Uzbekistan i/ʊzˌbɛkɨˈstɑːn/, officially the Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzbek: O‘zbekiston Respublikasi or Ўзбекистон Республикаси, Üzbekiston Respublikasi) is a doubly landlocked country in Central Asia. It shares borders with Kazakhstan to the west and to the north, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to the east, and Afghanistan and Turkmenistan to the south. Prior to 1991, it was part of the Soviet Union.
I was talking to a friend about how frustrating it can sometimes be to be in classes with fellow students who aren’t as adept at their craft as their major of choice would seem to indicate.
I mentioned how some educational programs churn out teachers, who then return to their homelands with technical understanding of the English language but–in a strange disconnect–only a rudimentary grasp of it in practice.
I mentioned students returning to places such as Uzbekistan and attempting to teach English without having quite a firm grasp on the language. I actually spelled the country correctly on the first try. I knew nothing of the country and mentioned I wasn’t even sure if it still existed. Then I Googled it; the excerpt is from the totally scholarly source of Wikipedia.
The conversation and the Googling had zilch to do with my homework or my bedtime routine, but I needed something to distract me from the fudge brownies in my fridge (thanks, mom!). Unfortunately, my eyelids suddenly seem to have gained a few pounds. I’m either sleepy or being attacked by aliens. I vote the latter–seems like it’d be fun.
Still, to be on the safe side, I’ll clean off my bed and give in to Mr. Sandman. Maybe I’ll even spend some time with my right hand (although, she’s still mad at me for accidentally slicing into her while I was scraping the husband’s advertisement off my back dash.)