Last week I was in Albania.  Twenty years ago, Albania was a very poor, backward country.  Today, twenty years later, it is a strong country with a lot of development. Visiting Albanitia makes me feel hope for all countries.

 

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.*

 

SOME VOCABULARY

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.”

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1.  Life for Miranda 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?

 

 

 

 

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Hello dear madam Nancy.

Hope you are fine!

Ans1: Our father has belonged with a wealthy tribe and he has lived really well and that time our father was a famous businessman and he worked the stones like diamond, almas, and some other expensive stones. And he made the great way for our education and some other life facilities through his own business. And our father is well educated person and as well he has got bachelor of law.     

 

Ans 2:- I have two basic bright thing in my life by which I can make my future well one is education and the other thing is well communication with people.  By education I can demolish my life problems which I will face in future and by well communication with people I can access to the high level of my life. And get other people attentions to myself.

You come from an interesting background, Rashid.  It sounds like your father used his position and skills to build a good life for you and all your family.  I'm sure you feel grateful to him, and now you will use your education and communication skills to build a good future for yourself and your family.  Your father has given you big blessings.

Hello dear madam I hope you are well and fine thank
I am hoppy from your nice topic
I get so different in my life from childhood
My life example, I had hope learn read, write and learn some more thing because I did not know by spelling and discourse and by Quran and the Now time I know by spelling, discourse and by Quran, a lot of speaking but the time is little
Thank you
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Hello dear madam

I hope you are fine and healthy and doing well with your family.

According to your question yes there are a lot of different things in my life from my parent’s life when they are children. At that time the security of this country was bad because there are a lot of foreign armies like Russian and others countries. But now a day there are good security in our country or there are a lot of facilities for getting education or there are a lot of people they don’t consider for education they are addicted with other things. In the last my message for those people that they are uneducated they must go to educational places for getting education.

Thanks a lot for your wonderful question

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