AN INTERVIEW WITH ROBERTA  (girl, age 21)

This interview is with a girl from Northern Ireland who is studying in the U.S. in our capital city, Washington D.C.

Nancy:  What have you been doing this week?

Roberta:  I went to the cinema at the start of the week.  I’ve been at college all week.  I was very sick.  I managed to get an ear infection, bronchitis* and a muscle strain* all at the same time.  I went to the doctor on Tuesday.

Nancy:  How did you get well?

Roberta:  I’ve been on antibiotics and I’ve slept a lot.

Nancy:  What are you studying?

Roberta:  Business and business management.

Nancy:  How did you come to the US this year?

Roberta:  It’s a program that the British Council runs.  At the end of the year I have to write a project about the differences between the US and Northern Ireland as places to work and all the differences in American culture.

Nancy:  What have you noticed?

Roberta:  A lot of people go to college here.  People are educated.  There are a lot of businesses so people here have a business orientation.  In Northern Ireland there isn’t so much of a private sector.*  America is very big.  Northern Ireland has about 1.6 million people, the size of a small city here.  There are about 18 million people in New York City.  There are cars everywhere in America.  The food is different.  There are lots of hamburgers and fries* and lots of Italian pasta.  America is very diverse.*  There are lots of cultures here.  At home there is only one.

Nancy:  What have you seen in D.C.?

Roberta:  I’ve seen the monuments like the Abraham Lincoln monument and the museums.  I’ve been to the White House where the President lives.

Nancy:  What was your favorite?

Roberta:  The Air and Space Museum.  It was fantastic and my favorite.  I saw the space shuttle there.

Nancy:  Is there anything that you would like to say to kids in Afghanistan?

Roberta:  Hello.  And my favorite verse from the Bible: Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young but set an example* in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

 

SOME VOCABULARY

Bronchitis  An infection in the lungs

Muscle strain  An injury to muscles because the muscle had to work too hard

Private sector  Jobs that aren’t from the government are private sector.  Government jobs are public sector.

Fries  Potatoes that are cooked in hot oil.

Diverse  Diverse means “includes many different kinds of people.”

Set an example  If you set an example, you live in a good way so that other people can see how they should live.

 

SOME DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1.  Have you been sick recently?  When you are sick, is it easy or difficult for you to get medical care?

2.  Do you know someone who sets a good example for you?  Why do you want to be like this person?

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Hello madam Nancy.
I hope you are fine and healthy.
According to your first question I like to say: I am sick recently 2 month ago it is very easy for me to take medicine;
According to your second question I like to say: for me big example is my father
Because my father is very kind and very intelligent and I want to become in future like my father.
thanks
Saeed. shaheed M Arif AYC
Hello madam Nancy.
I hope you are fine and healthy.
According to your first question I like to say: I am sick recently 2 month ago it is very easy for me to take medicine;
According to your second question I like to say: for me big example is my father
Because my father is very kind and very intelligent and I want to become in future like my father.
thanks
Saeed. shaheed M Arif AYC
Hello madam Nancy.
I hope you are fine and healthy.
According to your first question I like to say: I am sick recently 2 month ago it is very easy for me to take medicine;
According to your second question I like to say: for me big example is my father
Because my father is very kind and very intelligent and I want to become in future like my father.
thanks
Saeed. shaheed M Arif AYC

Dear, Madam Nancy  

I hope you are fine and feeling awesome.

I am Tulha Amin

Istiqlal AYS

Yes. I have been sick recently. I think 2 days ago.it was very difficult! Because I have sore throat. And I was in the operation room.                                                                                

Yes, our father sets a good example for me that they are very intelligent, I really like you’re all struggling.

 

 

I hope that your throat is feeling much better now, Tulha Amin. 

Thank you for your message.  I am glad that you have a good father.  A good father is a big blessing in life.

Dear, Madam Nancy  

I hope you are fine and feeling awesome.

I am Tulha Amin

Istiqlal AYS

Yes. I have been sick recently. I think 2 days ago.it was very difficult! Because I have sore throat. And I was in the operation room.                                                                                

Yes, our father sets a good example for me that you are very intelligent, I really like you’re all struggling.

 with best regards

 

 

Hello dear,

I wish you’re great and fine

Yes I have been sick 5 days ago it was difficult get medical care because here is lack of specialist and good doctors  because of a lot of economic problems. But when someone sick it’s really hard because we can’t go to school we cannot perform the chores and we can’t go to course because we are energy less and feeling bad.

Yes I know someone who have set it a great example for me and these are Russian who wanted occupy Afghanistan and I like these people because I am warning to all those people who want to occupy Afghanistan all of you will be fail like Russian.

Thanks for your lovely question.

Zahidullah sabir

I think Afghanistan will always be an independent country, Zahidullah, and I hope that you will also have peace in your country.  Here is the US, everyone hopes you will have peace after so many years of war and troubles.

I'm glad you are feeling better now after your illness.  We will hope too that with peace your country can develop and have a stronger medical system.

Thank you very much

And I thank you for writing.

In the name of Allah

 

Hello dear Madam Nancy I hope you are at the top condition of your life.

Yes,  I have  been sick  many times,  sickness  is  not  easy  for  me  because  I lose my health

Good health is one best asset, I mean if you are health you can do everything specially in your school life. To be sick is the worse condition of life  

Moreover, to be honest my brother is good set for me. I want to follow him because he is very well known in the society. Everybody likes him.

Thanks Lot

With best wishes,

 

I am sorry to hear about your health problems, Khalikhan.  I hope that you will be able to enjoy good health now and in the future.

It sounds like you have a very fine big brother.  Surely you enjoy good family times together.

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