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Swasdee ! How are you doing ?

In the 'Lesson 16: Where Are You From?' let you know the questions for interview the tourists commonly. And you may sometime have a chance to asked from stranger you meet on any places also.

Many thanks to Google Translate anymore.

 

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Lesson 16: Where Are You From?

January 12, 2018
 

Summary

Anna interviews tourists on the National Mall in Washington, DC. She learns about where they are from and the languages they speak.

Speaking

In this video, you can learn to say the new words. Learn how to say your country and nationality. You can also download the Activity Sheet and practice talking about countries and nationalities with a friend.​

Pronunciation

​In this video, you ​learn about how English speakers say, "a couple of."

Conversation

Anna: Hello! Washington, D.C. has many tourists! People from different countries come here. Today, my job is to interview tourists. I have to learn why they come here. This is very exciting! Excuse me. I’m Anna Matteo from The News. Do you have time for an interview?
Sabrina: Sure, I have time.
Anna: What is your name?
Sabrina: My name is Sabrina.
Anna: What country are you from?
Sabrina: I’m from Bangladesh.
Anna: So, you are Bangladeshi.
Sabrina: That’s right! My nationality is Bangladeshi.
Anna: Do you like Washington, D.C.?
Sabrina: Yes! The city is very beautiful!
Anna: What do you like to do in Washington D.C.?
Sabrina: I like history. So, I like walking around and looking at all the monuments and memorials. They make history come alive!
Anna: Washington has many monuments and memorials. The Washington Monument is behind us! Which is your favorite?
Sabrina: I really like Lincoln Memorial. It is very beautiful. And it feels like Abraham Lincoln is still alive.
Anna: Awesome. Thank you for your time, Sabrina!
Sabrina: You’re welcome.
Anna: Let’s find another tourist.
Anna: Oh! Excuse me. I am Anna Matteo from The News. Do you have time for a couple of questions?
Louis: Sure!
Anna: Are you from Washington, D.C.?
Louis: No, I’m not.
Anna: What is your name and where are you from?
Louis: My name is Louis. And I’m from China.
Anna: What languages do you speak?
Louis: I speak Chinese and English.
Anna: What do you like about Washington DC?
Louis: I like the museums. I really like the art museums.
Anna: Many of the museums are free.
Louis: I like that too!
Anna: Awesome! Thanks for your time, Louis.
Louis: You’re very welcome. Bye!
Anna: Now, let’s find another tourist!
Anna: Hello! I am Anna Matteo from The News. Do you have time to answer a couple of questions?
Mehrnoush: Sure!
Anna: What is your name and where’re you from?
Mehrnoush: My name is Mehrnoush. I am from Iran. I’m Iranian.
Anna: What language do they speak in Iran? Is it Persian?
Mehrnoush: They speak Farsi.
Anna: What do you like to do in Washington DC?
Mehrnoush: Well, I like learning about government and politics.
Anna: Washington has many politicians!
Mehrnoush: It does! I want to see the U.S. Capitol.
Anna: Look, you are very near.
Mehrnoush: I am!
Anna: Have fun!
Mehrnoush: Thanks!
Anna: There you have it. Tourists from all over the world come to Washington, D.C. They all like doing and seeing different things in the city. This is Anna Matteo reporting for The News. Until next time!
Anna: Is that okay? Awesome! Now, I want to do my favorite thing in the city … ridethe carousel!
 

Writing

Where are you from? What languages do you speak? What do you like to do when you travel? Write to us by email or in the Comments section. Click on the image below to download the Activity Sheet and practice writing and talking about countries and nationalities with a friend.

Activity Sheet Lesson 16
Activity Sheet Lesson 16

Learning Strategy

Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective.

The learning strategy for this lesson is Monitor. We monitor to check on what we hear and say when we are speaking and listening in English. Here is an example from this lesson's conversation.

Anna asks, "What country are you from?" She monitors to make sure Sabrina understands the question. Sabrina answers, "I’m from Bangladesh." Now, Anna knows that Sabrina understands the question.
Anna thinks she knows how to say Sabrina's nationality. She tries it: "So, you are Bangladeshi." Anna is listening to monitor what Sabrina says. Anna is not sure: is "Bangladeshi" the right way to say Sabrina's nationality? Some people use the word, "Bengali" to say this nationality.
Sabrina answers, "That’s right! My nationality is Bangladeshi." In Anna's mind, she monitors her understanding. She thinks, "I can say Bangladeshi for the nationality of a person from Bangladesh."

How do you monitor when learning English? Write to us in the Comments section or send us an email. Teachers, see the Lesson Plan for more details on teaching this strategy.

 

Quiz

Anna asks the tourists many questions. Can you choose the right question for each person? See how well you understand the lesson by taking this short quiz.

 

 

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New Words

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln – n. the 16th President of the United States
alive – adj. living; not dead
art – n. something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings
carousel – n. a machine or device with a moving belt or part that carries things around in a circle
country – n. an area of land that is controlled by its own government
couple – n. two (things) or a few (things)
favorite – n. a person or a thing that is liked more than others
free – adj. not costing any money
government – n. the group of people who control and make decisions for a country, state, etc.
history – n. the study of past events
memorial – n. something (such as a monument or ceremony) that honors a person who has died or serves as a reminder of an event in which many people died
monument – n. a building, statue, etc., that honors a person or event
museum – n. a building in which interesting and valuable things (such as paintings and sculptures or scientific or historical objects) are collected and shown to the public
nationality – n. the fact or status of being a member or citizen of a particular nation
question – n. a sentence, phrase, or word that asks for information or is used to test someone's knowledge
politics – n. activities that relate to influencing the actions and policies of a government or getting and keeping power in a government
ride – v. to sit on and control the movements of (a horse, motorcycle, bicycle, etc.)
tourist – n. a person who travels to a place for pleasure
U.S. Capitol – n. the building in which the U.S. Congress meets in Washington, D.C.

Countries/Nationalities/Languages

Bangladesh – n. a country in Asia
Bangladeshi – n. a native or inhabitant of Bangladesh. adj. of, relating to, or characteristic of Bangladesh or its people.
China - n. People's Republic of, a country in E Asia.
Chinese n. the standard language of China, based on the speech of Beijing; Mandarin; a native or descendant of a native of China.
adj. of or relating to China, its inhabitants, or one of their languages​
Iran - n. a republic in SW Asia.
Iranian - adj. of or relating to Iran, its inhabitants, or their language; of or relating to the Iranian languages.
n. a subbranch of the Indo-European family of languages, an inhabitant of Iran; Persian.​
Farsi n.​ the modern Iranian language of Iran and western Afghanistan, written in the Arabic alphabet; modern Persian.​
Persian – adj. of or relating to ancient and recent Persia (now Iran), its people, or their language.
n. a member of the native peoples of Iran; the principal language of Iran and western Afghanistan, in its historical and modern forms.

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English In A Minute

English in a Minute: Take With a Grain of Salt

January 13, 2018
 
 

What does salt have to do with suspicion? Watch this week's EIM to learn all about this expression.

Episodes

  • English in a Minute: Take With a Grain of Salt
    JANUARY 13, 2018

    English in a Minute: Take With a Grain of Salt

  • English in a Minute: Churn Out
    JANUARY 06, 2018

    English in a Minute: Churn Out

  • English in a Minute: Off the Grid
    DECEMBER 30, 2017

    English in a Minute: Off the Grid

  • English in a Minute: By the Skin of My Teeth
    DECEMBER 23, 2017

    English in a Minute: By the Skin of My Teeth

  • English in a Minute: Have a Blast
    DECEMBER 16, 2017

    English in a Minute: Have a Blast

  • English in a Minute: Old Habits Die Hard
    DECEMBER 09, 2017

    English in a Minute: Old Habits Die Hard

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January 12, 2018

January 12, 2018
A look at the best news photos from around the world.
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People watch as aircrafts perform during an airshow at Saudi Aviation Forum at Thumamah airport, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A technician inspects the frescoes of the 15th Century Brunelleschi's dome of Florence's Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, during a scheduled monitoring program.
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A technician inspects the frescoes of the 15th Century Brunelleschi's dome of Florence's Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, during a scheduled monitoring program.

Khansa, an eight month old critically endangered Bornean orangutan shows off it's two front-teeth, at the Singapore Zoo in Singapore.
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Khansa, an eight month old critically endangered Bornean orangutan shows off it's two front-teeth, at the Singapore Zoo in Singapore.

French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte cut slices of a traditional epiphany cake during a ceremony at the Elysee palace, Paris.
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French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte cut slices of a traditional epiphany cake during a ceremony at the Elysee palace, Paris.

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NEWS AROUND

THE NATION

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Corruption law to tighten limits

 

Breaking News January 14, 2018 07:00

 

By KAS CHANWANPEN 
THE SUNDAY NATION

 

NEW BILL COULD HURT CIVIL SERVANTS BUT GRAFT FIGHTERS SAY IT’S JUSTIFIED

IN THE not-so-distant future, civil servants might find themselves in a tight spot after the new bill on conflict of interest is enacted. Even receiving a small gift could be a crime punishable by up to five years in jail.

The bill, which has already passed its first reading of the National Legislative Assembly, would ban civil servants and their immediate family from receiving gifts, benefits or offers, such as a special discount, interest exemption, or remission.

This is regardless of who the partners might be. Even transactions between close friends and family members could land a civil servant a criminal charge.

While the legislation is a response to the country’s paramount need of a corruption-coping mechanism, the question arises as to how the stringent rules will affect the everyday lives of millions of civil servants.

During an opinion-gathering session last week, a man claiming to be a Public Health Ministry employee said that people working for the government were not only public servants, they were people with social and personal lives.

 

“We all have long-time friends, best friends, who offer us gifts and kindness. Will this law prohibit a representation of love in those friendships?” he said. He pleaded with the legislators to reconsider and not take away the social lives of those serving the public.

However, graftbusters Mana Nimitmongkol and Sangsit Piriyarangsan both view the controversial rules as fair.

Mana said the stricter the regulation, the better. This would make it easier for the public servants to work and live. “When the law is written very clearly, the enforcers can work accordingly. This is unlike the current situation where the law is ambiguous and a vast number of committees have to be set up,” the anti-corruption campaigner said.

“More importantly, when the law isn’t clear, civil servants have to be even more careful.

“Any act could fall into the broad definition of corruption and they could easily be convicted.”

Some people were concerned that the new law could elicit unnecessary complaints, causing trouble for both the enforcers and the defenders. However, Mana said there were existing mechanisms that could deter such foul play.

The corruption court that was recently set up, he said, had all these deterrence mechanisms.

Sangsit, a member of the National Reform Council and one of those propelling the bill, said such rigid rules were common in many countries.

Some of them set an even more pressing bar, banning civil servants from receiving gifts with a value of more than $10 or approximately Bt300, he said. In Thailand, the current cap was Bt3,000.

Both graftbusters said honesty was a fundamental value that every civil servant should hold.

Sangsit said that civil servants were extraordinary as they had the public power and their income came from taxpayers’ money. It would not be appropriate for them to have a conflict of interest, he said.

“This isn’t even a sacrifice; it’s a responsibility,” he said. “You earn money from the taxpayers so you shouldn’t get more than that. If you want more, you can find a better place in the private sector.”

Sangsit said that as an expression of love and loyalty in friendship or any relationship, receiving a small gift worth Bt2,000 was more than enough.

A recently retired civil servant who had served in an executive position, who asked not to be named, told The Nation that it had always been the norm not to accept expensive gifts. The reciprocity culture makes it very easy for civil servants to abuse their power in exchange for those gifts, he said.

However, the veteran public servant said that, in reality, the law might not be as problematic as some people thought. It was difficult to scrutinise everyone and he believed most civil servants would not be troubled by the legislation, he said.

“I think it would be more [difficult] for some very obvious cases. And only |high-profile officials or politicians would be the target. Others will be able to carry on with their normal lives just fine,” the source said.

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PM wants Thai-style democracy

Breaking News January 14, 2018 07:00

By THE SUNDAY NATION

ON CHILDREN’S DAY, PRAYUT DEFINES HIS CONCEPT AS ONE FREE FROM CONFLICTS

THE prime minister told children visiting Government House yesterday that Thailand certainly must have democracy but one that is “Thai-style”.

In his speech during an event commemorating Children’s Day, General Prayut Chan-o-cha did not clearly define the term. He simply said that it should be a democracy free from conflicts.

“Our country cannot afford any more conflicts. We certainly must have democracy. But it is Thai-style democracy. We must not break the rules. I ask all Thais to consider this,” he said.

Prayut, who also heads the ruling junta National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), also said there must be efforts to instil basic democratic principles in younger people to ensure a stable future for the country.

The premier told his visitors that this is a “year of peace and orderliness”, adding that the country had seen increased peace and orderliness in the last 3-4 years.

 

Prayut also had some advice for parents. He asked them to encourage their children to study in the areas that they like and gain skills.

“We do not want everybody to do the same things. We should encourage children to study with the goals of increased social development and improved national competitiveness,” he said.

Hundreds of minors, accompanied by their parents or guardians, went to Government House and attended activities organised to mark Children’s Day, which is held on the second Saturday of January.

Many of the young visitors went inside the prime minister’s office just to sit on his seat and have their photos taken. Some of the children came from as far as the southern border provinces, and some young visitors represented children with disabilities and special needs.

A six-year-old Muslim girl, from a kindergarten in Nonthaburi, was the first child to be allowed to sit on the PM’s seat.

Only a small number of lucky children visiting Government House were allowed to have their photos taken with the PM. Others had to settle for having their photos taken with cardboard cut-outs of General Prayut in different poses.

The PM also took part in activities organised for the visiting children, including singing and handing out colouring books.

Meanwhile, key Pheu Thai Party figure Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan has urged politicians from all political parties to jointly show stance against an “outsider” prime minister gaining power after the next general election.

“An outsider PM would ruin the system. Pheu Thai will take a strong stance against an outsider,” Sudarat yesterday told Kom Khao, a website affiliated with the “red-shirt” movement.

Sudarat’s appeal came from her belief that Prayut would become the next government head without running in an election because the current Constitution allows an outsider to become a prime minister.

Under the charter, 250 senators picked by the junta are empowered to vote along with 500 elected members of the House of Representatives in selecting a new prime minister. This means the new prime minister may not come from the party that wins a majority of seats in the Lower House.

Observers believe Prayut may prolong his power after the election by becoming an outsider premier with the support of senators and some politicians for parties connected to the junta. But if politicians joined forces, it would help to prevent the future promulgation of “bizarre” regulations, Sudarat said.

Politicians from two major parties – Pheu Thai and Democrat – have called on Prayut to run in the election. But that option is no longer possible because the charter states that members of National Legislative Assembly, Cabinet or NCPO have to resign from their posts within 90 days after the new charter becomes effective if they wish to contest the next election. The new charter was promulgated in April last year.

Prayut has said the next election would be held in November.

 

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FINISHED

January 14, 2018

 

 



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