Present Perfect, Past Simple, and Empanadas

The girl has taught English:
She has taught the present perfect, she has taught the past simple, she has been patient, she has been proud, she has been impressed, she has been frustrated, she has felt like she has accomplished something good.

The girl has lived the city:
She has worked hard, she has watched her back, she has admired beautiful things, she has been disgusted with ugly things, she has navigated the concrete jungle, she has mastered the concrete jungle.

The girl left the city:
She washed the make-up off her face, she threw away her shoes, she had sand in her hair, she watched the sunset, she spoke in a foreign tongue, she swam, she was a dolphin that could survive inland, but for only a little while.

The girl cooked:
She didn’t have much money, but she didn’t need it, she bought a little flour, one egg, a handful of bananas and a piece of cheese, she mixed, she minced, she kneaded, she listened.
She didn’t have a rolling-pin, but she didn’t need it, she drank a bottle, she used the bottle.
She didn’t have meat, she didn’t have chicken, she didn’t need them, she filled the dough with salty queso, she filled it sticky bananas, she filled it with delicate white onion sprouts.

The girl has returned to the city:
She has taught classes, she has watched her back, she has worn make-up and shoes, she has been impressed, she has been disgusted.

She is dreaming about queso banana empanadas.


Original published Aprill 5, 2011, on tumblr as “El Presente Perfecto, El Pasado Simple y Empanadas”.


2 thoughts on “Present Perfect, Past Simple, and Empanadas

  1. Hello! My name is Kurtis Rumple. My family and I are planning on moving to Guayqauil in 2014. I am hoping to find a job teaching english there. Do you know of any schools that are looking for certified english teachers? Also, do you know what certifications are accepted in Guayaquil?

    Thanks for any help!

    • Hello!
      Sorry it’s taken me I while to get back to you… I’ve been on a bit of a break from blogging since I got back to NY. There are a lot of places where you can look. The language institutes are the first places usually, because they have websites and don’t require as much leg work as other places. I know of three in Guayaquil: InLingua, Southern Cross, and Wall Street. InLingua and Wall Street are both international, and Southern Cross is owned by a British/Ecuadorian couple. You can find them all online.

      If you are looking to work in a High School thats possible as well. In general you need a BA and a teaching certificate, but I know a girl who got a job teaching at a private high school with no BA, and another who was required to have a MA as well as the BA and teaching certificate, so it depends on the school. The only Guayaquil high school that I have any contact with is one run by the same owners as the Southern Cross language institute, so you can get in contact with him (the owners name is John) through that website.

      The other option is Universities. Most Unis are only looking for professors that have at least a MA. There are acception of course. I got a job at one without a MA because they technically hired me as a “volunteer” even though I was being paid. I have other friends who got University work without MAs by being hired as Elective professors, and still other who got hired straight out, even with just the BA. Obviously if you have an MA you should go for this. The pay is better, the classes are more fun, and you get to work with Uni students, which I found really fun.

      In terms of which ESL type certificate to go for, obviously the CELTA is the standard, but whether you need it depends on what kinda job you’re looking for. The language institutes sometimes hire people without any certificate at all, as long as you’re a native speaker. But you’ll obviously stand out more, and you could probably ask for more money if you have one. I wouldn’t worry about which one you for as long as it is an internationally recognized one. Ecuador is not as picky as some other countries I think. If you wanted to teach in Europe for example you probably need a CELTA or something equivalent, but that is less of a deal breaker in South America. If you have a BA, and are a native speaker, I would think that any certificate that isn’t crap would do.

      Hope this helps!

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s