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eslandflteacher



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2004 1:46 pm    Post subject: The War in Iraq... Reply with quote

To those working in the Gulf region, how is the War in Iraq "playing" in the Gulf? How does this impact you as a teacher in the region?

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Bindair Dundat



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2004 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good question! I'd like to know if people --especially Americans-- are getting razzed by their students.
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Paul in Saudi



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2004 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, at least as far as my experience here in Saudi Arabia. All the excitement here is on the local festivities.

Even the teachers seem uninformed and uninterested.
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basiltherat



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2004 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would suggest that as long as the subject is not brought up (luckily,here, it hasnt been so far) , everybody seems to get along fine here. i guess syrians discuss it amongst themselves but we dont get involved. i think syrians realise that if they ever brought the subject up with us, we would feel really uncomfortable; so they dont .. and thats nice.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2004 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The topic is a no-no. So too of course are the usual areas of sex, religion, alcohol, drugs and politics.
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Gnocchiman



Joined: 23 Mar 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2004 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If we didnt' have television or newspapers, we wouldn't know there was anything going on in Iraq. My students have never talked about it nor the Arabic staff. It's just business as usual.
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khmerhit



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2004 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about italian food,is that off the menu too?
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DingirEnki



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2004 5:38 pm    Post subject: Re: The War in Iraq... Reply with quote

I'm in Oman and haven't had any problems as a result of the war. I occasionally talk about it to my students (in classes that are close-knit), but they are polite and respectful and haven't harrassed me or anything. In general, the Omanis are glad Saddam is gone but now they want the US out of there.

I know several Iraqis and we've talked about it as well. They're extremely grateful to the US for getting rid of Saddam, but feelings are getting stronger about the US leaving. Still no problems on a personal level, though. We've just had some very interesting, honest discussions.
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Gnocchiman



Joined: 23 Mar 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2004 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
What about italian food,is that off the menu too?


Nope-as long as it's pork-free. BTW, gnocchi is only served at the finest establishments Cool
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spicegirl



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gnocchiman for head waiter ... btw, aren't gnocchi plural?
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Albulbul



Joined: 08 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So it is many gnocchi but one WHAT ?

"gnoccho ?"
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khmerhit



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't gnoch it.
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spicegirl



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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2004 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2nd declension masculine, I think

singular

gnocchus
gnocchus
gnocchum
gnocchi
gnoccho
gnoccho

plural

gnocchi
gnocchi
gnocchos
gnocchorum
gnocchis
gnocchis
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scot47



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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2004 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought it said in the Treaty of Rome that the Italians had to abolish those Latin Declensions ! (apart for plural forms - even English has them !)
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Gnocchiman



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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2004 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, I guess we've established that the war in Iraq hasn't impacted our teaching here in the Gulf!

To use Khmerhit's imperative form of my "name":


Gnoch it off!!!! Mad

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