8 January 2013

The Trouble with Foreign Language Students.


One of the upsides of taking in Foreign Language Students is that they will play with your children.
One of the downsides is that they keep the opposite hours.

Another upside is that they can teach you and your children a foreign language.
Another downside is that this will invariably involve a silly trading of poo words (with the little ones) and evidently hilarious expletives and swearwords (us big ones).

They will play football with your kids and table hockey galore on a good day.
When they've been out the night (and morning) before you can't rely on them to do that, just as you've become used to a little slack while cooking for so many people.

You can send them to the corner shop when you run out of wine anything and they will gleefully go.
They will also cheerfully eat you out of house and home, should you permit them and regularly splatter your microwave with their frankfurter sausages which they might snack on three times a day because you don't.

A jar of Nutella lasts less than a week, which is a bad thing when you want to put it in the kids' porridge and it's all gone, but a good one if you're prone to eating it out of the jar and when you find it in the cupboard it's actually empty!


You get paid to 'host' them by their school, which works out well or the family wouldn't be able to eat (and see why I felt it necessary to take this decision in the first place HERE), but the schools who pay better will only see you through the Summer months, so you're forced to take them from the ones who pay considerably less, but not take it out on the Students who live with you throughout the winter.

They will bring you flowers when you're extra nice to them and big fat humungous bars of Swiss chocolate in January when you're sick of the sight of the stuff and you're dieting and you'll have to sneakily give it away without them noticing.


On the whole they're good company and fun to have around and the children adore them.  Occasionally we get a mad one, but eventually, whether we're happy or sad to see the back of them when they go home for their holidays, fortunately or unfortunately, the only real trouble with Foreign Language Students is that they have to come back!

20 comments:

  1. Haha! Why haven't I thought of doing that? Probably because there aren't too many foreign language schools around here :-(. Still, it would be nice to have a strapping young man around the place...once the daughter's gone off to Uni, that is!

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    1. the box for commenting won't appear, so I am commenting via a "reply".
      Don't worry it is my computer.

      What a great post. Really enjoyed.

      We get through a lot of Nuttella and we don't have an excuse :-)

      Liska xx

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    2. Claire, Curry Queen, The more strapping the lad, the more he eats and no, your daughter wouldn't be safe because this is often the first time they're let off the leash. I always say they arrive as boys and go home men!

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    3. Liska, New mum online, Glad you enjoyed it. I once got +1 score on Klout for an influence on Nutella!

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  2. We have taken in other borders over the years through the Katimavik program (now defunct) and it was wonderful. I always asked for a French speaking student in hopes my own children would practice their French (didn't happen). I loved the company, the children didn't, mind you they were in their teens. The teenage boy didn't like his space being invaded, and actually hubby was the same way. Luckily for them, it was only ever for a period of two weeks.

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    1. The men aren't necessarily so keen, but it's surprising how well the students fit and in and we all get on X

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  3. What a fabulous thing to be doing. An endless stream of motivated and enthusiastic people in your house. It sounds brilliant. Polly

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    1. No guesses where you'd like yours to be from! :)

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  4. Has your current one gone home then? Or do you have a new one? Loved the way wrote this. Lovely that your home has such an interesting injection of people - I can only imagine this is beneficial for the boys. We put nutella in our porridge too - YUM! XXX

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    1. They went home for Xmas but they're here a couple of months yet. Yes. it's always interesting and glad we're not alone on the Nutella front!

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  5. I think you are very brave (good hearted) to open your home to uncouth louts, otherwise know as students. I wouldn't worry so much about the nutella, watch the booze. x
    Sheila

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    1. Desperate rather than brave methinks Sheila! None of them driks as much as I do, so no worries so far!

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  6. ah all so true! we've been hosting for 3 years and it certainly has its advantages and disadvantages!

    one bonus i see of being a host family is the hilarious stories that you collect from the peculiar students or the regular students that do peculiar things.

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    1. That's good to hear - yes, I'm sure there's a book there somewhere!

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  7. I love that they bring out chocolate. Big long bars of toblerone would probably be my favourite!! Them teaching you poo in different languages maaaaay have its advantages if you happened to be stuck in another country and found yourself in a desperate situation?

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    1. My mum took students when we were young when Swiss and Belgian chocolate were unheard of here. I was rather spoiled by it and have never been that bothered about Cadburys or Galaxy. Maaaaaybe, at a push, yes. x

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  8. My ex (he wasn't my ex at the time (!)) took in students. The reason he is now an ex is because of one of said students. Nothing romantic happened between them apparently but 2.5 years of lying to me and covering up that she had been in contact just pushed me over the edge. I think why lie if there is nothing to hide? He has since apologised for the lies and cover ups. His reasoning: I "hated" her and "decided something was going on" (complete tosh) so he didn't want to mention her to me, even when I asked him direct questions and even when I found out they were lies some time down the line he continued to lie!

    That aside, I would still take in students. I agree with your whole post :)

    Jul x

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  9. When I have travelled on the continent, eg. France, Spain and Germany, etc, I have always found the people so refreshingly interesting, very knowledgeable and generally kind.

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    1. They say like attracts like! I happen to agree though ;)

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  10. This sounds like a really good idea, think I'll look into it more - the quantities of Swiss chocolate swayed me!

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