasn’t sunk in. In time another student with poor English joined the girl. It seems the students’ schedule showed them as free during this period. Since some were off campus it was impossible to round everyone up.
I was glad that they weren’t somehow double booked and say in Chinese at that time, which might mean I’d have to teach Thursday afternoon. That free afternoon is rather precious. All seems well (fingers crossed) and next week we’ll hold class as my schedule shows. The pair wondered if we should make up class on Friday evening. I said that shouldn’t be necessary and if need be we’ll figure out a make up time. As I see it, it wasn’t my mistake and I was ready to go. Over the course of the semester we’re sure to cover all we need to. Down the road we can see about a make up but I think we can just let this go.
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Pronunciation: Brit. /rəˈvɒ̃ʃ/, /rᵻˈvan(t)ʃ/, U.S. /rəˈvɑn(t)ʃ/
Etymology: < French revanche revenge n. (c1525 in Middle French in sense ‘action of making requital or retaliation for an injury’, 1588 in sense ‘action of making requital or recompense for a benefit received’).
In in revanche after French en revanche (see en revanche adv. at en prep. Phrases).
Quot. 1757 at sense 1 represents the speech of a French speaker.
Not fully naturalized in English. O.E.D. Suppl. (1982) only records the non-naturalized pronunciation (rəvaṅʃ) /rəvɑ̃ʃ/.
1. The action or an act of returning a favour or (now chiefly) avenging an injury; requital, recompense; revenge, retaliation.
in revanche: in return; in revenge; cf. en revanche adv. at en prep. Phrases.
1615 in Lett. & St. Papers James VI 271 Having the raisons I had against hym and thos advantages off revanche , mony vood a extenditt them mor vigourously nor I did.
?1656 R. Flecknoe Relation Ten Years Trav. xxxi. 100 In revanche of which I can assure her Highnesse, that none ever having gain'd in prize some precious Jewell, was more carefull to conserve it, than I shall be the honour of her good Graces.
1757 T. Smollett Reprisal ii. xv, Madame, I implore your pitie and clemence; Monsieur Artlie, I am one pauvre miserable not worth your revanche.
1794 I. D'Israeli Domest. Anecd. French Nation 300 We may, if it is worth the while, take our revanche, on our once gay rivals.
1828 New Monthly Mag. 23 148 The defeated party had their revanche; the Prima Donna was tried for corruption, on their appeal.
1858 Queen Victoria Let. 22 June in Dearest Child (1964) 117 She never allows a word to be said against Leopold who in revanche is much kinder to her than he was.
1870 G. Meredith Let. 9 Oct. (1970) I. 427 You great-mindedly took my criticism, and I long for the revanche of giving praise.
1968 V. Nabokov King, Queen, Knave xiii. 262 I'll have my revanche when madame and you visit me in Miami next spring.
2007 P. Leonard & A. Grenier in T. Owen Reconstructing Postmodernism vi. 94 Gender Stalinists killed masculinity in revanche for the death of femininity under the rule of traditionalists.
2. Polit. Also with capital initial. The return of a nation's lost territory; a policy, movement, or act of aggression aimed at achieving this. Now chiefly hist.
Freq. with reference to the desire of France to regain the province of Alsace-Lorraine after its annexation in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.
1874 N. Amer. Rev. Oct. 419 A little talk‥about the prospects of France, the duties of Frenchmen, and the question of the ‘revanche’.
1889 M. S. van de Velde Cosmopolitan Recoll. I. v. 162 He [sc. Prince Gortchakoff] has on his record the fate of Sleswig and of Denmark; Sadowa, the revanche of Sebastopol.
1914 G. B. Shaw in New Statesman 14 Nov. (Suppl.) 20/1 France had given up hope of her Alsace–Lorraine revanche.
1939 A. Toynbee Study of Hist. IV. 118 The Justinianean revanche, in the sixth century, against the Vandals and the Ostrogoths.
1993 D. A. Welch Justice & Genesis of War (1995) iv. 104 Although revanche was extremely popular, few in France relished the prospect of the cost in blood and tears.
Tacky if you ask me
I still think this sculpture is 1) too big and 2) in the wrong location.
Union Carbide Building
All from a walk downtown before I left for China.