New (to me) Kazakhstan Blog

by Nathan Hamm on 11/28/2004

Via Amanda (who has a lot of great recent posts) comes Ryan Giordano. Check out this post:

For this month’s Kokshetau English Teachers’ Association meeting I did a fill-in-the-blanks listening exercise with A Tribe Called Quest’s “Check the Rhime”. Imagine me and a room full of middle-aged Kazakh women:
Me: Teachers! Fifer lets it rip into what?
Teachers: The microphone!
Me: He keeps his hoes in what?
Teachers: In check!
Me: And what goes out to all the wack emcees?
Teachers: The middle finger!

Ahhh, the life of an English teacher in Central Asia… I should probably mention that the University volunteer in my city referred her male students to me to explain all the wonderful new vocabulary they learned from Eminem tapes.

Anyway, Ryan’s great because he not only realizes the value of yelling at people, but he can eloquently defend it. (I do have to say that I only rode kupee or better though. Yes, I took first class when I could. It’s worth it.)


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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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