Global Connections and Exchange Program Online Network of Teachers and Students
AN INTERVIEW WITH AMANDA (girl, age 13) FROM ALBANIA
Nancy: What have you been doing this week?
Amanda: I first wake up in the morning and I get ready for school, and the school starts at 8:30. I have nine classes, forty-five minutes each, in school and they finish at a quarter to four. Then I come home. Some days I have an English course or a volleyball course. On Monday and Thursday, I have an English course, and on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, I have volleyball. In the weekend, I go shopping or go to the cinema.* Then in the afternoons I always read a book or do my homework. In the evening, I always watch TV or get on the computer.
Nancy: Why do you do volleyball?
Amanda: Because it’s my favorite sport. I enjoy it a lot. I play on the Partizani Voli team. Now on June first we will start to compete with other teams. We’re number ten, so we have a lot of work to do.
Nancy: Why do you take the English course after school?
Amanda: I study English because I want to go outside of our country to go to school. I want to become an economist. I also study English at school.
Nancy: Where would you like to go to university?
Amanda: I would like to go to university in Italy. I would like to work as an economist in a bank and start a new life, like a grownup.
Nancy: Is there anything else special happening in your life now?
Amanda: Well, I’m going to do a spelling bee* through the US Embassy. This is my second time. Last time I got third place.
Nancy: Is your life different than your father’s life was when he was thirteen?
Amanda: Life has changed a lot. In my father’s time, they didn’t have a lot of things like I do. My father ate bread and oil. I eat hamburgers and fast food, so I can’t complain. Now school is harder than it was then. I play computer games, but my father played with stones and a plastic ball.
Nancy: Is there anything that you would like to say to kids in Afghanistan?
Amanda: We can always look on the bright side. Things could be worse.*
Cinema Americans usually say ‘the movies’ but in British English, people say ‘the cinema.’
Spelling bee This is a traditional kind of contest to see who can spell the most words correctly.
Look on the bright side. Things could be worse. This is a traditional saying and means that we can always see something positive in our situation. For example, if we have bad shoes, we can think, “Some other people have no feet. I am happy that I have shoes.”
1. Life for Amanda is very different from the life her father had as a child. How is your life different from life when your parents were young?
2. What are two of the happy things (bright side) in your life?