Hello!! Man, I have had a good day! It poured all day—poured! We’re not talking the kind of rain where you can run in between the drops and stay dry. Nope, we’ve had a delightful, soaking spring rain most of today and yesterday too, and all the colors are vibrant and the air smells sweet. I love it.
Time flies when you’re studying and have a lot to do. I got a lot done, but not everything I had hoped.I am working on lining up some work for myself for the summer. I will most likely be monitoring some Cambridge English exams in June (“invigilating,” as the Brits say. Isn’t that a weird word?). I am also applying to work for Adecco at the Euro2008 football festivities that will be taking place here in Basel. Championships or something like that…anyway, the job is catering/food service essentially for VIPs.
Now, as you know, there are a lot of hazards to living in a foreign country, not the least of which is the chance that your friends will take your requests for language help as a chance to poke fun at you.
I found the Adecco job posting online earlier, and I was working on a nice application letter, mostly in English, but I was going to open and close in German for good measure, and I needed a little help.
“hey, really quick, what do you say when you're starting a business letter to a woman? sehr something something something?
“ ‚Sehr Geehrte Frau…..’ That one?"
"yeah, that one. Danke“
"ok, now how do you close a business letter? I need to say something REAL nice...but not too nice..."
"Ich liebe diese Arbeit und will einmal professionelle HotDog Verkäuferin werden"
Fortunately I can read some German...enough to know that means something like "I love this work and I want to be a professional hotdog saleswoman again"!
I told him he was no help whatsoever, and he tried to insist that that would do the trick, and I’d thank him later.
Adecco requests a photo with the application, so I’ve been weighing my options. I’m thinking this might be a good one, and it’s not too old--Just last summer…what do you think? I think it really shows that I'd be a good hire.
I also may be working at the African Studies department editing a collection of conference papers for publication. That would actually be interesting and fun! I love editing, and it’s a bit better for my resume than selling hotdogs, I guess. But I bet I’d end up with great stories if I worked the tournament! I will keep you posted…