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Episode Info: ecause I love that way of greeting people. Unfortunately, I don't think that's quite as possible. But yeah, and maybe making some empanadas and some of those food traditions. I'll definitely be bringing the music back. There will be cumbia and regaeton and trip in my home. I think that it will be a bit of a surprise for my family. Paige: I think an amazing thing about Mariah is she, y'know, was in Chicago working in marketing, decided to make not only a geographical change but a career change and came here and really fell in love with teaching. Mariah: Yeah, I did.Paige: And not only is it something that she wants to do here, but when she goes back, she wants to continue that, and that's going to be here new career path back in the US. So, tell us a little bit about some of your best experiences or moments teaching here that you really felt like: "This is my passion, this is what I want to do as a career."Mariah: Yeah. I was really overwhelmed when I first started teaching here. I wasn't sure if I was capable of it, and I had so much to learn about pedagogy and about how to teach prepositions and how to teach prepositions and how to teach conditionals and phrasal verbs and all of those things that are so confusing for students... they're hard to teach, right? Being an English speaker doesn't make you an English teacher. And so I think that I spent a lot of time teaching myself how to be a teacher, but also my students showed me how. And that was the amazing, mutual part of this experience, and that's when I realized that this is what I want to do because as I was teaching students, I was learning so much as well... whether it was about their career field, my students who worked in agriculture or pharmacy or exporting or maybe they were a merchant marine... or just an avid traveler that wanted more vocabulary for their next trip. I was learning so much from them, and I loved that. It was really exciting. It still is. And I had some really neat experiences where students... maybe they came back from a business trip, and they told me: "Mariah, I used to understand nothing, and now I understand 60%. Or, some of my favorite students have little kids, and we would get to chat after every class. When I was originally learning Spanish... now I can speak enough to communicate myself well... but in the beginning of this experience, I didn't, and their kids would give me Spanish homework. They would invent their own Spanish homework and give it to me, and I think that that speaks to the connection that teaching allows for, and that was when I realized that... this isn't just about teaching a skill or giving people tools. It's about making a real and important connection and both people learning so much from that. Paige: It's incredible, and I think that's why so many of us at Dynamic still do it. And so... you're back in Minnesota, you plan to continue teaching, right?Mariah: That's the hope, yeah. I think that until I get my feet on the ground and figure out what I'm doing next, I'll be volunteering at an ESL school where immigrants and refugees in the United States learn English. And then I'll either be looking toward graduate school for education or education related jobs that I can hop into right away. So, I'll be looking towards both and seeing how the chips fall. I'm not exactly sure yet, but I'll figure it out.Paige: I bet you will. And I know that me, at CWG, everyone at Dynamic, everyone that listens... there will be a huge void that will never be filled with you being gone. It's been incredible doing this podcast with you, and I will miss you dearly.Mariah: Thank you. I'll definitely miss you too. And thank you to the listeners who have spent either fifteen minutes or fifteen hours listening to my voice. It's been very, very fun talking about all these topics, and I hope that you've gotten as much out of it as I have. Thanks again for listening... I won't be talking to you soon, but Paige will be. And, we hope that you'll continue to tune in to Coffee with Gringos.KEY VOCABULARY, PHRASES, AND SLANGIt's been an awesome run (phrase) - it’s been a great experienceHead back (phrasal verb) - to returnExample: After almost two years in Chile, I’m heading back to Minnesota.Surreal (adjective) - unrealExample:  It feels a little bit surreal to be saying goodbye.Archive (noun) - a collection of historical recordsExample: If you ever miss me, you can find episodes with my voice in the archives!Look back (phrasal verb) - to reflectExample: This episode, we’ll look back on Mariah’s time in Chile.Takeaway (noun) - a key idea or lesson that emerges from an experienceExample: What were some of your biggest takeaways from your experience in Chile?Corny (adjective) - stereotypical or very sentimental (cursi)Example: As corny as it sounds, I learned what your heart is capable of in terms of making connections with people and really building a community.-wise - related toExample: Do you think you'll bring anything culture-wise, custom-wise, maybe even piscola-wise, food-wise back to the US?Move on (phrasal verb) - to continueExample: Sometimes people are impatient with social events and think: When do I move on to the next thing?A cap (noun) - a limit or endExample: Now, I don’t like putting a cap on the time I spend with people.......
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