A day in the life of…Christopher Manning

This Californian ex-pat negotiates packs of stray dogs, hangovers from Soviet-era teaching and finding a starting point with a multilingual class in Kyrgyzstan

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I was born and raised in Pasadena, California. One of my fondest childhood memories is waking up to the view of the San Gabriel Mountains. Luckily, I now live and work in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan. Here, I wake up each morning to a view of the Chon Aryk Mountains. It’s a sight that makes me feel at home.

Our school is located on the outskirts of the city, and I walk to and from work each day. My walk is an adventure in itself, although it is only a five-minute journey. The neighbourhood children spot me as soon as I leave the yard and immediately race to practise their English by ...

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