Learning is funny – our teacher Lori
Hi, dears! Today we are having our first native-speaker of our English by Skype school in our "studio". So, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Lori Orchow!
Lori has already been working with our team for many years and she is a spectacular, funny, kind and very clever person. She has Russian routes and adores working with the students who speak Russian.
Now she lives in Las Vegas.
Did you know?
Las Vegas is the most populous city in Nevada, United States, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally renowned major resort city for gambling (азартная игра), shopping, and fine dining. Las Vegas, which bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World, is famous for its casino resorts and associated entertainment. A growing retirement (уход на пенсию) and family city, it is the 28th-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population by the U.S. Census Bureau of 583,756 as of 2010. At the close of the 20th century, Las Vegas was the most populous American city founded in that century (a distinction held by Chicago in the 19th century). The city's tolerance for various forms of adult entertainment earned it the title of Sin City, and this image has made Las Vegas a popular setting for films and television programs. There are numerous outdoor lighting displays on Fremont Street, as well as elsewhere in the city.
So not to reveal all the secrets about this wonderful heroine at once, let me share a wonderful conversation with her!
– Have you been working as a teacher all your life?
– Nope, I worked as a TV news reporter and in travelling industry. But many years ago I decided to try teaching. First I taught Asians, but they seemed a bit weird for me, that is why I was rather happy to work with Russians here in our school. I realized I wanted to help non-native English speakers learn English because I have studied German, French and Norwegian, and I understand how difficult a foreign language can be.
Besides I have a TEFL certificate and I am happy to help those students who are willing to pass TOEFL exam.
– Great! By the way, I know that you have some Russian routes, is it really so?
– Yeah, I have a deep heritage there. I would also like to visit this country more often. My last visit to Russia was in 2002, when I went there with my father with whom I had a very strong connection. During that trip we managed to see Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev.
– You mentioned that you are fascinated by Russian students. What is so special about them?
– They are funny and very sincere people. Really… they tell me so many funny stories. I have one student who is a professional musician. He always sends me his lyrics and waits for my appreciation. That is really great! And I help him when he needs to write something in English. He also promised to write "Thank you, Lori" on his CD.
– Did you have any funny stories with students?
– Well… the only thing I can say is that even if some of them have a party or drink much vodka the night before the lesson, they will still work hard and be at the lesson on time.
– So, you teach them English and do they teach you Russian?
– Of course! My favourite words are "сметана" and "баба яга". But to be frank, Russian is a rather hard language because of a great amount of flexions (окончания). As a result it is really difficult to build a grammatically correct sentence. But still I am trying to master it!
– Yeah, I wish you good luck in learning it! Do you know any other languages?
– I studied German and French in the university. And for all the people who learn a language I can advise the following things:
find a patient teacher who will try to work hard with you without any quarrels;
practice conversation all the time and every moment when it is possible;
do it with fun;
don’t be too serious as if you are talking to a President, don’t be afraid of mistakes.
– I guess we talk so much already about work. Let’s discuss those things that help you to relax.
"All But My Life: A Memoir" by Gerda Weissmann Klein
– Now we are going to talk about some things with which you occupy yourself during free time. So, what are they?
– Well, my favourite sport is ice-hockey, though Las Vegas is a rather hot city and there are not many ice-rinks here.
All my family is into hockey… my son, who is 15 years old, likes Alexander Ovechkin and wears his number 8 while playing hockey.
Some interesting facts about Alexander Ovechkin
Alexander Ovechkin is a Russian professional ice hockey left winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). Prior to playing in the NHL, Ovechkin played for HC Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague for four seasons from 2001 until 2005. Ovechkin was the first overall selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, drafted from Dynamo after 3 seasons with the club. Since the 2004–05 NHL season was lost because of a lockout, Ovechkin remained with Dynamo for one more season before transferring to the NHL for the 2005–06 NHL season, in which he won the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year, scoring 52 goals and 54 assists to lead all rookies with 106 points.
– You are so active! I think that you are fully into travelling.
– You are right, Helen! To my mind the best way of travelling is taking a cruise. I have already taken 19 cruises and I am not going to stop!
– I am sure you would also like to take a cruise with Gerard Butler, I know it’s your favourite actor. You are a real life-lover! What makes you upset, or what don’t you like in general?
– I don’t like when people aren’t sincere and lie… It’s also rather hard to lose close people. Mmmmm… The food which I hate includes avocados, eggs and oranges. I have a rather funny story about this stuff. When I was young I visited my boyfriend’s mother. She served avocados, unfortunately she didn’t know about my dislikes. I had to eat them, of course, because I would feel uncomfortable if I didn’t. I did it so quickly that boyfriend’s mother thought I liked that food. Then she brought more avocados for me!
– Well-well! Lori, if you visit our office we will not treat you with avocados and oranges with eggs for sure! Now I thank you for a warm talk and great mood and fun!
P.S. Lori made a short video for you, dears, with some tips for improving your English. Enjoy it!
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