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Hungary to Teach

A Teacher's Adventure in Paprika and Pronouns
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Where it all began...
Where I'm from!
Foooooooood!
(clearly the most important part of any culture...)
Hungary +
non-GMO = awesome
Meat, meat, more meat...
...and bread...
...but it's all Nagyon Finom!
My Favorites:
Lángos
Gulyás
Kürtőskalács
Pogácsa!!!
Kakaós Csiga
Kinder Hippos! (Thanks, Szándi!)
Pálinka
O.
Wilton's favorites:
Lángos
Gulyás
Pörkölt
Kürtőskalács
Töltött Káposzta
Paprika

M.
G.
Before Pálinka
After Pálinka
A few other food notes...

Junk food is more expensive than healthy food.
Snacks are not as common, nor are fried appetizers.
Salads are not as available as they are at home.
Ketchup is often not free at restaurants.

Hungary to Teach

A teacher's adventure
in paprika and pronouns...

Brittany Carlino
Fulbright Classroom Exchange Teacher
Veres Pálné Gimnázium
Budapest, Hungary

Washington D.C.. July 2013
28 CTE Fulbrighters
US-Hungarian Exchange partners!
Let the adventure begin.
Schools
Community-oriented
Student-centered
Recognized
Great teachers
US School:
Great Valley High School
HU School:
Veres Pálné Gimnázium
1300 students
ages 14-18
Suburbs
No application
600 students
ages 12-20
City
Application only
August 6...
Literature
Writing
Debate
Analysis
Not
: Language or Grammar
At GV, I teach...
The Biggest Differences
International Classroom
I have my own classroom, with a lot of space and gadgets!
We do not choose the kids we teach.
...and I only teach 5 lessons a day to 5 different groups of students.
...and my schedule is the same every day.
I had a lot to learn REALLY fast!!
all this means...
At GV...
End of Year Reflections
I love the community of the classes and the school overall. You can
feel
it when you walk in the school. I feel home here.

I am so, so, so impressed with the English skills I hear and experience with my own students and others in VPG.

I have learned so much about my own language to take back with me.

I have never experienced so much cheating in my life.

Deadlines seem to be optional.

I wish kids would participate more in critical thinking discussions.

We have an American keyboard!!!
The Z goes there, darn it!
And where is the @ sign??
VPG = 10 classrooms
13 (!) different groups of students
+ a different timetable every day!
The issue of respect.
It means different things
in different cultures.
Neither cultures' kids
are more or less respectful
than the other.
other things we don't have time to discuss!
What has made it all worth it...
Kampány 2013 and pride in 11e
Class Christmas Trek with 9Ny
Szalgavató & Ballagás with 13E
Creating pen pals between 4 different classes!
Skype sessions with HU and US kids
Sports Night!
Project Day tea with 9e
Watching my students grow and learn.
My amazing, amazing colleagues...who are now friends.
Collectivist Culture
vs.
VPG
Each
class
has an identity
Kampány has a
class
winner
Prom is about the
class
dances
No names are read at graduation
The tabló is about the
class
.
GV
There are no "classes"
Homecoming has a
king
and
queen
Prom is about
individual
dates
Each
individual
name is read
There is a yearbook of
individuals
It all shapes students' behavior and beliefs.
so far...
Hungarianisms*
Magyar life from an outsider's point of view...
Restaurants
No free refills
Service is often not with a smile
Servers smoking right near the food
Selling roses in restaurants??

Outdoor seating available almost all year long!
Cafe Culture = city returning to life in Spring
Efficient silverware presentation!
Coffee is an event.
Random Point: Sparkling water with a cappuccino + pretty setup!
Brightly colored hair
Colored Stockings
Matching Stockings to the rest of the outfit
Colorful Pants
Impressive, detailed manicures
EXPENSIVE CLOTHING!!
Performances
Clapping & Curtain Calls
Fashion
...so much to learn!!!
1: I realize that "Magyar life" is a generalization and my observations cannot and will not be about all of Hungary or Hungarians!
2: Some of these things might be "city" things that also happen in the US, but me as a suburbs kid never experienced them!
*Important Notes!
Vastaps!!!
So many bows!
Point #1: Strength!
Point #2: Coffee to go
Moving about the city...
Getting on =
Once on...
...a következő megálló...
?????

Getting off = Be prepared early!
He was JUST cooking!
Final Sentiments: Me
HU
US
Love how simple this is!!
= no go
Thank you for having me...all year long.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged
to find the ways in which you yourself have altered
.
-Nelson Mandela

Final Sentiments: You
EXPLORE
THE WORLD!!
Take RISKS.
Be
HUMBLE
in your pursuit of knowledge.
Remember that
no one is typical.
Seek
many stories
and ideas and experiences before judging anything.
www.savefulbright.org
Really Random things...
LOVE big windows + outdoor shades!
Why no screens???
Shower curtains??
So.many.keys.
So.many.locks.
Scented TP?
No voicemail?
Beszélek egy kicsit magyarul
I
hepehupa
kukac
csuklás
kütyü
leves
irgum burgum
Kedvencek:
Nem értem...
...dog poo everwhere!!
vs.
I honestly do not miss my car!
I
and BP public transport is fantastic.
Random things...
Hallway make-out sessions??
Pencil cases!!!
Chalkboard vs. Whiteboard = chalk all over me all the time!
10 am szendvicsek!!
HU coffee is really like espresso.
And too strong for me!
And we do have really, really good coffees in the US! So try them!
I have great pride in being an American.
LOVE the music I sometimes hear
from the piano in the aula.
No set lunch time = really, really rough.
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