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Friday, December 2, 2011

Class press conference

I've been teaching more classes at public schools in the past few days, and one this afternoon was particularly entertaining. Consisting of 12- and 13-year olds, the Vietnamese teacher in charge of the room said the students could ask me some questions about the USA. I was more than happy to oblige, since this meant I didn't have to put any effort into actually teaching, and boy did they let rip. The class was only 30 minutes long, and a little over 20 minutes of it ended up being a rapid-fire question and answer session. The White House press corps has nothing on these kids. Below is a large selection of some of the questions they asked, as well as a few answers that elicited further questions. They give an interesting look into what students here care about.

How old are you? 23.
So young!
Are you married?
Do you have a girlfriend?
Do you have brothers?
Do you have sisters? Yes, 2.
How old are your sisters?
How many people are in your family?
How old are your parents? (They thought my parents were really old when I said their ages.)
Do you miss your family?
Do you love your family?
Do you walk a dog every day in the US?
Where is your hometown? New Orleans.
Is it near New York?
Have you been to New York?
How do you eat food in the US?
Can you eat a lot of food?
Is it delicious?
Do you like soccer? (Got this one about 5 times.)
Do you like Manchester United?
Do you like Chelsea?
Do you like Wayne Rooney?
What kind of music do you like?
What's your favorite sport? Hockey.
Are you good or bad at hockey?
Do you know how to drive a car?
Do you like to read books?
Have you been to Paris?
Can you swim?
Have you gone swimming in America?
Who did you come to Vietnam with?
How did you feel before you came to Vietnam?
Do you like Vietnam?
What don't you like about Vietnam?
Do you like Vietnamese food?
Do you like Vietnamese people?
Can you speak Vietnamese?
What do you think you will be in the future?
Can you drive in Ho Chi Minh City?
What do you do on the weekend?

No further questions.

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