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I have been away from GCE for quite a few months, but now I am able to write again. Here is an interview I did some time ago. I was at a little restaurant, and Sierra was working there.
AN INTERVIEW WITH SIERRA (girl, age 16)
Nancy: What have you been doing this week?
Sierra: I go to school every day and I work.
Nancy: What kind of work do you do?
Sierra: I work here. It’s a fast food restaurant, and I run the cash register.* I have been working here four months.
Nancy: Do you like it?
Sierra: Yes. Everybody is nice. We work as a team.
Nancy: What will you do this weekend?
Sierra: I’ll work. I have four-hour shifts.* I’ll hang out* with my friends and enjoy my day out of school.
Nancy: You don’t have school on Monday, right?
Sierra: It’s Veterans Day* in memory of the soldiers.
Nancy: What do you want to do after you finish high school?
Sierra: I want to go to community college* for two years and become a dental assistant.* I had braces* and I watched them working with my teeth. I want to help other people with their teeth.
Nancy: Is there anything that you would like to say to kids in Afghanistan?
Sierra: Hi. How’s your life in Afghanistan?
Cash register A machine printing bills for customers.
Shift The hours that a person works in one day is a "shift."
Hang out This is informal English. It means sit and relax and talk.
Veterans Day This holiday is on the Monday nearest to November 11. World War I ended on November 11. Now the holiday is a day to say thank you to all the people who have worked as soldiers.
Community college These schools are similar to the first two years of university.
Dental assistant The person who helps a dentist.
Braces These are the wires that some young people must wear on their teeth to make their teeth straighter.
SOME DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
1. Sierra wants to know about your life in Afghanistan. If you could talk to her, what would you tell her? What do you like to do each week? What is good or bad about life in your city?
2. Do you go to a dentist? Do you think dentistry might be an interesting career? Why or why not?
Thank you very much for writing, Amjid, I enjoyed reading your long message that had lots of information. I have often heard about the Afghan cricket team, and I look for the team on the internet. It is a famous team. I am very glad that many things in your country are strong and that many people can live a good life. Now we hope that more and more people can enjoy a strong economy.
I appreciated your report about seeing the dentist too. I'm glad the dentist was able to fill the cavity and that you don't have pain any more. Dentists help us a lot!
Thank you for your message, Abdul. I'm glad the interviews are interesting and a little helpful to you. I am glad too that you are following your dream and getting a good education. Education is key to solving many problems.
Hello dear madam
I hope you and you are all family members and friends good and healthy
Afghanistan life is good but we have some problems like security system and economic system
I work every week I have go to school and attend some courses and I write my school home works
Our city is good but has some problems and here I would just mentioned the big one which is about polluted air.
Yes. Dentist is very good job because it is a good serve for all people
Rafiullah Hashimi Shahhed M Arif AYC
I am happy that you wrote to me, Rafiullah. Thank you. Several people have mentioned that the air in your city is very polluted. Do you have lots of cars that are causing the pollution? I hope that you are not having breathing problems because of the air.
I am sorry that there are very difficult problems in your city, Muslim Ahmad, but I am glad that you are able to go to school every day and study. I hope that your schools will stay very safe. Thank you for writing.
thank you from you lokking i will struggle in own study and i every time
Hard study because i am coming his country i dont Aspiration from hand
په كلكه توګه.
Congratulations on working hard at school. You will learn many, many good things.
exactly i will learn more good things
Yes, and I hope you will teach me more things about Afghanistan through this discussion group.