There was a talent show last night, featuring all of the English students, and I was the “chief judge,” along with Karima, a Mongolian faculty member and a Mongolian student who is in a band. A good time was had by all – we evaluated contestants on three criteria: accuracy of the English words; musicality of the singing performance; and stage presence. Having grown up with mp3s and karaoke, many of these students are incredibly gifted singers of English songs, with the vocal techniques and nuances of the superstars like Beyonce and Bruno Mars. The prizes were cakes – bought by the teachers – and the grand prize winner got a teeshirt featuring the Chicago Blackhawks. You’ll see me at the back – not the tallest! but the “blondest,” I guess.