Brazilan Culture Day @ ACET

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Last Friday, a Brazilian Culture Day was held at the school. The aim of the day was to explore and celebrate aspects of Brazilian culture right here in the middle of Cork! As part of our Brazil Day everyone in the school was encouraged to wear Brazilian colours, so green and yellow dominated throughout the school for the day!

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 Throughout the day we sampled some Brazilian treats and our students from Brazil were delighted to have a day at the school in celebration of their culture. The highlight of the day was Patrick’s Capoeira demonstration in The Wellington Room after class. Patrick from our teaching staff is a Capoeira enthusiast and participates at national level for Ireland. He gave an enthralled audience an insight into the history and background of Capoeira followed by an impressive demonstration with his sidekick, Gringo. Those in attendance got an impressive display of the martial art and some students even expressed interest in taking up Capoeira as a result!

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Love Is In The Air!

Love is in the air at ACET this week! 

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Today in Ireland we associate Valentine’s Day with customs of purchasing flowers, chocolates, jewellery and the exchange of greeting cards. However these customs have only come into existence in the second half of the 20th Century. February 14th was originally a day in recognition of a third century Roman martyr, Saint Valentine.

 We have asked our students from around the world if Valentine’s Day is celebrated in their country and what traditions they have when celebrating it.

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Out Catalan students tell us that in Catalonia the legend of Sant Jordi is celebrated on the 23rd of April each year. This celebration surpasses Valentine’s Day in Catalonia. A book or a single rose is often exchanged between couples and also friends.

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Our Omani students say that Valentine’s Day exists in Oman but it is not as commercialised an event as it is in the Western countries.

 Our students from France say that the French Valentine’s customs are similar to those in Ireland.

Our Swiss students have said that Valentines is also a big day on February 14th, but that   a singles day on the 13th February is also on the rise!

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Our Korean students say that while Valentine’s Day takes place on February 14th  there is a different custom in Korea. Women give presents to the men primarily. There are also several other special dates in Korea. For example White Day on March 14th is the day when men  give gifts to women.  Black Day takes place on April 14th. This is day for single people to celebrate!

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Our Brazilians say that in Brazil Valentine’s Day occurs on June 12th . Similar to here it is a commercial event which sees restaurants, florists and hotels offering Valentine’s weekend offers.

In Venezuela , people meet with friends and exchange small gifts quite similar to the Secret Santa custom at Christmas time. This way everybody gets a gift.

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We hope that you enjoy Valentine’s weekend.

Lots of love from the ACET team !!

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New Year’s Resolutions!

It’s less than three weeks into 2015 and we have all returned back into the routine of daily life, but are those New Year’s Resolutions lasting?

We decided to ask some of our students and staff what New Year’s Resolutions they have made for 2015.

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“I had hoped to quit smoking…but it hasn’t worked for me so far.”

MohamMohammed Al Qasmi “I’m going to find a girlfriend this year”. Mohammed Al Saadi “is going to get more sleep by going to bed earlier each night.”

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“I need to get a driving licence and learn to drive.”

 Sandrine

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“I have none. I’m awesome already!”

Joelle Joelle

“To stick to the wheat free diet.”

 Odile

Odile

“To keep up the yoga and make (and drink) juice.”

 Vicky

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“To make my own lunch for work…and to try and keep it for lunch rather than eat it as a second breakfast.”

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Happy New Year!

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Out with the old, in with the new, may you be happy the whole year through.

Happy New Year!

Questions & Answers with……

Mohammed Said Hamed Al Rawahi

MohammedWhat age are you?

19

Where are you from?

Oman.

What do you hope to study when you have completed your English studies?

Next year I hope to study civil engineering at the University of Warsaw in Poland.

What do you enjoy most about ACET?

I like meeting students from different parts of the world.

Was it a daunting experience when you arrived in Ireland first?

No. It was an exciting experience.

Do you enjoy living in Cork city?

Yes. I think that people in Cork are much friendlier than in Dublin. People here in Cork say hello to each other on the streets, even if they don’t know you. I also prefer the nightlife here.

Do you enjoy Irish food?

I love an Irish Breakfast!

Do you miss your family and friends at home in Oman?

Yes of course. But I communicate with them a lot online and by phone.