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Grandfather from Switzerland - can I get EU passport?
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scot47



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 5:12 am    Post subject: Switzerland, Mexico, I don't understand. Mexico isn't in EU Reply with quote

If you can't understand irony then you should not be teaching English.

Switzerland is not part of the EU and Mexico is not part of the USA. Get it ?

Next time I will explain everything in simple words for the benefit of the semi-literate who cruise these boards.
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rogan



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scot,
It seems that many of our 'colleagues' are intellectually challenged as well as geographically challenged Wink
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lajzar



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If you can't understand irony then you should not be teaching English.


Scot, that isnt realistic. While I and every other person who has spent significant time in the British Isles appreciate your attempt to rig the job markets in our favour, there just aren't enough of us to go around. Like it or not, the Americans are good for something Very Happy
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scot47



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

good for what ?
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PrimaryTeacher



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 11:43 am    Post subject: IMHO Reply with quote

IMHO, sarcastic blasts are always off topic.
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shmooj



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found out recently that not only do you have to be a US citizen to be President of that country but also actually born there. What gives with this? Being born overseas - why should that disqualify you from leading the country? Rolling Eyes

The good news re this is that Arnie can never be President even if he became Governor of California!
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dyak



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 1:30 pm    Post subject: re: the land of the free Reply with quote

Not only do you have to be born in America, you have to be from the same blood line as all the other US Presidents, for that’s how that particular ‘democracy’ works.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 2:04 pm    Post subject: USAnians Reply with quote

Sarcasm or Irony ?
If it is from me it is Irony. From someone else it is sarcasm.

Seriously though observers including Bill Bryson have commented on the inability of USAnians to comprehend irony.

But I can't help feeling that people should know more about the world beyond the USA. Believing that Switzerland is part of the European Union is akin to believing that New Mexico is not in the US or that Nova Scotia is part of that wonderful Union.

Why do so many Americans know so little of the world outside ?
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shmooj



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.eslcafe.com/forums/job/viewtopic.php?p=41501&highlight=#41501

So you weren't being sarcastic to drac there then? Rolling Eyes
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lajzar



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have no intention of ever going there, I can understand not knowing about the EU or Switzerland. But for someone who is intent on gaining citizenship to not know what is within and without the borders, that is just bad.
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shmooj



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2003 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lajzar.... Laughing

Yeah... didn't think of it that way.

For those still at undergraduate level, what Lajzar has pointed out: this is a definition of irony.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2003 11:35 am    Post subject: World Citizens ? Reply with quote

I revise my question. It is not just USAnians who know and care little about the worldoutside their borders.

I will ask the question thus :

"Why is it that so many people attracted to jobs in TESOL know little about the world outside their own cabbage patch ?"
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grahamb



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2003 6:43 pm    Post subject: Worldy-wise Reply with quote

Can I go to Nova Scotia or New Caledonia with a Scottish passport?
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Albulbul



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2003 4:38 am    Post subject: EU Reply with quote

My grandfather was an illegitimate son of the King of Ruritania. Now that Ruritania is joining the EU can I apply to become King ?
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Olympian



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2003 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, A from june 2002, A swiss passport basically works like an EU passport. If you want to work in Europe, then you have no legal concerns if you have a Swiss passport. You will be given residency automatically, if you have both a swiss passport and a job in the EU.
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