LMTs help teach Kosovo citizens
July 17, 2013
SHTIME, Kosovo - Members of Liaison Monitoring Team Five, Joint Regional Detachment - East, presented a series of English language questions to members of the Shtime administrative building in Shtime July 11.
The English classes, which have been going on for over a month, help bring the people of Kosovo closer to the NATO-led Kosovo Forces mission and its personnel, said U.S. Army Pfc. Kevin Garcia, a member of LMT-5.
"It builds a rapport with people and builds confidence," Garcia, a native of El Monte, Calif., said. "We're not only here to patrol the area. We're here to converse, get to know them, see how they're doing."
The class ran through a series of questions, each one meant to place focus on a series of important words and phrases. The LMT taught the class about who, what, when where, why and how, and then moved on to actions.
According to Gazmen Krivca, an interpreter working with LMT-5, the idea originally came from the mayor of Shtime, who thought it'd be better for his employees to know English when working with their multinational partners.
Through the class, LMT-5 has built a rapport with the people in Shtime.
"We are much closer to them now," said Krivca. "Besides the English class, we can discuss business. They have more freedom to approach us, tell us about their problems. We feel as if we're a part of them now."