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I Live In Chile Kindle Edition

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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Coordinator of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago 2012 & Edcamp Chile 2013, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago. Edcamp Chile 2013 was held at Universidad UCINF in Santiago de Chile. Thomas is also a past member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Liaison for Chile. Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of sixty five (65) books. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2335 KB
  • Print Length: 125 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EN3612G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By JGRWriter on 5 Jan. 2014
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"I Live In Chile" is another wonderful read by Thomas Jerome Baker. Time and again, I've said that I love to learn about different cultures. In the case of Thomas' newest release, I received all that I crave and then some. Most importantly, it's not about statistics, instead I Live In Chile focuses on the day-to-day lives of Chileans. From the landscape to way of life, their people, music, food and interactions.

Being a lover of culture from around the world, I have to admit that this book fed my need to learn about other countries/regions/lifestyles and so on, without being presented in a formal manner. Moreover, the author's background as "a foreigner" made the reading that much more appealing. I recall a time when I lived in Jamaica, for a year and a half to be exact. At that time, my request to everyone was that I be treated as a local, in order to experience life as a Jamaican. I didn't care to do all of the tourist features because those would not allow me to truly know what it meant to be a Jamaican. That feeling I am referring to is the very one that I encountered in "I Live In Chile". Baker gives a detailed account of "his Chile". And it fascinates me, since he was born in the USA and has since relocated to Chile, essentially going to a collectivist society. That's another point that interests me - blending with other societies. But oh, he gives you so much to think about that I could not possibly outline it all in a book review.

Might I add that Baker has an excellent sense of humor, combined with so much knowledge! Perhaps that is understandable considering he is a teacher, but I can only imagine the tremendous job he must do with his students. To be able to relate what he knows, or has come to know, in a manner that is just plain enjoyable.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Henry Summon on 6 Jan. 2014
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I Live In Chile is a very rare memoir. It is a personal perspective on the past twelve years that author Thomas Baker has spent living in Chile. Although he talks about the day-to-day lives of Chileans, the beautiful landscapes, the people, music, food, dance, customs, holidays and traditions, this is no travel guide. Rather, it is an extraordinary and passionate look into the heart of a man who has fallen in love with Chile.

This book will provide insights that are not found in regular travel guides about Chile. You will learn about Chile in a very informal way. A look at the table of contents prepares you for this special book. There is a prologue, in which the author uses a conversational tone, as if he were in an intimate conversation with the reader.

Most importantly, he shares that he knew absolutely nothing about Chile when he first went there. This allows the reader to discover the country with him. You are seeing Chile, and you are seeing his life in Chile, not as a tourist, but as someone who has come to have a deep and passionate love for Chile and its people. Thomas Baker has a sense of humor too, so do not expect this book to be serious and dry, with no fun. On the contrary, this man is enjoying his life in Chile, and his sense of humor clearly is a part of his life there. This book is definitely a must-read for anyone who has an interest in Chile.
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This is a warm and convincing story about the author's love for his country - Chile. Interestingly it is not his place of birth. He traveled there to teach English in 2001 but unlike many people he did not want to return home. Instead, he embraced his home and reveals to us a deep love and respect for this ancient land. Baker walks his reader across its vast mountains and through its deep valleys. He takes us on a vivid journey that is made better through intimate insights into his life and the day to day activities of the Chilean people.

This book is easy to read and offers the reader a deep insight into the relationship these warm people have with their striking landscape. Thomas Baker gives us a detailed and intriguing look at this interesting country. I, for one, want to visit Chile now after reading this great book and I will recommend it highly.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Ohn on 6 July 2014
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This non-fiction novella is a true embodiment of love for a country. From the first page, the author conveys his love for the South American country so well that you, as the reader, almost become as passionate about Chile as he is. The collection of experiences and amazing photographs serve as evidence of the grandeur of the places and events he talks about in the book.

The stories and experiences are biased, but it is not a bad thing; after all, we all have our own way of experiencing the same thing. And in this case, it is easy to see Baker's understanding of the country and relate to it as he has. And don't get me wrong, this is not simply a "love fest" for Chile; it is a complete account of a culture: language, landscape, country, and history - through foreign eyes.

The book contains hilarious exchanges between the author and his wife, links to background and historical information, and even videos filmed by the author or family members. This novella truly utilizes technology to provide a complete experience. It's almost as good as being there.

The writing is impeccable and elevated, yet easy to understand and visualize everything the author is trying to convey. Thomas Baker's skills with the English language show through on every page, and serve as a demonstration of his skills as an instructor. I recommend checking out some of his other books and novellas; they are all inspiring.
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