Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Over There!

Janie talked to Rachel (our coordinator) today and she told us our dossier arrived in country yesterday and is off to be translated. Another hurdle crossed and one less reason for worry. So far, I have to say I'm a big fan of Fed Ex!

A couple of little hints for those of you still working on dossiers:
a) sign in blue ink
b) use your full legal name
c) make sure your notary paragrah is correct
d) double check everything (if possible with the agency) before you send it off to the consulate
e) relax - ok, try to relax

Now that our dossier is out of our hands, we have embarked on a new adventure - learning Vietnamese. We found a deal through a local library where we can get free access to the Rosetta stone software. I would highly recommend it, though the learning-through-immersion approach can be intimidating at first. However, after a few sessions, things start to click. Janie is a pro already, I have enough vocabulary to say "there is a blue cat" - you gotta start somewhere.

And of course, once I master Vietnamese, there are 28 other languages to tackle, including Mandarin, Arabic, and Swahili!

In other news, we will be out of town for a few days visiting Janie's family. We are looking forward to good food, family, and filling everybody in on our favorite subject.


Blogger Martiel said...

First of all, YAY! To being so close to the finish line!

Second, I am tripping on the banner with the globe on it! If you read the blog below it or look at the blue cat, from the corner of your eye the globe will be turning and then look at the globe and it is stationary as in NOT TURNING?! Trip out.

Third thing, have you ever noticed that at most nail salons, the people who work there speak Mandarin?...My thought on this is Janie can practice her Mandarin while getting a manicure! Always a great excuse for getting a mani-pedi!

(This is only from observation, and is not in any way trying to stereo type nail salons)

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