by Erin Elaine
Today was a pretty good day!
In one of the English classes, we were talking about house structures (apartments, houses, duplexes, etc) and the things you have inside the home (furniture, etc) and we were noting the differences between British English and American English. I learned some new words! At one point, a student was naming things you can find in a kitchen, and he said washing machine, which in Spain is absolutely correct. But then I explained to the class that in America, we don’t have washing machines in our kitchens – they’re usually found in bathrooms, basements, or their own small room. They thought this was pretty odd, and then I explained that washing machines in the United States are very very large and very very loud. Seriously, the washing machines here are tiny and so quiet. So I was telling them that we don’t have washing machines in our kitchens because we want to be able to eat a meal and talk to our family without listening to the GshGshGshGsh in the background. They thought I was exaggerating with my sound effect and they found it really hilarious, but I actually wasn’t exaggerating. It’s interesting discussing things like that because I hadn’t previously thought about why we put our washing machines where we do. But once you experience a different culture, you suddenly begin to think about things you would never think about otherwise.
Now I have to ponder how to solve the problem with my bank. They haven’t mailed me my debit card yet, and they close every day at 2:30 and they aren’t open on weekends. How do they expect working people to be able to go to the bank? Do they only want unemployed people as their customers? It makes no sense to me.