A comment piece in reaction to the hate and love against Romania in the British press, published in Romanian on If you believe The Daily Mail, all Romanians are benefit frauds, pickpockets and secret millionaires of a specific minority and Romania is a country of mud-huts, sick horses, starving dogs and gated palaces of gold-plated window-frames and weather-cocks, built on the theft from hardworking British families. In Romania, people answer the phone even when they speaking at a podium in a conference or while they are giving birth. As a journalist, I can’t believe I am giving this advice to Romanian politicians, but please, please, please stop talking to journalists. If a woman in the public eye takes time on her appearance, she is labelled a “whore”, but if she chooses not to, she is a “tramp”. If you suggest starting a new venture, they will says yes to collaborating (I am aware this contradicts a previous statement).
But if you believe the The Guardian, all Romanians are gorgeous students destined to be UN Secretary General or Apple CEO and their country is an unspoilt paradise of rolling hills, organic farmers and playful bears. They rarely say anything of much significance, but they sure are friendly. They spend all day talking to reporters and all evening talking on chat shows. DON’T LIKE Sexism: Why is it that when Romanian men walk into a crowded room, they shake all the hands of the other men, but avoid physical contact with the women? Men are judged on what they say, women on how they look – it’s pathetic. But this country need Feminism like it needs working traffic lights and free and fair elections. I have friends and family in the UK whom I have not spoken to for ten years over a small argument some drunken evening, the reason for which I cannot remember. DON’T LIKE Deadlines: Why can’t Romanians stick to deadlines? LIKE Ingenuity: Give a German a lighter, he will see a piece of plastic, a barrel, a flint and a small amount of petrol. The venture may be popular, admired and innovative, the only downside being – it probably won’t make money.
Romania’s English teachers come together in regional TEFL associations, which form RATE, an IATEFL affiliate.
To see information about each of these associations, please see the links in the top menu: The yearly national ELT conference is organised in turn, by one of the above regions, in the following order: BETA, CETA, MATE, TETA.
Initially, it’s tedious but you get used to it and start to be more patient. Due to little traffic and minimal stops, we made it there in a record breaking 4 and a half hours.