Planned U-Bahn Strike Tomorrow, Friday 13 April 2018

A planned strike will impact the U-Bahn service tomorrow, Friday 13 April. It will include all U-Bahn and tram service in the Frankfurt area, and this means that the U3 train will not service the Oberursel area.

Note: The strike will not impact regular public bus service or the S-Bahn.

Here is a translated version of the RMV’s official closure notice.

More information about the service disruption can be found (in German) at rmv.de.

 

School Life in South Korea and Finland

South Korea and Finland – what a stark contrast in school life.

Student life in South Korea: cram school till midnight, four hours of sleep are the norm, school attendance in high school till 10pm, high cost of cram school education, study for exams only, pressure to get into a top-notch university, etc.

Finnish students have a 20-work school week. This allows them to spend this extra time outside of school to do practical things:  meeting friends, spending time with family, having time to earn some money on the side, reading for pleasure, etc.

Classic Scrabble

For decades this board game has been an all-time favorite. It was invented in the U.S.A. in 1948, and this classic wooden Scrabble was first sold in the UK in the 1950s. It is available in more than 30 languages. More than 100 million games have been sold worldwide.

This game is suitable for kids, adults and learners of English of all ages. It can be great fun, and it is educational as well.

It has 100 polished wooden tiles, 4 wooden tile racks and a classic game board based on the original 1950s design.

For more information or to order, click on the image below.

Quote of the Day

Be proud of your pain, for you are stronger than those with none. – Lois Lowry

It’s a rare occasion for me to have actually met the author of a published quote. In this case, I have. Lois Lowry came as a guest speaker to Frankfurt International School (FIS) many years ago. At that time, we had a chance to talk – about both of our years spent in Japan (hers as a military child and mine much later as a young wife), and how she lost a son on military duty in Germany. Her son, a USAF major, was killed in the crash of his fighter plane in 1995.

This quote immediately brought her loss to mind.

More on that fateful day, 30 May, 1995, in the article Placing Blame at any Cost by Mark Thompson: http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,135113,00.html

Her book, The Giver, for which she received the Newbery Medal, can be found here (for learners of English at B1 language proficiency level):

The Expat Teacher’s Guide to Buying Property

Jim Rogers, an expat fellow teacher, whom I’ve known for about 20 years, has just published his experience on how to buy property while living overseas.