European Onion Sponsored Competitions

The Magyar Flag. (click to enlarge)It’s competition time in Hungary.  That means everyone’s competing at everything.  Who watches and judges all of these competitions?

Me (sometimes).

Here’s my list of positive and negative points about it:

Pros:

  • Making children feel good about themselves when they win.
  • Not having to teach all of my lessons.
  • Getting free food.
  • Getting paid extra.
  • Hearing presentations that teach me all about every famous person who ever did anything important in the world of math.  Ever.
  • Hearing a very smart girl call it the „European Onion” (being a competition, I wasn’t allowed to tell her that she just said the union of European states is a very pungent vegetable).

Cons:

  • Making children cry when they lose.
  • Teaching special lessons with a five minute notice.
  • Being stuck in school so long on Saturday that they decide to give me free food.
  • Same as previous answer except „money” can be substituted for „free food”.
  • Having to hear presentations that teach me all about every famous person who ever did anything important in the world of math.  Ever.  I sense a math teacher who requires some sucking up.
  • Hearing a different girl pronounce „colleagues” like „colleges” multiple times and not be allowed to correct her.
  • Somehow managing to set my keyboard so it writes my „quotation marks” in the Hungarian format (low and then high).

Overall verdict:  Hungarian competition season is exciting.  I’ll share more of the stories when I have time.  I want to use „quotes” one more time.

 

Hungarian word of the day:

Ingyenes

Pronounced Een-djyeh-nesh.  Thanks to my friend Csilla, I now know that this means something is free.  Whenever I see it, I will go find out what the free thing is.  I’m no longer going to be the man who’s missing out.