Tuesday, 14 February 2012


The other day I came across a very interesting day which I had never heard of. International Mother Tongue Day. You can read about it here. I had never heard of a day like that so you learn new things everyday. It's celebrated on 21 February. I then received a notice about it from the South African Translator's Institute (SATI) about an innovative way to celebrate this day from the organisation "Vriende van Afrikaans":

The "Vriende van Afrikaans" have a free, easy and fun way to mark International Mother Tongue Day on Tuesday 21 February 2012. We hope you will join in.
What must you do? Take a folding chair and a nice story and go and sit and read it out loud in a place where lots of people pass by. Or, if it's not possible for you to do so, arrange for someone else to.

When? At 11:00 on International Mother Tongue Day 21 February 2012.
What else? Invite someone who speaks one of our other official languages to join you and read a story aloud in his/her language.
For how long? You can read for a long as you are able or feel like it. You can even invite a few people to come and sit and listen.
Why? To raise awareness of reading, and how nice it is to read in your mother tongue. And besides, who doesn't like a good story?

Please encourage others to participate and let us know how people react. It can only be fun!

I thought this was a great idea! So how are you going to celebrate this day?

Also, seeing as it's Valentine's Day today, I thought I would also share with you the multilingual message SATI designed for use on your email signature:

Friday, 10 February 2012

Job opportunity

I don’t know if you know, but I teach English classes to a great group of Spanish kids in the evenings who provide me with endless amusement. The company is a very interesting e-learning startup company in Spain. Teachers give English classes remotely (you can be located anywhere in the world) and it's totally online.

The reason why I'm telling you this is that they are looking for more teachers and yours truly is the recruitment officer/course coordinator. So, readers, if you, someone you know or a friend of a friend of a friend is maybe interested,  here is the information:

Part time online English teacher

Speakywiki is looking for native English speakers to teach online English classes in a virtual classroom. As an online teacher you would enter one of our virtual classrooms and teach a class of 1-4 students from the ages of 3-12 years. We offer training on how to use our virtual classroom and teach the lessons. The lesson material is compiled by the company. Classes are 40 minutes long.

Hours: Flexible hours between 12:00-23:00 (GMT). Maximum 20 lessons per week.


·         Native English speaker (clear English accent) with lower intermediate level of Spanish

·         Fast reliable broadband (at least 4MB download speed)

·         No criminal record

·         No previous experience needed however working towards a university degree or in possession of one is a plus. 

·         Computer literate (training will be provided on how to use our virtual classroom)


·         Reliable

·         Good communication skills

·         Enthusiasm

·         Willingness to learn new technologies to teach

·         Commitment to education, schedule and timetables.

·         Disciplined and adaptable


·         Grading students’ performance after the lesson.

Email a short CV with the title of "English Teacher Application" to: jobs@speakywiki.com