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Do you know a teenager in a non-English-speaking country who would be willing to answer our interview questions?
If you wish to contribute, contact Christine at the Culture Club.
The questionnaire is available in a variety of languages.

What to do with these interviews?
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Camila
ARGENTINA
Jera and Sewon
SEOUL
Vitali
RUSSIA
Rodrigo
PORTUGAL
Corinna and Sarah
ITALY

July 2011

This month we have an interview with Ghizlane, a girl from Morocco.
Thank you, Ghizlane, for agreeing to be interviewed.
Also thank you to Mbarek Akaddar, Ghizlane’s English teacher, and Larissa Olesova, the Culture Club’s Hangout recruiter.

Teachers of Arabic may print out the interview and use it in their language classrooms. The original Arabic text is available for download.

Personal name: Ghizlane, it means a gazelle. 

I'm 18. 

I'm from Morocco.

My city is Beni mellal. It's famous for its agriculture especially olive trees and running waters.

The languages spoken in my region are Arabic and Berber. 

My favorite books are ' A thousand and one  nights ' ' L'ile au Tresor" ' Antigone.' 

My favorite movies are The Titanic, Twilight, Step up, Lady Croft, Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

My favorite singer is Celine Dion , Taylor Swift, Enrique Iglesias, Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf.

My favorite school subjects are English and French.

I like science because I find it interesting but I don't like philosophy because I think it's boring. 

Most boys in my town like to play football.

Most girls like to play basketball and handball.

My favorite food is pasta. 

My favorite drink is natural juice. 

In the weekend I like to visit my family and friends or  go on picnics on feet.  

If a student from USA visits me, I'd like to take him or her to Ain Asserdoun, the best place in my town.

For thanks, I say "Shokran.”

I like my town because my family lives in it.

What I don't like in my town is the time when it's full of immigrants coming to spend their holidays here.

I think that Americans feel free to do whatever they want.

In six years time, I’d like to have a good and respectable job.

 


June 2011

The Hangout

Many thanks to Timur from Russia for agreeing to be interviewed in the Culture Club’s Hangout. Teachers of Russian can download the interview transcript for use in their classroom. We would also like to thank his teacher Guliya Shaykhutdinova, Lyceum #1, Salavat, Russia, and the Culture Club Hangout recruiter Larissa Olesova.

An English translation of the original Russian follows.

timurТимур Хакимов
г. Салават, Россия
16 лет
Говорит на русском, английском и татарском языках.
Учительница:

 

  1. Чем известна ваша страна?

Первый человек в космосе ( Ю.Гагарин)
Открытие периодической таблицы хим. элементов (Менделеев)
Победили всемирного врага во Второй Мировой Войне
Первый спутник в мире
Мировые поэты, писатели, классики (Пушкин, Толстой, Достоевский и т.д.)
Классическая музыка (Чайковский)
Русский балет, Большой театр (А.Павлова, Т. Карсавина, М.Семенова)
Чемпионы мира по шахматам ( 9 из 14)

  1. Чем вам нравится жизнь в вашем городе?

Небольшой город, где у меня есть много друзей и много мест где можно хорошо провести время.

  1. Чем вам не нравится жизнь в вашем городе?

Загрязнение воздуха, большой уровень преступности.

  1. Опишите вашу семью.

большая, дружная, сплоченная.

  1. Опишите вашего хорошего друга. Расскажите о его/ее характере и внешности. Почему он/она ваш друг?

Мой лучший друг – Артём Дубанов. Мальчик 17-ти лет с тёмными, давно не стрижеными волосами, карими глазами, ростом чуть повыше меня. Характер у него веселый, с ним очень интересно разговаривать. Хорошо играет на гитаре. Когда-нибудь и меня научит на ней играть. Наши интересы во многом совпадают но всё же где то взгляды у нас расходятся ( музыка, фильмы и т.д.) и для нас это становится отличной темой для споров.

  1. Чем вы обычно занимаетесь с друзьями? Когда вы обычно встречаетесь? Куда вы обычно ходите? Как вы туда добираетесь (на машине, на велосипеде, на автобусе, пешком)?

Обычно после школы мы с друзьями любим гулять на улице. Можем сходить в боулинг, в суши-бар, в кафе, на каток, в кино, или просто погулять всем вместе по городу.
В основном до всех мест мы ходим пешком, потому что город у нас небольшой.

  1. Сколько дней в неделю вы ходите в школу? Сколько часов в день вы проводите в школе?

6 дней в неделю мы ходим в школу ( кроме воскресенья). В школе проводим в среднем около 6-ти часов в день.

  1. Сколько времени длятся ваши летние каникулы? Сколько праздников у вас в учебном году? Что это за праздники?

Летний каникулы длятся три месяца. Праздники в учебном году : 1, 2, 3, 4 и 5 января - Новогодние каникулы; 7 января - Рождество Христово; 23 февраля - День защитника Отечества; 8 марта - Международный женский день; 1 мая - Праздник Весны и Труда;
9 мая - День Победы; 12 июня - День России; 30 сентября - Ураза-байрам; 11 октября - День Республики; 4 ноября - День народного единства 8 декабря - Курбан-байрам
24 декабря - День Конституции Республики Башкортостан

  1. Какие предметы вы изучаете в школе в этом году?

Алгебра, Геометрия, Литература, Русский язык, Физика, Химия, Обществознание, История России, Физкультура, Биология, География, Информатика, Английский язык, Башкирский язык, ОБЖ (Основы Безопасности Жизнедеятельности), Всемирная история.

  1. Какой предмет вам нравится больше всего? Почему?

Больше всего мне нравится Информатика, потому что мне интересно узнавать о способах получения, накопления, хранения, преобразования, передачи и использования данных.

  1. Какой предмет вам нравится меньше всего? Почему?

Меньше всего мне нравится Башкирский язык. Потому что это очень сложный и не совсем понятный язык.

  1. Что вы обычно носите в вашем школьном портфеле/сумке?

Учебники, тетради, школьные принадлежности ( ручка, карандаш, линейка и т.д.)

  1. Что модно для девочек в этом сезоне?

Без понятия.

  1. Что модно для мальчиков в этом сезоне?

Не в курсе. Мне всё равно.

  1. Какой ваш самый любимый фильм?

Властелин колец.

  1. Какая ваша самая любимая книга?

Джон Толкин «Хоббит,или туда и обратно»

  1. Кто ваши любимые музыканты?

Александр Иванов, Сергей Трофимов, AC/DC, Manowar, Disturbed, Michael Jackson, Modern Talking.

  1. Какое ваше любимое блюдо?

Пельмени

  1. Вам нравится американская еда?

Из американской еды я знаю только гамбургеры. Да, они мне нравятся.

  1. Что вы думаете об Америке?

Безмерно уважаю США. Хотелось бы съездить самому в Америку, чтоб лучше ее узнать."

  1. Если бы американский студент приехал к вам в город, что бы вы ему показали?

Показал бы ему достопримечательности своего города. Сводил бы в ресторан показать русскую кухню.

  1. Подумайте о будущем и закончите предложение: «Через десять лет я...»

Через десять лет мне будет 27 лет.

 

English Translation

timurFirst Name: Timur
Age: 16
City and country: Salavat, Russia
Official language(s) of your country: Russian
Your native language: Russian
Other languages you speak: Tatar, English

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:

What is your country famous for?

Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space; The invention of the periodic law of chemical elements by Mendeleev; The first Earth-orbiting artificial satellite Sputnik; Well-known classic poets and writers (Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, etc); Classic music (Tchaikovsky); The Russian Ballet, the Bolshoi Theater (A. Pavlova, T. Karsavina, M. Semenova); The World Chess Champions (9 out of 14).

What do you like about living in your city?

A small town where I have many friends and many places where I can spend a good time.

What do you not like about living in your city?

Air pollution, the high crime rate

Describe your family.

Big, happy, and united family

Describe a good friend. Tell about his/her personality and physical appearance. Why is he/she your friend?

My good friend is Artyom Dubanov. 17-year boy with dark have not cut hair, brown-eyed, a little bit taller than I am. He is cheerful; it is interesting to talk to him. He plays the guitar very well. Some day he will teach me how to play the guitar. Our interests are much in common but some are different (music, movies, etc) and it becomes an excellent topic for our disputes.

What do you usually do with your friends? When do you usually meet them? Where do you usually go? How do you usually go places with them (by car, by bicycle, by bus, on foot)?

Usually, my friends and I like walking around the streets after school. We can go to bowling, to sushi-bar, café, skating-rink, movie-theater, or just to walk all together in the town. Usually, we walk to get the places because our town is small.

How many days a week do you go to school? How many hours do you spend at school every day?

I go to school 6 days a week (no Sunday). I spend about six hours every day at school.

How long is your summer vacation? How many holidays do you have during the school year? What are they?

Summer vacation is for three months. The holidays during the school year are: Winter vacation is on January 1st,2nd,3rd,4th, and 5th; Christmas on January 7th; the Defender’s Day on February 23rd; International Women Day on March 8; The Spring and Labor Day on May 1st; Victory Day on May 9th; Day of Russia on June 12th; Uraza Bayram on September 30th; Day of Republic on October 11th; National Unity Day on November 4th; Kurban Bayrami on December 8th;

What are the subjects that you are studying at school this year?

Algebra, Geometry, Literature, Russian, Physics, Chemistry, Social Studies, History of Russia, Physical Culture, Biology, Geography, Informatics, English, Bashkir, Basics of Life Safety, World History.

What subject do you like the most? Why?

I like Informatics the most because it is interesting to become aware of the ways of receiving, collecting, storing, transforming, transferring, and utilizing data.

What subject do you dislike the most? Why?

I dislike Bashkir the most because it is a difficult and unclear language.

What do you usually carry in your school bag?

Textbooks, notebooks, school supplies (pens, pencils, ruler, etc.).

What is in fashion for girls this season?

I have no idea.

What is in fashion for boys this season?

No idea – it doesn’t matter to me.

What is your very favorite movie?

The Lord of the Rings

What is your very favorite book?

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit or there and back

Who are your favorite musicians?

Alexander Ivanov, Sergey Trophimov, AC/DC, Manowar, Disturbed, Michael Jackson, Modern Talking.

What is your favorite food?

Pelmeni.

Do you like American food?

I know only hamburgers as American food. Yes, I like them.

What is your opinion of America?

I respect the United States. It would be better to travel to the USA myself to understand the country better.

If an American student came to your city, where would you take him/her?

I will take him/her to the sightseeing places in my town. I will take him/her to the restaurant to show the Russian cuisine.

Look into your future and complete this phrase:

“Ten years from now, I …” I will turn 27.

April/May 2011

Many thanks to Camila from Argentina for agreeing to be interviewed in the Culture Club’s Hangout. Teachers of Spanish can download the interview transcript for use in their classroom. We would also like to thank her teacher María Eugenia Otaegui and the Culture Club Hangout recruiter Larissa Olesova.

Información General:

camillaNombre: Camila
Ciudad y País en que resides: Concordia (Entre Rios), Argentina
Idioma oficial de tu país: Español
¿Cuál es tu idioma materno? Español
¿Hablas otro idioma? ¿Cuál? Inglés

Entrevista:

¿Por qué es conocido tu país?

Es conocido por sus paisajes y lugares privilegiados, como las Cataratas del Iguazú, el glaciar Perito Moreno, la Cordillera de los Andes, etc, así como también por grandes ciudades como Buenos Aires. Otra cosa por lo que se destaca mucho es por el fútbol (también por otros deportes), por jugadores como Messi o Maradona, una leyenda del deporte. Creo que también se podría mencionar la comida, no creo que exista una sola persona que haya visitado la Argentina y no le haya gustado el “dulce de leche”o el asado, por ejemplo.

¿Qué es lo que te gusta de vivir en tu ciudad?

Me gusta la cantidad de cosas distintas que tienen los jóvenes para hacer, que en otros lados del país no hay, y el paisaje lleno de ríos y mucho verde.

¿Qué es lo que no te gusta de vivir en tu ciudad?

Lo que no me gusta es que no es una ciudad tan grande, por lo que se conocen todos y muchas veces se generan “chusmeríos”, o todos saben sobre la vida de todos.

Describe a tu familia

La familia por parte de mi papá (tíos y primos) es bastante grande, pero la de mi mamá no. No tengo hermanos ni hermanas, por lo que en casa somos sólo mi mamá, Claudia, mi papá, Carlos, yo y mi gato siamés Pipo.

 

Describe a un buen amigo/a. Habla de su personalidad y apariencia física, ¿Por qué lo escogiste como amigo/a?

Una buena amiga mía es Grecia. Ella es muy divertida, buena persona, inteligente, responsable, una persona con la que siempre se puede contar, y mucho más.
Es bastante alta, flaca pero con buen cuerpo, es una linda chica, mucho más cuando llegas a conocer su personalidad.

¿Qué haces comúnmente con tus amigos? ¿Cuando te encuentras con ellos? ¿Dónde suelen ir? ¿Qué transporte utilizan? (carro, bicicleta, bus, a pie...)

Salimos a boliches (discos), nos juntamos en casas y hacemos fiestas ahí. Vamos a dar vueltas en auto a la costanera, donde va la mayoría de los adolescentes, nos juntamos a la tarde a merendar, etc. A la mayoría de mis amigas las veo en la escuela todos los días y además los fines de semana, mientras que a algunos sólo los veo los fines de semana, para salir. Andamos en auto ya que casi todos tienen edad para sacar carnet.

¿Cuántos dias a la semana vas al colegio? ¿Cuántas horas pasas en el colegio cada día?

Voy cinco días a la semana, y la cantidad de horas que estoy allí depende del día, 6 horas, 6 horas y media, 7 y hasta 8 horas y media.

¿Cuánto duran tus vacaciones de verano? ¿Cuántos días feriados / vacaciones tienes durante el año? ¿Qué tipo de feriados son?

Tenemos casi tres meses de vacaciones de verano, desde diciembre hasta principios de marzo. Hay bastantes días feriados durante el año, y son de todo tipo: nacionales, religiosos e internacionales. También tenemos vacaciones de invierno, duran 15 días y son a mediados de julio.

¿Qué materias estás estudiando en este año?

Literatura, Matemática, Física, Química, Historia, Contabilidad y otras relacionadas con ésta, como Práctica Comercial, Legislación Fiscal y Economía. Además tenemos Derecho, Filosofía, Inglés, Computación, Catequesis (voy a un colegio religioso) y Educación Física.

¿Cuál es la materia que más te gusta y por qué?

Me gustan las materias que tengan que ver con números y cálculos, como la matemática y la física. Se me hacen más entretenidas y no me molesta pasarme horas intentando hacer un ejercicio que no me sale.

¿Cuál es la materia que menos te gusta y por qué?

No me gusta Derecho. Me aburre, no me gusta hablar de leyes, la Constitución Nacional, política y demás.

¿Qué sueles transportar en tu mochila para ir al colegio?

Llevo una carpeta, una cartuchera, otra carpeta con todas las fotocopias que me van dando los profesores, la calculadora, el celular, las llaves y plata. A veces algún libro de alguna materia.

¿Qué está de moda para las chicas en este año?

Para las chicas en ropa se usa de todo, aunque siempre predominan los jeans, zapatillas, polleras, vestidos, etc, según los modelos de moda. Para salir las chicas usan tacos o botas, se arreglan mucho.

¿Qué está de moda para los chicos en este año?

Para los chicos se usan mucho las camisas y las remeras con cuello (chombas), se arreglan pero no tanto como las chicas. En los pies, zapatillas. Predominan los jeans.

¿Cuál es tu película favorita?

Mi película favorita es “Recién Casados” con Ashton Kutchen y Brittany Murphy.

¿Cuál es tu libro favorito?

Mi libro favorito es “La última canción”

¿Cuál es tu grupo o cantante favorito?

No tengo ningún grupo o cantante favorito, me gustan varios. También me gustan distintos tipos de música: reggaeton, pop, rap, cumbia, etc.

¿Cuál es tu comida favorita?

Mi comida favorita es el arroz, me gusta de cualquier forma, pero sobre todo con aceite y queso.

¿Te gusta la comida americana?

Sí, me encanta! Es muy rica pero no muy saludable y bastante grasa en comparación a como es la comida acá.

¿Qué opinas de los Estados Unidos?
Opino que es un país maravilloso, tanto en geografía como en sus costumbres. También por su gente, por todo lo que ha logrado para llegar a ser una de las principales potencias mundiales. Me alegra haber podido conocer algo de los Estados Unidos y me gustaría mucho poder volver en algún momento de mi vida.

Si un/a estudiante americano/a viniera a tu país, ¿Dónde lo/a llevarías?

Lo llevaría a conocer las maravillas de nuestro país, como las Cataratas, el Glaciar, etc, y también las ciudades principales como Buenos Aires, Rosario, Córdoba, etc. Trataría de que conociera también las costumbres, las comidas y la gente.

Piensa en tu futuro y completa esta frase: “En diez años estaré.......”

...recibida de arquitecta, de novio, trabajando y comenzando a formar una familia. Pero sobre todo feliz.

English Translation

Personal information:

camilla

Name: Camila
City and country: Concordia, Argentina
Country’s official language: Spanish
Mother tongue: Spanish
Do you speak any other language? Which? English

Interview:
What is your country known for?
My country is known for its landscape, for wonderful places like the Iguazu Falls, the Perito Moreno Glacier, The Andes, etc, as well as for its big cities like Buenos Aires. It is also famous for football soccer (and for oher sports too), for players like Messi or Maradona, who is considered legend in football. I think I could also mention food, I don’t think there’s a single person who has visited Argentina and has not been delighted by our “dulce de leche” (milk caramel spread) or our special kind of barbecue (which we call “asado”)

What do you like about living in your city?
I like the fact that there are many things for teenagers to do here, which is not the case in some other places in our country. I also like our lanscape, so green and with so many rivers.

What don’t you like about living in your city?
What I don’t like about it is that it is not a big city. Everybody knows each other and that often generates gossiping: it’s like everybody knows about everybody’s life here.

Describe your family
My father’s side of the family (aunts, uncles and cousins) is quite big, but my mum’s isn’t. I don’t have any brothers or sisters, so at home it’s only me, my mum Claudia, my dad Carlos and my siamese cat Pipo.

Describe one of your best friends. Talk about his/her personality and physical appearance. Why did you choose him/her as a friend?
One of my best friends is Grecia. She’s fun to be with, a good person, intelligent, responsible, somebody you can rely on, and much more. She is quite tall and slim, she’s a good-looking girl, and you find her even more beautiful when you get to know her.

What do you usually do with your friends? When do you meet them? Where do you usually go? How? (by bus, by car, on foot)
We go to discos, we get together in our homes and also have parties there. We go for a drive along the river front, where most teenagers go. We also get together for tea. I see most of my friends at school every day and at the weekend as well. I have some other friends I only meet at the weekend, when I go out. We go everywhere by car now, because most of my friends are old enough to have a driver’s license.

How many days a week do you go to school? How many hours do you spend at school every day?
I go to school five days a week. How long I spend there depends on which day it is, it can be 6 hours, 6 hours and a half, 7 or even 8 hours.

How long is your summer school break? How many bank holidays are there throughout the year? What kind of holidays are they?
Our summer school break is almost three months long, from December till the beginning of March. We have quite a lot of bank holidays throughout the year, and they can be public (national), religious or inernational. We also have a winter school break in July, it’s two weeks long. 

What subjects do you have to study at school this year?
Literature, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, History, Accountancy (book keeping) and many others related to this one, like Economics, Tax Legislation and Commerce. We also study Law, Philosophy, English, IT, Religious Studies (I attend a Catholic school) and P.E.

What’s your favorite subject? Why?
I like the subjects that have to do with numbers and math operations, like Maths and Physics. I find them interesting and I don’t mind spending hours solving a difficult problem. 

Which subject do you like least? Why?
I don’t like Law. I find it boring, I don’t like talking about laws, the Constitution, politics and so on.

What do you usually carry in your schoolbag?
I have a folder, a pencilcase, an extra folder for all the photocopies teachers give me, a calculator, a cell phone, my keys and some money. I sometimes carry books we need for certain subjects.

What’s in fashion for girls this year?
Girls wear includes a bit of everything, though it’s mainly jeans, sneakers, skirts, dresses, etc, whose designs change according to fashion. When they go out, girls wear high heels or boots, they really dress up.

What’s in fashion for boys this year?
Boys wear shirts and collar T-shirts, they dress up but not so much as girls do. They usually wear jeans and sneakers.

What’s your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is “Just Married”, starring Ashton Kutchen and Brittany Murphy.

What’s your favorite book?
My favorite book is “The Last Song”.

What’s your favorite singer/band?
I don’t have a single favorite singer or band, I like several. I also like different types of music: reggaeton, pop, rap, cumbia, etc.

What’s your favorite food?
My favorite food is rice, no matter how it is prepared, I prefer it with just oil and grated cheese.

Do you like American food?
Yes, I love it! It’s delicious, but it’s not too healthy and with a lot more fat than our food.

What do you think about the United States?
I think it’s a wonderful country, because of its geography and its customs. Because of its people, too, as they have succeed in making their country one of the world’s most powerful nations. I’m glad I’ve been able to see some of the US and I’d really like to be able to go back there some time in my life.

If you hosted an American student, where would you take him/her?
I’d take him/her to see our country’s wonders, like the Iguazu Falls and the Glacier, and also our main cities, like Buenos Aires, Rosario, Cordoba. I’d also try to make him/her get to know about our culture, our customs, our people.

Think about your future and finish the following phrase: “In ten years time I will...”
...have graduated as an architect, on a steady relationship, working and beginning to think about starting a family. But above all, happy.

 


March 2011

We have interviews with two Korean students this month. Many thanks to both Jera Song and Sewon Kim from Seoul for their willingness to be interviewed and also many thanks to Taeho Yu, doctoral student in Educational Technology at Purdue University for obtaining these interviews.

If you are a teacher of Korean, you may download these interviews and use them in your classrooms. Please acknowledge the source.
Download interview with Sweon Kim in English
Download interview with Sweon Kim in Korean
Download interview with Jera Song in English
Download interview with Jera Song in Korean

 일반 정보:

Jsong이름: 송제라(Jera Song)
나이: 13세
주거 도시와 국가:서울, 한국
공식언어:한국어
모국어:한국어
그외에 할수있는 언어:영어

질문

  1. 당신의 나라가 무엇으로 유명합니까? IT 산업 , 한류 드라마
  1. 살고 계시는 도시의 좋은 점이 무엇입니까? 편리한 대중교통
  1. 살고 계시는 도시의 나쁜 점이 무엇입니까? 공기가 좋지 않다.
  1. 가족에 대해 구체적으로 설명하시오. 아빠는 경희대 정치학 교수이고, 엄마 는 경희대 체육대학 강사이다.
  1. 가장 좋아하는 친구 한 사람에 대해 묘사해보세요. 성격이나 외모. 왜 그 

분이  가장 좋은 친구라고 할 수 있습니까? 나를 가장 잘 이해해준다.  같이 있을 때 부담이 없다. 나의 사소한 것들 까지도 잘 챙겨준다.

  1.  친구들과 보통 뭐 하십니까? 언제 주로 만나십니까? 어디에 주로 가요? 만날 때 무엇을 타고 가요 (자동차, 자전거, 버스, 도보로)?  주로 물건을 사러 가거나 음식점에 간다.  학교주변이나, 집 앞 놀이터에서 만난다. 주로 걸어 다닌다.
  1. 일주일에 며칠 학교에 가십니까? 매일 학교에서 몇 시간 정도 보내십니까? 월요일부터 금요일까지, 토요일은 격주로 학교에 간다. 오전 8시경  학교에 가서 오후 3시쯤 약 7시간 정도 학교에 있는다.
  1. 여름방학이 얼마나 깁니까? 학년에 공휴일이 얼마나 됩니까? 어떤 공휴일이 있습니까?  여름 방학은 약40일 정도 된다. 일년에 공휴일은 약 15일 정도이며,  학교 설립일도 공휴일이다.
  1. 올 해 학교에서 배우는 과목이 무엇입니까? 국어, 수학, 사회, 과학, 도덕, 영어, 미술, 음악, 실과, 체육
  1. 가장 좋아하는 과목이 무엇입니까? 왜 그 과목을 좋아합니까? 사회이다. 아무래도 정치학을 전공하신 아빠의 영향이 큰 것 같다.
  1. 가장 싫어하는 과목이 무엇입니까? 왜 싫어합니까? 수학, 정확한 답을 써야 하기 때문이다. 국어나 사회는 답이 비슷하기만 해도 되지만 수학은 정확하지 않으면 틀리기 때문이다.
  1.  책가방에 주로 무엇을 넣어 다니십니까? 주로 교과서,  읽을 책,  필통.
  1.  이 계절에는 여학생들에게 무엇이 유행합니까? 인기 연예인이 나오는 드라마 나 인기가수들의 노래이다.
  1.  이 계절에 남학생들에게 무엇이 유행합니까? 사시사철 인터넷 게임이 유행이다.
  1.   좋아하는 영화는 무엇입니까? Harry potter, Twilight
  1.  좋아하는 책은 무엇입니까? Harry potter, Twilight, 역사책들
  1.  좋아하는 음악가는 누구입니까? Wonder girls
  1.  좋아하는 음식은 무엇입니까? 고기 , 미국식 음식, 이태리 음식 
  1.   미국음식을 좋아합니까? 네

  2. 미국에 대해 어떻게 생각합니까? 경쟁력이 큰 나라 중 하나라고 생각한다. 다른 국가의 사람들에게도 기회가 많은 나라인 것 같다.
  1. 혹시 미국학생이 당신의 도시에 온 다면,  그 분을 어디에 모시고 가겠습니까? 청계천,경복궁
  1.   질문에 대답해주셔서 대단히 감사합니다.
ENGLISH VERSION
Interview with Jera Song from Korea
GENERAL INFORMATION:
First Name: Jera
Last Name: Song
Age: 13
City and country: Seoul, Korea
Official language(s) of your country: Korean
Your native language: Korean
Other languages you speak: English


INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
1. What is your country famous for? InformationTechnology Industry as well as dramas that are causing current Korean wave.
2. What do you like about living in your city? Easily accessible public transportation
3. What do you not like about living in your city? Contaminated air pollution.
4. Describe your family. Dad is a political science professor at KyungHee University and mom is a physical education course instructor at KyungHee University.
5. Describe a good friend. Tell about his/her personality and physical appearance. Why is he/she your friend? She understands me the most and I feel comfortable around her. She also is very caring towards little things about me.
6. What do you usually do with your friends? When do you usually meet them? Where do you usually go? How do you usually go places with them (by car, by bicycle, by bus, on foot)? We usually go shopping or eating out together. We mostly go to areas nearby school and home. We walk when we meet.
7. How many days a week do you go to school? How many hours do you spend at school every day? I go to school from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, I go to school every other week. I leave my house at 8 am usually to school and stay there until anywhere from 3 to 7 pm.
8. How long is your summer vacation? How many holidays do you have during the school year? What are they? Summer vacation is about 40 days. There are about 15 holidays in a year and the day the school first opened is also considered as a holiday for school.
9. What are the subjects that you are studying at school this year? Korean, Math, Social Studies, Science, Behaviors, English, Art, Music, Physical Education, and Practical Course.
10. What subject do you like the most? Why? Social studies because of the influence I got from my dad who studied in political science.
11. What subject do you dislike the most? Why? Math because it requires a specific and accurate answer. Korean class or Social studies class on the other hand requires answers that is logical but not necessarily exactly correct.
12. What do you usually carry in your school bag? Textbooks, books for my leisure, pencil case.
13. What is in fashion for girls this season? Famous celebrities who appear in current dramas and songs sung by them.
14. What is in fashion for boys this season? Boys like internet games at all seasons.
15. What is your very favorite movie? Harry potter, Twilight
16. What is your very favorite book? Harry potter, Twilight, and other history books.
17. Who are your favorite musicians? Wonder girls
18. What is your favorite food? Meat, American food, and Ital food.
19. Do you like American food? Yes
20. What is your opinion of America? America is a powerful country that can influence the world economy. Also it is a country of opportunities.
21. If an American student came to your city, where would you take him/her? Chung-gae chun, Gyung bok goong

일반 정보:

Kim이름: 김세원 (Sewon Kim)
나이: 15
주거 도시와 국가: Seoul, Korea
공식언어: 한국어
모국어: 한국어
그외에 할수있는 언어: 영어

                                        인터뷰  질문

  1. 당신의 나라가 무엇으로 유명합니까?  핸드폰, 컴퓨터 등 IT와 반도체로 유명합니다.
  1. 살고 계시는 도시의 좋은 점이 무엇입니까? 영화관, 쇼핑센터 등 여러 가지의 문화 시설이 있습니다. 또한, 놀이공원과 같이 여가시설도 많다는 것이 좋은 점입니다.
  1. 살고 계시는 도시의 나쁜 점이 무엇입니까? 차가 많다 보니 교통체증이 심합니다. 또 많은 인구 때문에 공원 같은 시설이 많이 없습니다.
  1. 가족에 대해 구체적으로 설명하시오.  아빠, 엄마, 동생, 그리고 나 4명입니다. 아빠는 판사이시고 엄마는 변호사입니다. 저는 이번에 고등학교를 올라가고 동생은 중학생입니다.
  1. 가장 좋아하는 친구 한 사람에 대해 묘사해보세요. 성격이나 외모. 왜 그 

분이  가장 좋은 친구라고 할 수 있습니까?  제가 가장 좋아하는 친구는 춤을 잘 춥니다. 그 친구는 제 말을 묵묵히 잘 들어줍니다. 항상 어떤 고민이 있을 때 그 친구에게 털어 놓으면 진지하게 고민해주고 해결해줍니다.

  1.  친구들과 보통 뭐 하십니까? 언제 주로 만나십니까? 어디에 주로 가요? 만날 때 무엇을 타고 가요 (자동차, 자전거, 버스, 도보로)? 친구들과 보통 영화를 잘 봅니다. 주말 아침에 만나서 영화를 보고 커피숍이나 음식점에서 이야기를 자주 나눕니다. 만날 때 대부분 버스를 탑니다.
  1. 일주일에 며칠 학교에 가십니까? 매일 학교에서 몇 시간 정도 보내십니까?

매월 1,3주 토요일은 학교에 가기 때문에 이 때는 주 6회를 가고 매월 2,4 주 토요일은 학교에 가지 않기 때문에 이 때는 주 5회 갑니다. 학교에서 오전 8시부터 오후 4시 까지 약 8시간을 보냅니다.

  1. 여름방학이 얼마나 깁니까? 학년에 공휴일이 얼마나 됩니까? 어떤 공휴일이 있습니까?

여름방학은 약 6주 입니다. 한 학년에 공휴일은 9일 정도 있습니다. 이 공휴일들은 3.1절, 개교기념일, 어린이 날, 지방 선거일, 추석, 비교 평가일 등이 있습니다.

  1. 올 해 학교에서 배우는 과목이 무엇입니까?

올 해 학교에서는 국어, 수학, 과학, 사회, 영어, 기술 가정, 도덕, 미술, 체육, 음악, 중국어를 배웁니다.

  1. 가장 좋아하는 과목이 무엇입니까? 왜 그 과목을 좋아합니까?

가장 좋아하는 과목은 영어입니다. 영어 시간에는 영어 뿐만 아니라 미국과 영국의 문화도 배우기 때문입니다.

  1. 가장 싫어하는 과목이 무엇입니까? 왜 싫어합니까?

과학을 가장 싫어합니다. 과학은 용어들이 어색하고 외우기 힘들기 때문입니다.

  1.  책가방에 주로 무엇을 넣어 다니십니까?

책가방엔 그 날 수업에 필요한 책들과 핸드크림, 필통, 칫솔 등을 넣어 다닙니다.

  1.  이 계절에는 여학생들에게 무엇이 유행합니까?

이 계절엔 여학생들에게 목도리, 장갑, 패딩, 어그 부츠등이 유행합니다.

  1.  이 계절에 남학생들에게 무엇이 유행합니까?

이 계절 남학생들에게 영화, 게임 등이 유행합니다.

  1.   좋아하는 영화는 무엇입니까?

               저는 해리 포터 시리즈를 가장 좋아합니다.

  1.  좋아하는 책은 무엇입니까?

               “50 Great Short Stories”라는 책을 좋아합니다.

  1.  좋아하는 음악가는 누구입니까?

               저는 드보르작을 가장 좋아합니다.

  1.  좋아하는 음식은 무엇입니까?

               칼국수, 수제비, 리조또, 타코를 좋아합니다.

  1.   미국음식을 좋아합니까?
       네 좋아합니다. 미국 음식 중 캘리포니아 롤과 스테이크를 좋아합니다.
  1. 미국에 대해 어떻게 생각합니까?

미국은 정말 여행하기 좋은 나라라고 생각합니다. 50개의 주마다 다른 특색이 있고 세계 모든 나라를 미국에서 느낄 수 있습니다.

  1. 혹시 미국학생이 당신의 도시에 온 다면,  그 분을 어디에 모시고 가겠습니까?

저는 그 분을 경복궁에 모시고 갈 것입니다. 경복궁에서는 한국의 전통 건물 양식을 볼 수 있고 그 건물의 웅장함이 매력이기 때문입니다. 또한 경복궁은 세계 유명 인사가 오면 꼭 들르는 곳이기 때문에 저는 경복궁에 미국 학생을 모시고 갈 것입니다.

  1.   질문에 대답해주셔서 대단히 감사합니다.
ENGLISH VERSION
Interview with Sewon Kim from Korea
GENERAL INFORMATION:
First Name: Sewon
Last Name: Kim
Age: 15
City and country: Seoul, Korea
Official language(s) of your country: Korean
Your native language: Korean
Other languages you speak: English


INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
1. What is your country famous for? Cell phones, computers, and other IT’s, as well as semiconductor production technology.
2. What do you like about living in your city? There are many movie theaters, shopping malls, as well as other entertainment places. Also, there are many amusement parks.
3. What do you not like about living in your city? Heavy traffics because of over flowing cars. Also, places like parks are disappearing more and more because the country needs those lands to build more houses and apartments for growing population.
4. Describe your family. We have four people in the family; dad, mom, younger sibling, and me. Dad is a judge and mom is a lawyer. I am going to be in high school and my younger sibling is going to be in middle school.
5. Describe a good friend. Tell about his/her personality and physical appearance. Why is he/she your friend? My closest friend is a very good dancer. He always listens to what I have to say and always tries to help out whenever I am in trouble.
6. What do you usually do with your friends? When do you usually meet them? Where do you usually go? How do you usually go places with them (by car, by bicycle, by bus, on foot)? My friends and I usually go out to the movies. We would meet on weekends by taking bus and hang out at coffee shops, restaurants, and movie theaters.
7. How many days a week do you go to school? How many hours do you spend at school every day? Every first and third Saturday the school is held. So I go to school six times a week. But every second and fourth week of Saturdays are day off for school. So I go to school five times a week. I spend about 8 hours at school from 8am until 4 pm every day.
8. How long is your summer vacation? How many holidays do you have during the school year? What are they? Summer vacation is about six weeks. For every grade level, there are 9 school holidays. Some of these are children’s day, independence day, school anniversary, and etc.
9. What are the subjects that you are studying at school this year? This year, I am learning Korean, math, science, social studies, English, practical course, behaviors, art, physical education, music, and Chinese.
10. What subject do you like the most? Why? My favorite subject is English. This is because I get to not only learn new language, but also get to learn its culture.
11. What subject do you dislike the most? Why? I like science the least. This is because it uses hard vocabularies and required a lot of memorization.
12. What do you usually carry in your school bag? I take hand cream, pencil case, toothbrush, textbooks, and etc.
13. What is in fashion for girls this season? At this time of the year, many girls are interested in the trendy clothes, gloves, ugg boots, and jackets.
14. What is in fashion for boys this season? At this time of the year, guys are interested in internet games and movies.
15. What is your very favorite movie? I like harry potter series the most.
16. What is your very favorite book? “50 Great Short Stories”
17. Who are your favorite musicians? Dvorak
18. What is your favorite food? I like chopped noodles, dumpling soup, tacos, and etc.
19. Do you like American food? Yes. I like California rolls and steak.
20. What is your opinion of America? I think America is a good place to travel. It has 50 different states and each state has its own unique cultures I can learn and experience.
21. If an American student came to your city, where would you take him/her? I would probably take the person to Kyung-bok palace. This palace offers Korea’s history and culture. Also, the person can experience the grandiosity of the architecture. It is a place where many tourists love to visit.

VitaliFirst Name: Vitali
Age: 18
City and country: Salavat, Russia
Official language(s) of your country: Russian
Your native language: Russian
Other languages you speak: English
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INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:

1. What is your country famous for?
My country is famous for its great history, for the lots of phenomenal people.

2. What do you like about living in your city?
I like about living in my city because of a quiet and plain life.

3. What do you not like about living in your city?
I do not like about living in my city because there are no career opportunities and the ways for recreation and relaxation.

4. Describe your family.
There are three of us: my parents and I. My father is 44. He is a businessman. My mom is 38. She is an anesthesiologist. I have a very united and happy family.

5. Describe a good friend. Tell about his/her personality and physical appearance. Why is he/she your friend?
My good friend is purposeful; he is persistent in his aims at achieving goals. He is interesting in communication and he is very sincere. His height is average; he has a medium body constitution. He is my good friend because we have common interests and we are much alike in our nature.

6. What do you usually do with your friends? When do you usually meet them? Where do you usually go? How do you usually go places with them (by car, by bicycle, by bus, on foot)?
My friends and I prefer active recreation and relaxation. Usually, we go to the movie-theater or to the skating-rink, and sometimes we go out of town. As a rule, we walk to get the places.

7. How many days a week do you go to school? How many hours do you spend at school every day?
I go to school 6 days a week. I spend 8-10 hours at school every day.

8. How long is your summer vacation? How many holidays do you have during the school year? What are they?
Summer vacation lasts for 2.5-3 months. There are seven holidays during the school year: Uraza Bayram,Kurban Bayrami, National Unity Day, the New Year, Defender’s Day, International Women Day, Victory Day.

9. What are the subjects that you are studying at school this year?
This year, I am studying the following subjects: Russian, Literature, Bashkir, English, Algebra, Geometry, Informatics, History of Russia, World History, Social Studies, Geography, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physical Culture, and Basics of Life Safety.

10. What subject do you like the most? Why?
I like Mathematics the most because I want to work in the field where math is required.

11. What subject do you dislike the most? Why?
I dislike Bashkir the most because I can speak Bashkir only in the area where I live.

12. What do you usually carry in your school bag?
I usually carry text-books, notebooks and other school supplies.

13. What is in fashion for girls this season?
Jacket-parkas are in fashion for girls this season.

14. What is in fashion for boys this season?
Skinny jeans are in fashion for boys this season.

15. What is your very favorite movie?
Prestige (2006)

16. What is your very favorite book?
Cesare Lombroso’s Genius and insanity

17. Who are your favorite musicians?
Eminem, Akon, David Draiman.

18. What is your favorite food?
Chicken with potatoes.

19. Do you like American food?
Yes.

20. What is your opinion of America?
It is one of the best countries at the moment.

21. If an American student came to your city, where would you take him/her?
The monument to Alexander Pushkin, the memorial “Eternal Flame,” the Sport-Concert Complex Salavat Yulayev, and the Lenin Square.

22. Look into your future and complete this phrase:
“Ten years from now, I …” will achieve a lot.

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Rodrigo from Parede - Portugal
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Primeiro nome: Rodrigo
Idade: 13 anos
Cidade e país: Parede, Portugal
Língua oficial do teu país: Português
A tua língua-materna:  Português
Outras línguas que falas: Inglês, Francês e um pouco de espanhol.

1. Em que é o teu país célebre? O que gostas da vida na tua cidade?
Gosto muito do movimento, e acho que Lisboa é uma cidade alegre. Cheia de monumentos e museus, o que não falta para visitar em Lisboa é monumentos.

2. O que não gostas da vida na tua cidade?
Não gosto da poluição que a maior parte das pessoas faz.

3. Descreve a tua família.
Adoro a minha família. Somos muito unidos e gostamos todos uns dos outros. Sempre que podemos estamos juntos.

4. Descreve um/a bom/boa amigo/a. Fala da sua personalidade e descrição física. Por que é ele/ela teu/tua amigo/a?
Para mim um amigo é aquele em que podemos confiar nos bons e maus momentos, aquele que podemos dizer os nossos segredos, aquele que podemos confiar para tudo.

5. O que fazes em geral com os teus amigos? Quando é que geralmente te encontras com eles? Como é que te deslocas com eles (de carro, de bicicleta, de autocarro, a pé)?
Normalmente com os meus amigos jogo futebol, vou ao cinema (adoro cinema!!!), vou a casa deles para fazer trabalhos ou para falarmos um pouco.

6. Quantos dias por semana vais à escola? Quantas horas por dia estás na escola?
Vou a escola 5 dias por semana. Por dia estou normalmente 7 horas na escola.

7. Quanto tempo são as tuas férias de verão? Quantos períodos de férias tens durante o ano lectivo? Quais são?
Tenho cerca de três meses de férias no verão. Tenho 15 dias no natal, mais 15 na Páscoa, e mais 7 no Carnaval.

8. Quais são as disciplinas que estás a estudar na escola este ano?
Português, inglês, francês, Geografia, Historia, ciências, físico-química e matemática.

9. De que disciplina gostas mais? Porquê?
Gosto mais de inglês e francês. Para alem de eu achar que são as disciplinas mais fáceis, gosto muito de aprender outras línguas.

10. De que disciplina gostas menos? Porquê?
Não gosto muito de português. Não sei muito bem porque, mas acho que é por esta ser uma língua que se estuda durante muito tempo e que pode começar a ser “repetida” perdendo todo o interesse.

11. Que coisas levas geralmente na tua mochila?
Livros, dossier, estojo, carteira, telemóvel, pastas.

12. O que está na moda para os rapazes este ano?
Este ano para os rapazes está na moda jogar futebol, ou ir ao cinema.

13. Qual é o teu filme preferido?
O meu filme favorito é da autoria de steven spielberg e chama-se “War of worlds” , que o actor que faz de principal é o Tom Cruise.

14. Qual é o teu livro preferido?
O meu livro favorito foi “Eragon”. Muito interessante e com muita aventura, porque nunca sabemos o que acontecerá na outra página. Escrito por Christopher Paolini.

15. Quais são os teus músicos preferidos?
 Tenho vários. Keane, Toranja, Robbie williams, Maroon , e muitos outros mais….

16. Qual é tua comida preferida?
A minha comida favorita é bacalhau à brás, e arroz de pato.

17. Gostas de comida americana?
Pois, gosto da fast – food, mas sei que só se deve comer de vez em quando.

18. Qual é a tua opinião da América?
Sei que a América é uma grande potência mundial, que está muito desenvolvida e que poderá ser um local escolhido por muitas pessoas para emigrar.

19. Se um/a estudante americano/a fosse à tua cidade, onde o/a levarias?
À torre de belém, ao mosteiro dos Jerónimos e ao planetário.

20. Olha o teu futuro e completa esta frase: "Daqui a dez anos eu ..."
 Daqui a 10 anos, espero estar a terminar o meu curso, (engenharia civil), que quero desde os meus 11 anos. Espero também ter uma família tão unida como esta que tenho hoje.

parede1 parede2
This is the famous Hospital de Sant'Ana that specializes in the treatment of bones and bone-related problems. It used to be a private home with its own private chapel. In 1904 it became a hospital run by nuns who still have Sunday mass in the chapel. This house is called "Casa das Pedras " (House of the Rocks). It is a very peculiar house covered in beach rocks taken from the beach that is located right in front of it. It was built by an Italian architect in 1903. It belongs to one of the oldest families in Parede.

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ENGLISH

rodrigosilva

First Name: Rodrigo
Age: 13
City and country: Parede, Portugal
Official language(s) of your country: Portuguese
Your native language: Portuguese
Other languages you speak: English, French, and a little Spanish

1. What is your country famous for? What do you like about living in your city?
I like the action and I think that Lisbon is a lively city, full of monuments and museums. There are many monuments to visit in Lisbon.

2. What do you not like about living in your city?
I don't like the pollution that most people cause.

3. Describe your family.
I love my family. We are very close and like one another very much. We're together as much as we can.

4. Describe a good friend. Tell about his/her personality and physical appearance. Why is he/she your friend?
For me a friend is someone whom we can trust in good and bad moments, whom we can share our secrets with, someone we can trust for anything.

5. What do you usually do with your friends? When do you usually meet them? Where do you usually go? How do you usually go places with them (by car, by bicycle, by bus, on foot)?
I generally play football with my friends, go to the movies (I love the movies!!!) with them, and go to their house to do homework or to talk.

6. How many days a week do you go to school? How many hours do you spend at school every day?
I go to school 5 days a week and I'm usually 7 hours at school.

7. How long is your summer vacation? How many holidays do you have during the school year? What are they?
I have about 3 months vacation in the summer. I have two weeks at Christmas and Easter, and a week at Carnival.

8. What are the subjects that you are studying at school this year?
Portuguese, English, French, Geography, History, Science, Physics, Chemistry and Math.

9. What subject do you like the most? Why?
I prefer English and French. Besides thinking they are the easiest subjects, I like learning other languages.

10. What subject do you dislike the most? Why?
I don't like Portuguese very much. I don't really know why, but I think it's because it's a language that we study for a long time and then begins to be repetitive, thus, losing all interest.

11. What do you usually carry in your school bag?
Books, a notebook, a pencilcase, my wallet, my cell phone and folders.

12. What is in fashion for boys this season?
Playing football or going to the movies is in fashion for boys this year.

13. What is your very favorite movie?
My favorite film is Steven Spileberg's "War of the Worlds" with Tom Cruise in the leading role.

14. What is your very favorite book?
My favorite book is Eragon. It's very interesting and full of adventure because we never know what's going to happen in the next page. It's written by Christopher Paolini.

15. Who are your favorite musicians?
I have several: Keane, Toranja, Robbie Willimas, Maroon, and many others....

16. What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is cod á la Braz and duck rice.

17. Do you like American food?
Of course, I like fast food, but I know that we should only eat it now and then.

18. What is your opinion of America?
I know that America is a great world power that is very developed and can be chosen by many emigrants.

19. If an American student came to your city, where would you take him/her?
I would take him/het to Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery and the Planetarium.

20. Look into your future and complete this phrase: "Ten years from now, I …"
Ten years from now, I hope to be finishing my course in civil engineering, which I've wanted since I was 11 years old. I also hope to have a family as close as the one I have now.

parede1 parede2
This is the famous Hospital de Sant'Ana that specializes in the treatment of bones and bone-related problems. It used to be a private home with its own private chapel. In 1904 it became a hospital run by nuns who still have Sunday mass in the chapel. This house is called "Casa das Pedras " (House of the Rocks). It is a very peculiar house covered in beach rocks taken from the beach that is located right in front of it. It was built by an Italian architect in 1903. It belongs to one of the oldest families in Parede.

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June 2010

Corinna and Sara, from Rome - Italy
Read the interview in ENGLISH

ITALIAN
Un insegnante italiana ha intervistato due ragazze quattordicenni in una scuola a Roma in Italia.
Ecco il testo dell’intervista.

1) Come vi chiamate? I vostri nomi significano qualcosa in italiano?
Corinna: Mi chiamo Corinna. Non significa niente, ma è il nome di una ninfa.
Sara: Mi chiamo Sara. Significa principessa.

2) Qual’è la lingua ufficiale del vostro paese? Parlate altre lingue?
La lingua ufficiale è l’italiano. Parliamo un pò d’inglese e un pò di francese.

3) Per cosa è rinomato il vostro paese?
Il nostro paese è famoso per la cucina e per posti magnifici e monumenti antichi, ricco di storia, per famosi paesaggi come laghi, montagne, coste, ecc. E per il modo gentile con cui trattiamo tutti gli altri.

4) Cosa vi piace della vita a Roma? Cosa non vi piace della vita a Roma?
Corinna: Mi piace che in qualsiasi momento si può trovare la vita mondana e ogni genere di divertimento e mi piace il fatto che è la capitale della nazione. Non mi piacciano il traffico e l’inquinamento.
Sara: Mi piace andare a fare le spese nella mia cittá!! Mi piace che nella mia cittá ci sono tanti monumenti antichi. Non mi piacciono l’inquinamento e i borsaioli.

5) Cosa fate nel fine settimana?
Ci piace andare con i nostri amici al centro o al cinema.

6) Quando andate al centro con gli amici, come andate? In autobus? In macchina? A piedi?
Andiamo al centro in autobus o con la metropolitana.

7) Descrivete un tipico giorno di scuola.
Noi arriviamo a scuola alle otto e rimaniamo fuori dalla classe a parlare, aspettando l’inizio delle lezioni. Abbiamo lezioni per tre ore e poi alle undici e cinque abbiamo un intervallo di quindici minuti. Dopo di che, secondo i giorni, abbiamo una o due ore di lezioni. Alla fine prendiamo l’autobus per tornare a casa.

8) Qual’è la vostra materia preferita e qual’è quella che gradite di meno? Perchè?
Corinna: Le mie materie preferite sono l’inglese perchè mi piacciono le lingue e latino perchè è semplice ma nello stesso tempo difficile e attraente! Non mi piacciono, invece, la matematica e la geometria perchè sono « troppo scientifiche. »
Sara: Le mie materie preferite sono latino e greco perchè sono lingue antiche ma non mi piace la matematica !

9) Quali sono alcune delle tendenze della moda per ragazze quest’anno? E per ragazzi?
Vanno di moda per ragazze e ragazzi i calzoni con la vita bassa.

10) Qual’è la parola o espressione più recente in gergo e che vuol dire?
“Bella” che vuol dire “Ciao.”

11) Qual’è il vostro film preferito? Il vostro libro preferito? Il vostro spettacolo televisivo preferito?
Corinna: Il mio film preferito è Ghost. Il mio libro preferito è Tre metri sopra il cielo. Il mio spettacolo televisivo preferito è Zelig.
Sara: Il mio film preferito è Pearl Harbor. Il mio libro preferito è Harry Potter. Non ho nessun spettacolo televisivo preferito.

12) Chi sono i vostri cantanti preferiti?
Corinna: Non ho nessun cantante o gruppo preferito. Mi piace musica pop, commercial, e house.
Sara: Non ho nessun cantante o gruppo preferito. Mi piace musica soft.

13) Qual’è il vostro piatto italiano preferito?
Senz’altro pasta! Specialmente con sugo di pomodoro o "all’amatriciana" con guanciale, cipolla, e pecorino.

14) Vi piace la cucina americana?
Non tanto per quanto qualche volta mangiamo hamburger e fries da MacDonald’s.

15) Cosa pensate dell’America?
Noi siamo affascinati di posti come New York, San Francisco, il Grand Canyon, i parchi nazionali, e da tutte le cose che vediamo in televisione.

16) Se uno studente americano venisse a Roma, dove lo portereste?
Certamente lo porteremmo al Colosseo, al Circo Massimo, Piazza Navona, e Piazza di Spagna. Dimenticavamo! Lo porteremmo a Via Condotti per vedere i magnifici negozi di moda.

17) Completate questa frase: "Tra 10 anni, noi ..."
Staremo cercando un buon lavoro.

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ENGLISH
An Italian teacher interviewed two fourteen year old girls in a school in Rome, Italy.
Here is the text of the interview.

1)What is your name? Does your name mean anything particular in your language?
Corinna: My name’s Corinna. It doesn’t mean anything, but it is the name of a nymph.
Sara: My name’s Sara. It means princess.

2) What is your country’s official language? Do you speak other languages?
The official language of our country is Italian and yes, we speak a little bit of English and a little bit of French.

3) What is your country known for?
Our country is famous for its food and for the beautiful places and ancient monuments, rich in history, for the famous landscapes, such as lakes, mountains, coasts, etc. and for the nice way in which we treat all kinds of people.

4) What do you like about living in your city? What don’t you like?
Corinna: About living in my city I like the fact that in every hour you can find worldly life and every kind of enjoyment and I like the fact that my city is the capital of the country. I don’t like the traffic and the pollution.
Sara: About living in my city I like going shopping!! And I like the fact that in my city there are lots of ancient monuments. I don’t like the pollution and the pickpockets!

5) What do you do on week-ends?
On weekends we like going out with our group of friends downtown or to the movies.

6) When you go out with your friends, how do you go? By bus? By car? On foot?
We go downtown by bus or by subway.

7) Describe a typical day at school.
We arrive at school at 8 o’clock and we remain outside the classroom speaking and waiting for the beginning of the lessons. We have lessons for 3 hours, and then at 5 past 11 we have a break of 15 minutes. Then we have one or two hours of lessons, depending on the day. Finally we catch the bus to return home.

8) What subject do you like the most? Why? Which subject do you dislike the most? Why?
Corinna: My favorite subjects are English, because I like languages, and Latin, because it is simple but, at the same time difficult and attractive! On the other hand, I don’t like math and geometry, because they are "too scientific."
Sara: My favorite subjects are Greek and Latin, because they are ancient languages, but I don’t like math!

9) What is in fashion for girls this season? What is in fashion for boys?
The latest fashion is low-waist pants both for boys and for girls.

10) What is the most recent slang word or phrase? What does it mean?
The latest slang word is "bella!” which means hello.

11) What is your favorite movie? What is your favorite book? What is your favorite TV show?
Corinna: My favorite movie is Ghost, my favorite book is Tre metri sopra il cielo, and my favorite TV show is Zelig.
Sara: My favorite movie is Pearl Harbor, my favorite book is Harry Potter, and I don’t have a favorite TV show.

12) Who are your favorite musicians?
Corinna: I don’t have a favorite musician or group. I like pop, commercial and house music!
Sara: I don’t have a favorite musician or group. I like soft music.

13) What is your favorite Italian food?
Pasta, of course! Mostly with tomato sauce or "amatriciana", with bacon, onions and pecorino cheese.

14) Do you like American food?
Not so much, although we sometimes have a hamburger and fries at McDonald’s.

15) What do you think of America?
We are fascinated by such places as New York, San Francisco, Grand Canyon, national parks and by the things we see on TV.

16) If an American student came to Rome, where would you take him/her?
We would certainly take him/her to the Colosseo, the Circo Massimo, Piazza Navona and to Piazza di Spagna. We forgot! We would like to take him/her to Via Condotti to see the wonderful fashion shops.

17) Complete this phrase: "Ten years from now, we ...
will look for a good job!

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April 2010

Many thanks to Ingvill, a teen-ager from Lom, Norway, for agreeing to be interviewed for this month’s Hangout. Tusen takk!

Many thanks to Professor Solveig Zempel of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN for translating the original Hangout questions into Norwegian and then translating Ingvill’s responses into English. Tusen takk!

If you are a teacher or a student of the Norwegian language, you may download this interview for use in the classroom or for private study.

The Norwegian interview is followed by the English translation.

GENERELL INFORMASJON:

Ingvill
Ingvill

Fornavn: Ingvill
Alder: 14
By og Land: Lom, Norge
Offisielle språk i landet ditt: Norsk
Morsmålet ditt: Norsk
Andre språk du snakker: Litt Engelsk og litt Spansk

INTERVJU SPØRSMÅL:

1. Hva er landet dit kjent for?
Naturen, fjell og fjord.

2. Hva er det beste med å bo i Lom?
Tryggt og rolig.

3. Hva liker du minst med å bo i Lom?
Ikke så mye tilbud til ungdommer fra 12-18 år.

4. Beskriv familien din.
Vi er en tullete familie. Jeg er veldig glad i familien min!

5. Beskriv en god venn. Fortell om hans/hennes personlighet og utseende. Hvorfor er han/hun din venn?
Sina. Snill, humor, utstrålande person, ho er ubeskrivelig! Hun er pen, har fin smil.

6. Hva gjør du og vennene dine i fritida? Hvor møter du dem? Hvor drar dere? Hvordan drar dere til forskjellige steder ( med bil, sykkel, buss, eller til fots)?
Vi er på kafè, er hos hverandre det er mye annet ogå, men kommer ikke på nå. Vi drar til forskjellige steder. Vi drar med bil.

7. Hvor mange ganger i uka går du på skolen? Hvor mange timer er du på skolen hver dag?
5 dager, mandag, tirsdag, onsdag, torsdag og fredag. Jeg er på skolen 7 timer hverdag.

8. Hvor lang sommer ferie har du? Hvor mange ferier har du igjennom skoleåret? Hvilke ferier er det?
2 måneder. 4 ferier gjennom skoleåret. Vinterferie, påskeferie, høstferie og juleferie.

9. Hvilke fag studerer du dette året?
Norsk, musikk, naturfag, matematikk, spansk, engelsk, RLE

10. Hvilket fag liker du best?
Norsk og musikk.

11. Hvilket fag liker du minst?
Naturfag, det er et tung fag å lære.

12. Hva har du somregel i skolesekken din?
Skolebøker.

13. Hva er favoritt filmen din?
17 again

14. Hva er favoritt boka di?
På Flukt

15. Hvem er dine favoritt musikere?

Stave Church in Lom
Church

Gaute Ormåsen, Alan Jakson og Garth Brooks.

16. Hvilken mat liker du best?
Fiskerull i pitabrød.

17. Liker du Amerikansk mat?
Ja, hamburger, pomfrites.

18. Hva synes du om Amerika?
Jeg har ikke vært i amerika, men har lyst til å dra dit. Jeg synest det ser fint ut på bilder.

19. Hvis en Amerikansk student kom til byen din, hva ville du ha vist han/henne?
Flåklypa bygda jeg bor i, Naturen vi har, Setra vår og mye annet.

English Translation

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Ingvill with her sisters
Sisters

First Name: Ingvill
Age: 14
Town and country: Lom, Norway
Official language of your country: Norwegian
Your native language: Norwegian
Other languages you speak: A little English and a little Spanish

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:

1. What is your country famous for?
Nature, mountains, and fjords

2. What do you like about living in Lom?
It is a safe and peaceful place.

3. What do you not like about living in Lom?
Not so much to do for youth from 12-18 years old.

4. Describe your family.
We are a crazy family. I love my family very much.

5. Describe a good friend. Tell about his/her personality and physical appearance. Why is he/she your friend?
Sina is my good friend. She is kind, has good humor, is a warm person. She is indescribable. She is pretty, has a great smile.

6. What do you usually do with your friends? When do you usually meet them? Where do you usually go? How do you usually go places with them (by car, by bicycle, by bus, on foot)?
We go to the cafe, to each others’ houses, and lots of other things, too, that I can't think of right now. We go different places. We go by car.

7. How many days a week do you go to school? How many hours do you spend at school every day?
5 days, Monday through Friday. I am at school for 7 hours a day.

8. How long is your summer vacation? How many holidays do you have during the school year? What are they?
Summer vacation lasts 2 months. We have 4 vacations throughout the school year: Winter vacation, Easter vacation, fall vacation, and Christmas vacation.

9. What are the subjects that you are studying at school this year?
Norwegian, music, science, mathematics, Spanish, English, RLE

10. What subjects do you like the most?
Norwegian and music

11. What subject do you dislike the most? Why?
Science, that's hard to learn

12. What do you usually carry in your school bag?
Schoolbooks

13. What is your very favorite movie?
17 Again

14. What is your very favorite book?
På Flukt (English title: On the Run)

15. Who are your favorite musicians?
Gaute Ormåsen, Alan Jakson and Garth Brooks.

View from Borgen Farm
Farm

16. What is your favorite food?
Fish roll in pita bread

17. Do you like American food?
Yes, hamburger and fries

18. What is your opinion of America?
I haven't been to America, but I would like to go there. I think it looks nice in pictures.

19. If an American student came to your town, where would you take him/her?
To Flåklypa, the area where I live, the nature we have, our summer farm, and much more.


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February 2010

This month's Hangout is with Hiroaki Higaki from Japan. (This interview appeared in a previous Culture Club.) He is pictured below on the left, with a friend.

You can also see this interview in Japanese, by downloading this PDF document

Hiroaki1) What’s your name? Does your name mean something?
My name is Hiroaki Higaki. My first name means "generosity" and my last name means "cheerful"

2) What country are you from? Where on the world map can we find your country?
I’m from Japan. Japan is in East Asia on the world map. Many statues of Buddha made of stone stand on a hill near my city of Hiroshima and quietly welcome travelers.

3) What is your country known for?
My country is known for its hardworking people.

4) What is the official language of your country? Do you speak any other language (s)?
The official language of my country is Japanese. Yes, I speak English a little.

5) What do you like about living in your city? What don’t you like about living in your city?
I like to be surrounded by nature. I don't like the transportation facilities that are not quite good.

6) This is how you say "Good Bye" in my language:
sayonara

7) What’s your favorite movie/book/ TV show?
My all-time favorite movie is "Pirates of The Caribbean."

8) Who is your favorite musician or group? Describe their style of music
My favorite musicians are "Joanne D’Arc" and "Red Hot Chili Peppers"

9) Describe a typical school day.
In the morning I have three lessons (fifty minutes per lesson) and three lessons in the afternoon. I take a course designed for students who want to enter prestigious universities such as Tokyo University, Kyoto University, and so on. Being connected to a major cram school Yoyogi Zeminar, my school provides students with information about universities. Each class is small. The school helps students reach their own goals by the shortest way.

10) What are your favorite and least favorite subjects? Why?
My favorite subject is English. The reason is I’m interested in the world. I want to contribute to the world in the future. My least favorite subject is Math. The reason is I'm not good at studying math.

11) What are some of the fashion trends for girls this year? What about for boys?
For girls: roll-up jeans, frills, ribbons, vivid colors...etc. For boys: nothing special.

12) What’s your favorite Japanese food? Describe it.
My favorite food is Tendon. This dish is tempura, fried shrimp, and broth (dashi) on boiled rice.

13) Do you like American food? If so, what kinds?
My favorite food is Tendon.

14) What do you think of Americans?
I like them because I think they express themselves clearly and straightforwardly.

15) The latest slang word/phrase in Japan is:
The latest slang word is "Manifest" which means political pledge. It was used during the election for the House of Representatives last year.

16) What do you do on the weekends?
I usually study. Sometimes I cook.

17) When you go out with your friends, how do you get to where you are going? E.g.: Bus, motorbike, car,on foot, etc.
I go to see movies with my friends by train or bus.

18) This is how you say Thank you in Japanese
Arigato

19) If an American student came to your city, where would you take him/her?
I live on an island. So the sea is very beautiful. And I would take him to the beach. This island has many places with beautiful views. So I would take him there.

20) Finish this sentence: "In 6 years from now, I will...
In 6 years from now, I will study abroad because I want to know many things about the world. I will enter college. I’ll be majoring in the College of International Relations. In foreign country, I communicate with them and ask about their culture, eating customs, etc.... And I will come back to my country, get a job with a company which has markets in foreign countries in order to make use of my experience studying abroad.

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November 2009

This month's Hangout is in Spanish with Nelson, a 17-year-old from San Salvador, El Salvador. (This interview appeared in a previous Culture Club.)

Read the interview in ENGLISH

SPANISH
Nelson, es un jóven Salvadoreño de dieciseis años.
En la foto de abajo vemos a Nelson y su madre con la entrevistadora Christine Meloni (derecha)

Nelson from El Salvador1) ¿Cómo te llamas? Tu nombre tiene algún significado en tu lenguaje?
Nelson Raul Carranza Aparicio y no tiene ningun significado especial.

2) ¿Cuantos años tienes?
Dieciseis

3) ¿De qué paíis eres?¿Donde se encuentra tu país en un mapa mundial?
Soy de El Salvador. Mi país se encuentra en América Central.

4) ¿Por qué se conoce tu país?
Por su gente que es muy amigable y con mucho calor humano, por la comida típica y por sus playas, que son perfectas para surfear.

5)¿ Cual es el languaje official de tu país? ¿Hablas otro lenguaje(s)?
Nuestro lenguaje oficial es el Español.

6) ¿Cual es tu película o libro favorito?
Mi libro favorito es jesper y mi pelíicula favorita es corazón de caballero.

7) ¿Cual es tu canción o cantante favorito?
Incubus

8) Describe un día escolar tíipico
Entrar a la escuela a las 7 am, trabajar hasta las 4 pm después hacer las tareas y ver televisión

9) ¿Cuales son tus clases favoritas y menos favoritas? Por qué?
La clase de química es mi clase favorita porque entiendo lo que el profesor enseña. Sociales es la
que no me gusta porque es la más aburrida de todas.

10) ¿Qué está a la moda entre los jóvenes este año? ¿Para las muchachas? y ¿Para los varones?
Ropa semi formal, jeans, minifaldas y mini blusas, sandalias, shorts, usar camisas formales y zapatos de punta cuadrada.

11) ¿Qué deportes les gusta jugar a los varones? Y ¿a las muchachas?
A ambos les gustan el Bolibol y el fútbol.

12) ¿Cual es tu comida favorita?
Las pupusas, que son el plato típico de mi país.

13) ¿Qué haces los fines de semana?
pasarlos con mi familia o con mi novia.

14) ¿Cuando sales con tus amigos,¿ qué método de transporte usas?
El bus principalmente porque no tenemos licencia para manejar, todavía somos muy jóvenes.

15) Si un estudiante Americano te visitara, ¿a donde en tu ciudad lo llevarias?
A la Zona Rosa, es un lugar donde hay muchos restaurantes y discos para ir a bailar.

16) ¿Cómo se dice "Thank you " en tu lenguaje?gracias

17) ¿Qué te gusta y qué no te gusta de vivir en tu ciudad?
La contaminacion no me gusta y me gusta que es tranquila

18) ¿Cual es tu opinión de los Americanos?
Bueno no he conocido a muchos americanos pero creo que son graciosos y simpáticos.

19) Completa la oracion: En seis años estaré...
Terminando mi carrera en la universidad

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ENGLISH
Nelson is a sixteen and he is from El Salvador
In the picture we can see Nelson with his mother and interviewer Christine (right)

Nelson from El Salvador1) What is your name? Does your name mean something in your language?
Nelson Raul Carranza Aparicio; it doesn’t mean anything in particular.

2) How old are you?Sixteen

3) What country are you from? Where on the world map can we find your country?
I’m from El Salvador. It’s in Central America.

4) What is your country known for?
For its people who are very friendly and warm, for the typical food, for its beaches which are perfect for swimming.

5) What is the official language of your country? Do you speak any other language(s)?
Spanish. I am studying English now at school and in a private school on Saturdays.

6) What is your all time favorite book/movie?
My favorite book is Jesper

7) Who is your favorite musician? Incubus

8) Describe a typical school day.
Get up early, go to school at 7 am, study until 4 pm, do my homework and watch TV.

9) What are your favorite subject and least favorite subjects? Why?
Chemistry is my favorite subject because I understand everything the teacher explains, and Social Studies is my least favorite subject because it’s boring.

10) What are some of the fashion trends for teenagers this year?
Semiformal clothes: boots, sandals, shorts, jeans, mini skirts and mini blouses.

11) What sports do boys really like to play? What about girls?
Both play volleyball and soccer.

12) What is your favorite Salvadorian food?
Pupusa, the typical food from my country.

13) What do you do on the weekends?
Stay home with my family or go to my girlfriend’s house.

14) When you go out with your friends, how do you get to where you are going? Bus? Motorbike? Car? On foot?
We go by bus because we do not have drivers’ licenses. We are too young to have one.

15) If an American student came to your city, where would you take him/her?
To the Zona Rosa, which is a place with a lot of restaurants and discos.

16) This is how you say "thank you" in Spanish:
Gracias

17) What do you like/don’t like about living in your city?
I like it because it’s quiet, but I don’t like the pollution.

18) What is your opinion of Americans?
I have not met many yet, but I think they are nice and funny.

19) Finish this sentence: In 6 years from now, I will...
be finishing my university career.

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