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 and greetings

hope to be fine and have a great time

thanks for adding such a nice interview with Amanda

it is great hearing that Amanda study he hard and try to become economist in the future i hope she reach to her target in the future.

now i will come to some of the questions

as you know that from last three decades there was war in Afghanistan and most of the afghans has seen bad days and the same my father also has seen bad days and has faced with allots of problems in the last decades.

1.then it is clear that my life is more change than my father because there was nothing on my father time as Amanda said that there was only plastic and stones so she is right during my father time there was no vehicles, cars,telephone,computers, and other new technologies which we have now.

2. in fact i did not understand on this question if you explain it me will i shall be thankful to you.

thanks

Asad Armany from Rotary h.S

no need to explain i got the question nad now i will answer to your nice and interesting qustions

2. well i think every one have some bright and happy side in their life and especially my first brigt side that my mother and father love me allot bacically my Mom love me more than my father and i also love her allot and it is proved that mother is more kind than father.

and the second bright side of mine is still unknown and it will become true on that time when i get higher education i mean when i get degree in BCS to become the best software engineer so on that time it should be my most brillant brigt side.

thanks

Asad khan from Rotary H.S

Yes, most Afghan people have faced very difficult days and have shown great courage.  I hope that in the future, life in Afghanistan can improve a lot, just as life in Albania has improved a lot in the past twenty years.

Your mother sounds like a very kind woman, Asad.  I'm sure she is proud of you and that both your father and your mother will be very proud of you when you get a BCS degree!

Thanky you Nancy

yes surly they will proud of me when i get degree of BCS

THANKS DEAR NANCY

Hello dear Nancy~ At first i would like to thank of you for arranged such a wonderful interview with Amanda i really love with your interview it is really important for all of us to read your interview really perfect and among the line, because mostly when i read your interview, so  i see some new words, and new sentences, but one thing is your interview is pretty different from here one i mean something that's, which we have here from those who are getting interview from others, So i would like to thank of you for such a nice interview hope you carry on your activities with us for a quite long time, And hope you get a big-shot in your job...

Thanks from you once again dear Nancy

Wish you all the best 

Zainullah khan from Abdul wakil high school 

Zainullah, I really appreciate your encouragement!  I'm glad that you are learning new words and also able to read about young people with different lives.

hello to all 

hope to be fine and healthy 

thanks from your nice and interesting topic

our life has more differents with our parents life in the past  becouse in the past life of our parent their were new tecnalogy but now the forign countries pave the way for us to know the new tecnology 

on is knolege and new tecnology

and myparents

thanks

This is Sayd Nooragha from Abdul Wakil High School

I sure hope that the efforts by foreign countries to bring new technology to Afghanistan will be helpful to you in building a good future, Sayd.  It sounds like you have a good mind and good parents, and those are both big blessings.

Hello dear

wish you happiness and sound health

thank you so much from your nice and entrusting discussion

we cant compare our life with our fathers life same due to today is more comfortable then past with new technologies , and other facilites for studying or etc

the thing which make me so happy in daily life is parents when i see some one without parents then i come so happy to see my parents beside me

the second is start of the day morning when i get up healthy and alive then i come so happy to see my self alive healthy

thanks

samim shairzay from abdul wakil high school

You have a wonderful attitude towards life, Samim.  We should all remember to be thankful each day for life and health, and to have parents with us is a big blessing.  We should all share  your good attitude.

hello madam Ackles

wish you fine and have nice moment with your family and friends

thanks from your nice and interesting discussion according to your

topic and question at first thanks from Amanda that she attend for

interviwe with you and hope that your discussion wer not duill and

boring and its was fineshed delightfully according to your questions

(1) my father mentioned to me that when i was jovinel on that time

we didnot had shoes,sandals, babouch and ETC.. and we went to

school without shoes and other things of wearing to feet and he

mentioned that our school was for from our house 10/11 Km and it

was so hard of going to the place of education and knowled to become

literated and educated personality in the community to serve our

country and the meek residents of our country and compatriots and

also he mentioned of his childhood memories that when we plaied football

on that time we made a ball from asfangs and from old sweaters and

jackets so its was so hard time of life and know we have so good and

delighfull life so we should indeavour in our schools subjects to become

knoledgable personality in the society to serve our country and compatriots

best wishes

tamim shairzay from abdul wakil high school

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