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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I am glad that you  have joined this group, Ibrar, and I thank you for writing.  i am happy to hear that you have more security now in Afghanistan and that you are able to get an education.  I hope there will be more and more schools and teachers in your country in the coming years.

 

Hello dear madam Nancy.

I hope you will very good and fine.                 

Thank a lots for sharing this wonderful interview with us.

Yeah, a lots of different between my life and my parents life. It have a lot of time to I tell for you there all different but for you I will some famous different tell. One famous different between my life and my parents is daily life. Daily life mean that to my daily life is very modern and very technical but my parents’ daily life is very simple and rural or suburban. My father say when I was young in the Afghanistan not have peace very a lot war in the Afghanistan but now a few peace in Afghanistan.

One think to happy me is the happy news.

And other think to happy my mother when I see my mother I very happy.

 

Thank you,

Ahmad Bilal Shaheed M Arif AYC 

It sounds like you have very good parents, Ahmad.  I am very glad that there is more peace now in your country.  I hope your father can have many peaceful days, and that you and your family can enjoy life together for a very long time.

Hello dear madam Nancy.
Thanks for you’re sharing this interview with us


I hope you will fine and have a good time with your friends.
This time is very different with that time because in that time people didn’t care of education
because they weren’t having interested with education.
In this time every person cares of education every person wants to improve via getting education.
In this time we have ease for education but in that time haven’t ease for education.
The two things that make me happy those are my family and friends.

Thanks

Sameer Noori from Miaomar computer lab.

 

Good educational opportunities are a great blessing!  I'm glad that so many people can get better education now.

For me too, family and friends are very, very important.  Sometimes we say that the most important things in life are Faith, Family, and Friends.

Thank you for writing, Sameer.

Hello dear madam Nancy
 I hope to be fine and have a good time with your family and friends.
Thanks  for sharing your great interview with Amanda.

When my father was young  he worked hard. With education he also worked hard.
At the morning time my father went to school and afternoon my father worked hard.
But now my father says me that you should  continue only to your education and you
should become a good doctor to serve to Afghanistan because as we know better now
Afghanistan is a back warded country in the world. The two happy things in my life are
1: peace come in Afghanistan 2: to finish my education and become a good doctor
because it is my wish it is my father’s wish it is the wish of my all family that I should
become a good doctor because now there are three decades war in Afghanistan and I
want to serve to the baleful people of this war.

Thanks .
Azizullah Muftizada (Mia Omar GCE/AYC Lab) 

I certainly hope that you will be able to complete your studies to be a doctor, Azizullah.  Truthfully, any medical profession will be very helpful for your country.  I see the work here of radiologists and physical therapists, and these jobs are very important.

Your family sounds like a very good family.  When I pray, I pray for peace in Afghanistan.

Thanks dear Nancy!

I will try to become a doctor. there are the lots of important medical parts for example; medical technology, pharmacy, radiology and etc...... thanks for this  you pray for the peace in Afghanistan.

Yes, I pray for peace in Afghanistan and for comfort for the people who have lost family members in the wars.

Thanks dear Nancy!

Be it so, people in our country also pray the same and we hope one day we will have peaceful AFGHANISTAN. 

We are united in our prayers, and that is good.

Thanks dear Nancy!

the people of every country should be unity in their prayers. so now every one should pray for the betterment of Afghanistan.

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