Hello everyone, I'm Teacher Ron and I'd like to tell you a little bit about me.
In different countries students address me in many ways, for example: in Thailand I'm called Aajaan Ron by some and Khru Ron by others; in India Guru-ji Ron, but often Ron Sir; in other places I'm simply known as Mr Ron or Teacher Ron.
I've been involved with teaching in some form or another for about 30 years now - wow! I really enjoy working with people and especially enjoy teaching English as a second Language to people from all around the globe.
I'm a Canadian from Vancouver British Columbia Canada. Okay right away I have to say that I have been to many places in the world and British Columbia and Vancouver are among the most beautiful of them. Here's a link if you want to see why. Vancouver rests on the shore of the Pacific Ocean on the west coast of Canada. It is Canada's gateway to the Orient as the first major seaport for sea vessels heading to North America from Asia.
Vancouver's relatively mild climate and easy access from Asia make it a favourite travel destination for Asian visitors. Greater Vancouver has a very big Asian population; many people I meet from Japan, China, Phillipines, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, and other places are so familiar with Vancouver Canada that when we exchange the names of countries we are from, I can often just say "Vancouver" and people know it right away. Many have friends or family that live in Vancouver or have traveled to Vancouver.
Many people have moved to Canada from Europe and other parts of the world too, so it is very diverse and in fact, many people can live here knowing how to speak only basic English because their communities are so well represented.
I have always been interested in meeting people from different cultures, and I think that is partly because of my environment when I was growing up. As a child I actually lived in northern British Columbia, also on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, in a relatively small town of about 10,000 people. The industry brought a lot of workers from many countries, mostly European from Italy and Portugal but Greece and others too. I spent a lot of my very young years trying to understand what my friends mothers were saying to me (hehehe), it makes me smile to look back now because I just thought it was part of everyday life at the time.
When I was about 5 years old I had a neighbour from Scotland. He was a few years older so we didn't hang out that much, but his mother used to give me his books from Scotland and I spent hours and hours translating them by turning pages back and forth and comparing pictures for this "strange" English Language story content - luckily they were like cartoon-style books with drawings to help tell the story.
That was the beginning of my interest in languages, and I was always intrigued by the portrayal of people and their cultures in drawings and magazine photographs and stories. I was bitten by the wanderlust bug at a very young age and travelled as soon as I was able. Over my lifetime, exposure to a fantastic variety of people and their cultures has led me to so many unique and wonderful experiences so far; and it continues to this day.