SASKIA

 

INTERVIEW TO SASKIA HOLBOURN , A NICE AUSTRALIAN WOMAN WHO IS WORKING WITH THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT THIS YEAR. SHE TEACHES GROUPS IN THE EUROPEAN SECTION PROGRAM.

THIS IS AN EXTRACT OF AN INTERVIEW THAT STUDENTS IN 4TH YEAR MADE IN FEBRUARY…

  • WHAT IS THE BEST AND THE WORST OF LIVING IN SPAIN?

THE BEST IS THAT “MANCHEGOS” (SHE LAUGHS) ARE QUIET AND REALLY NICE. WHEN YOU GO TO BARS, THEY ALWAYS GIVE YOU FREE FOOD “PINCHOS”

THE WORST IS PROBABLY THE WEATHER, NOT AS DRY AS I EXPECTED.

  • WHAT IS THE ADVICE YOU’D LIKE TO GIVE TO THE STUDENTS WHO ARE THINKING ABOUT LEAVING THE COUNTRY?

THEY SHOULD EARN A LOT OF MONEY BECAUSE IT IS A VERY EXPENSIVE TRIP. IT IS ESSENTIAL TO BE OPEN AND FRANK WITH PEOPLE, SO YOU CAN SOCIALISE AND LEARN THE LANGUAGE EASILY

  • WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SPANISH AND AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE IN THEIR ATTITUDE AND PERSONALITY?

SPANISH PEOPLE HAVE A MELODIC VOICE WHEN THEY SPEAK AND THEY USUALLY MAKE GESTURES. AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE SPEAK LOWER AND THEY DON’T NORMALLY MOVE THEIR HANDS . WE ARE FAR MORE CALM.

  • ARE THERE MANY CRIMES IN AUSTRALIA?

OF COURSE THERE ARE BUT DIFFERENT. I REMEMBER THAT A MOTHER WAS ACCUSED OF KILLING HER BABY. WHEN SHE WAS AT THE COURT, SHE SAID THAT A DINGO (A BIG DOG) HAD EATEN THE BABY WHEN SHE LEFT IT IN A TENT . EVEN TODAY SOME PEOPLE DON’T BELIEVE HER STORY.

  • DID YOU SEE ANY ACCIDENT IN YOUR LIFE?

I SAW A CAR HITTING A CHILD AS HE WAS CROSSING THE STREET. THE DRIVER WENT TOO FAST AND THE PEDESTRIAN WAS SPEAKING ON THE PHONE. HE WAS ON A ZEBRA CROSSING SO HE WAS NON-GUILTY

STUDENTS THANKED SASKIA FOR ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS SO KINDLY