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COMMONERS VOICES

ESL for Croatian Youth (without the sexism)

Croatia is a small beautiful country best known for its turquoise beaches, sprawling national parks, delicious food and stellar football team. But did you know that Croatia is also a young democracy struggling to develop socially and economically, with wages so low most Croatians cannot afford to go to their own beaches, and working conditions so poor that we have one of the highest emigration rates in the Western world?

Two important factors preventing progress are an outdated education system and ultra-conservative gender norms that slow women's empowerment - a key driver of development.

As an example, here is an excerpt from the textbook used in 2018 to teach English in Croatian public schools.

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Since our Ministry of Education isn't going to do it, help me crowd-source new "humorous guidelines for living" for Croatian girls and boys. I'll start, and you contribute in the comments!

Humorous Life Guidelines for Croatian Youth

  1. Don't worry about what people think, they don't do it very often.
  2. Common sense is like deodorant. The people who need it most never use it. Be extraordinary and use both!
  3. Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is that you are foolish and made bad decisions.
  4. Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself. - Groucho Marx


NOW YOU GO!

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10 Comments

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ph00mer

August 08, 2018 at 15:57

Don't worry if your Plan A fails, there are plenty more letters in the alphabet!

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Anonymous

August 08, 2018 at 16:25

When life shuts a door, open it again. That's how doors work.

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rwczktxl941

August 08, 2018 at 17:16

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

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rwczktxl941

August 08, 2018 at 17:16

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!

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ysatbdpc991

August 08, 2018 at 21:10

It’s all good in the end, if it’s not good, then it’s not the end.

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Anonymous

August 08, 2018 at 21:22

No matter what anyone tells you, no one was born with a Rolex on their wrist or a pair diamond earrings on their ears. We were all born naked (hopefully....)

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ysatbdpc991

August 08, 2018 at 21:24

You Only Live Once - Y.O.L.O - well, this life anyways...

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ysatbdpc991

August 08, 2018 at 21:32

Please know the difference between: 1. They’re - referring to ‘they are’ , for example: They are going to the market today. 2. There - referring to a location, for example: I am going over there (referring to the market) 3. Their - referring to something that belongs to a person/people, for example: I spoke to Lisa and her husband last night, this is their market.

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Skirtijan Jovnić

August 08, 2018 at 21:33

If you get a finger up your ass dont be suprised its called "lika handschake" (common practice among croatian judges)

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rptewgzq742

August 09, 2018 at 05:11

Never assume malice when stupidity will do.