Soccer Is More Than a Game

Collin Blunier, Switzerland

One of the most popular sports is soccer,  which is the most controversial sport in the world. There are headliners about professional soccer players  salary, their influence and their lack of sportsmanship.

Soccer is more than just a sport or a game, it brings people together, it makes friends and last, but not least, it is healthy.

If you play soccer you have to concentrate every single second. You have to be present to win, but sometimes you also need a little bit of luck. Everybody in the TV or in the stadium is watching you. The half of them hope that you will miss the goal, the other half hope that they can cheer.

One of the most important things are the supporters. They are every age, from 10 up to 90! They support the team with songs if they need it, they stay behind them if they have a bad game.

Two of the most popular players these days are Lionel Messi, Barcelona,  and Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid. They are not just players, they also make a lot of social supports. They support foundations or they have their own one.

Famous players do a lot for the soccer. They promote it, help children if they are in need and they show us if you are focus in something, you can get/be it.

Soccer is global and helps people to cross cultural barriers. It is allowing you to share your love with it and makes fans throughout the world. It doesn’t matter if you are American, Swiss, Japan or Australian, you will find people with the same interest in soccer.

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About me – Tim

by Tim Schwehn from Germany

Hey! 🙂

My name is Tim and I am from Germany. I just arrived in Santa Barbara and I love the city by now. The beautiful streets and houses with the Spanish style look great. That’s one reason I chose this location for my EF study time.

What do I normally do in Germany?

I finished my exams in January and want to start my university studies in business education in October. So I have enough time to explore the world. For my study time I want to improve my English speaking and writing skills so I chose an English speaking country, but also one where the sun is shining quite often.

I like to do sports very much. I play soccer at a local German soccer club and go the gym at least two times a week. Playing sports is a very good balance for learning or working and you can turn your head off for a time.

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Furthermore, I love music. On the one hand, I like to listen to different kinds of music as well as making music on my own. I can play the piano and the guitar and I really enjoy creating music with some friends of mine.

My favorite food is pizza, but I can’t wait to eat some good Mexican food or beef burgers in Santa Barbara. I already went to one Mexican restaurant and the food tasted great. Maybe you can give me some suggestions about where to go. I will try as much as I can.

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I will stay in Santa Barbara for at least two months. I think it will be a beautiful time that I will never forget. So if you have some questions, feel free to ask. J

ASSEM AL-HAJJI, SAUDI ARABIA

Maria Jose Ayala Zambrano, Ecuador

 

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?

KABSA IS RICE AND MEAT IS A TRADICIONAL FOOD OF HIS COUNTRY

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF MUSIC?

CLASSIC BECAUSE HE THINKS IS THE BEST KIND OF MUSIC AND IS COOL FOR THE MIND

WHICH IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE YOU HAVE BEEN?

SIDNEY AND GOLD COAST BECAUSE THIS CITY HAVE GOOD WEATHER HE THINKS IS PERFECT

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORT?

PLAY SOCCER BECAUSE IS A FUN COMPETITION AND IS GOOD FOR HIS HEALTH

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TEAM?

MANCHESTER UNITED BECAUSE THEY ARE ON THE BEST

 

 

Japanese TV Drama

Nami Matsuzawa, Japan

I like TV dramas that give me a lot of different emotion.I like these exciting times. Sometimes we are affected by TV dramas.When I’m tired, I watch TV dramas.After I can get my energy back. I think ” I will do my best tomorrow.” I don’t know why TV dramas have this strange power, but I am always encouraged by them.

Have you ever watched Japanese TV dramas? I will introduce them.

The first one is “HANA NO ZUBORAMESHI.” The leading role is a woman” Hana.” She is married, but lives alone because her husband works at a distant place.She is so lazy. She is not good at cooking, but she really likes to eat food. So she tries to cook easy and short recipes.

 

Her cooking food look  so delicious.The stories are a little bit funny and exciting . I think people are absorbed in this drama. Now, this kind of  food TV drama is in fashion in Japan. If you watch this TV drama , you will be hungry.

The second one is “Miss pilot.”  The leading role is a woman,” Haru Tezuka.” She couldn’t find a job, so she tried to apply to take a test for the airline company. She had never thought of working in the airline industry, but one day she saw the scenery of the sky from the airplane.  She fell in love with the pilot’s job. Her pilot trainer’s life begins. This story is  about Haru trying to become a pilot.

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The highlight of this TV drama is her character.  She does not speak English well, andshe has not talent about  plane operations. Everyday, she was scolded by her instructor, but she is honest and full of energy. In addition, she never gives up. I was given courage by her. Her attitude makes me think that my dream may come true with my efforts.

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What is more, I want to pay attention to her friendships. She is always helped by someone. Her best friend is “Chisato Oda.” whose father is a pilot. So she has great skills. She graduated from the most prestigious university in Japan, but she dropped out of the pilot trainer course. I don’t want to tell you the ending , because I really want you to see this moving scene with your eyes.

There are many interesting TV dramas in Japan. I would like you to watch one.

 

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All around the world

Dana Lazzaro

Switzerland

Traveling is a way to see new places, learn new things and different cultures. It is a way to see different points of view and to grow up as a person. Every trip changes you a little bit, and when you come back home you’re a different person in some way.

 

Lately, I had the chance to go to lots of places with my family because they like traveling as much as I do. Last summer we went to Florida for two weeks and we traveled around Florida so that we could see all the different cities. We saw “small” cities, like Fort Myers and Daytona, and also big cities, like Orlando and Miami. I could see the differences between those cities, the small neighborhoods with a lot of lovely houses in Fort Myers and the big ones in Miami with a lot of mansions, the small and empty beaches and the crowded ones.

I liked everything about this trip. I had the chance to see a lot and to see how real life is in the USA. I live in Switzerland and I always watch American movies or tv series, and I’ve always dreamt about going there. So this trip was a kind of dream that became true.

This year I also went to London and Amsterdam for a few days.

I had the chance to see a lot of history and museums and they were really interesting but it was also interesting to see some characteristics of the countries.

For example, did you know that in Britain all the people always stay in line on the escalators on the right side? Because in this way the people that are in a hurry can go on the left side. I was really impressed about that! I’ve also been to Italy and to the seaside of Greece, but that was more of a relaxing holiday than a real trip.

I would really like to go far away, like in Asia or Africa to see some really different cultures.

Another way to see new places and new cultures are going abroad to learn a language.

You can learn a new language and you can actually live like a native of the place. You can change your lifestyle for a period and I think that this is really a great experience!

I study a lot of languages at school, and I like to travel in the summer and improve my additional languages. I’ve already been to Germany a couple of times to study German and I really liked that. So this summer I’m in Santa Barbara for a month to work on my English.

I think that this has been a really great experience, an experience that I will remember forever!

You live for a month away from your home and you are away from your everyday problems. You live a different life and you learn new things. When you come back home you will be an improved person, and maybe you will see things in a transformed way.

In conclusion, traveling is a way to change your personality and it is an experience that you won’t live again, and you will always have it in your heart, because it’s going to become a part of you. This experience is going to become something that you’ll never forget.

 

Eating Is the Most Important Thing in My Life

Mengye Qian, China

Eating is the most important thing in our lives. If you don’t eat anything all day, you will be hungry. If you don’t eat all week, you will be sick. If you don’t eat a whole month, maybe you will die.

Through eating, we can get the nutrients that are needed for the human body. So, enjoying my every meal becomes more important. I like food, not only my country’s(China) food, but also the food from all over the world. I like to share food with my family, my friends, and also I’d like to share with you in front of the computer. I hope we can become friends by sharing foods.

In my country, there are so many delicious foods. Different areas have their own special types of foods. I just want to share what I eat.

Hot Pot, the most popular food in China, Chongqing and Sichuan Hot Pot is the best. The Chinese Hot Pot meal is perfect for social gatherings. An experience not to be missed!

In the winter,  if you have no idea what to eat, just DIY your own Hot Pot at home, you can put anything you like to the hot pot.

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Another typical representative is Guangdong Cuisine. If you have never been there, you have to go. Trust me,  Guangzhou and Hong Kong are food paradises. Speaking of which, I really want to introduce the “Yum cha” culture. In the morning, people are used to sitting down in a tea house, make a pot of tea, order a few delicate snacks and chat with their family and friends

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“Yum cha” culture in Guangzhou and HK.

 

And another food paradise is Chengdu. If you like spicy food, you should go there one time and you will never regret it.

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This is Shanghai Local food. I’m from Shanghai and I love these foods.

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Like I first said, I not only like my country’s food, I like delicious foods from all over the world. And I want to try different type of foods.

This is the Indonesia Pilaf, I ate it in Bali.

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This is Korea Food. Korean Spicy Pickled Cabbage/Korean spicy rice cake Tteokbokki.

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This is Thai food. Curry and Mango rice are their well-known dishes. Thailand’s fruits also are very amazing, durian and mangosteen are my favorites.

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In the end, I would like to share you some photos with my friends, though the they are my nice memories. I hope I can make more new friends through trying food from all over the world.  I will keep doing it.

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Carnival All Around Brazil

By Maria Antonia Lopes, Brazil                                                                                                                Rafaela Reblin, Brazil                                                                                                                            Laura Franco, Brazil

 What is Carnival?

The Carnival is celebrated in Brazil every year, 46 days before the Easter festival. The word “Carnival’ is derived from “carnelevare,”which means the removal of meat. The roots of the festival are believed to be in tradition of Roman Catholics when they abstained from meat and alcohol on certain days as a method to drive away bad things from their lives. Back then, followers of the Roman Catholic Church would indulge in a last day of dance, fun, alcohol and sex just before the start of the abstinence period of alcohol and other sins.

Although Carnival is celebrated in other cities throughout Brazil and other Catholic countries, Rio de Janeiro is considered the Carnival’s capital city. One of the best-known parties in the world, Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is also the largest carnival celebration in the world. It’s filled with music, parades, drinking and people having fun. The carnival, a national holiday in Brazil, runs from Friday night to noon of the following Wednesday. That’s the official length, but many Brazilians turn it into a 10-day holiday. It brings
in about half a million foreign tourists each year.

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Carnival in Rio de Janeiro 

The festival is organized by various samba schools in Brazil which are sometimes involved in community services as well. A major parade is made with beautifully dressed samba dancers on the top of decorated moving vehicles that go around the Sambadrome stadium. Often wearing masks and colorful costumes, they dance to the beats of drums and music, Samba is the main form of dancing there. Also, there’s a competition held in the end of the festival, when the crowd has to vote for the best costume, the best vehicle and the best samba school.

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Each neighborhood in Rio has its own Carnival Street Party. There are around 300 of them in Rio every year. The street parties are also called “blocos”, and the atmosphere is just full of life, and everybody who parties is dancing in the streets, singing out loud, and making sure they have a really good time. Anyone is allowed to participate in streets a festival, that’s why it’s so special. There’s no segregation, literally, the whole world is invited.

Carnival in Salvador

Salvador is a city in the northeast of Brazil that has a lot of beautiful beaches and every February the Carnival happens. The Salvador carnival is the most fun one. If in Rio, you are a spectator of the parade, in the Salvador Carnival you are the show.

The event lasts officially for six full days: it starts on a Thursday, then follows the usual five days of carnival ( from Friday to Wednesday at noon).

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The parties have a special name, “Bloco”, and it happens behind the “Trio eletrico” that is basically a big truck moving really slowly loaded with sound equipment’s and with a famous band or a famous singer singing on the top. The Salvador Carnival has some tradition singers like: Ivete Sangalo, Daniela  Mercury and Preta Gil. Contrary to what most people think, carnival is not only about samba, it has funk too and at the moment, the most famous singers of funk are: Anitta and Pablo Vittar.

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Each Bloco sells a different T-shirt called “Abada”. This T-shirt is your entrance ticket and allows you to get inside the rope area. If you enter the V.I.P area of the event, you can see a lot of famous people with the “Abada” totally stylized.

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Carnival in Olinda

The old colonial town of Olinda, a few miles from Recife, became a popular carnival spot in 1977, where every street corner has a band following their own routes. Children, parents, and grandparents all party together. Political and social causes are common themes that are well presented through costumes and music.

One of the main attractions of the carnival in Olinda is the giant puppets made from papier-mâché. The “Homem da Meia-Noite” or “Man of Midnight” is the most famous puppet that officially opens the carnival in Olinda every year; a tradition since 1932.

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For most people here, Carnival is this magical time when it’s totally ok to dress up weirdly, fill your hair and face with glitter, become friends with total strangers and start deep love affairs that last the time of two “frevo” verses.carna10

If you like partying and want to immerse yourself in this rich culture, you should definitely spend Carnival in Olinda. You’ll hardly find a similar event somewhere else, with all the joy and excitement that takes hold of anyone that’s part of it. But truth be told, it takes a good deal of strategy to enjoy everything this party has to offer. So here are some tips for those who will go for the first time:

– Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe, comfortable and not too beloved shoes – after all, it’s likely they will be destroyed by the end of Carnival.

– Eat well before leaving home, since drinking on an empty stomach is not advisable, but try to avoid heavy foods.

– Take an old cell phone with you instead of your “real one”, if possible.

– Avoid walking against the flow of the “blocos”. It’s easier to wait for them to pass, or to simply follow them.

– Avoid going alone, it’s more fun and safer to go with friends or family.

 

15 Question Interview with an EF Student

  1. If you could drink only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

– Water.

  1. What is your biggest goal in life?

– To be happy all my life.

  1. How old do you think our substitute teacher Kevin is?

– 28.

  1. What do you think you will be doing in 20 years?

– I think I will have a good job and my own family, and hopefully be married.

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?

– I think, in Spain.

  1. Who is the most important person to you?

– My sister.

  1. What makes you happy?

– The sun, going out with friends, my family, and eating.

  1. What makes you sad?

– If I see other people being sad or unhappy.

  1. Who is your biggest inspiration?

– My grandmother.

  1. Do you have any big regrets in life?

– My ex-boyfriend.

  1. Why did you come to Santa Barbara?

– Because I wanted to learn English in a sunny place and I heard a lot of good things  about Santa Barbara.

  1. What do you talk about to avoid awkward silence?

– Always asking the other person questions.

  1. Where is the best place to spend a Saturday night?

– In a good club.

  1. What would be the first thing you bought if you won 10 million dollars?

– A car and a house.

  1. What is important in a best friend?

– That you can always go back to the same person, knowing that she would never abandon you.