931 Middle School
Naomi talks about her daily life in middle school.
Dai: Wales, OK, and how old are you now?
Naomi: I’m eleven.
Dai: Eleven. OK, so that means you are in...what would that be, junior school? secondary school?
Naomi: Junior school.
Dai: Junior school. OK. And so what grade is that in junior school.
Dai: Oh, grade six, OK. So tell me about your school. What kind of subjects do you study in junior school.
Naomi: We study Art and Maths and Science and English and Geography and History and RE.
Dai: RE? What’s RE?
Naomi: Religious education.
Dai: Oh, OK. And you go to school from what time in the morning?
Naomi: About quarter to nine and it starts at five past.
Dai: The first class is at five past.
Dai: And then do you get a break?
Naomi: We get a break at half past ten and then lunch at twelve o’clock.
Dai: Oh twelve o’clock, for how long?
Naomi: For an hour.
Dai: Oh an hour? Oh nice! And then what do you do for lunch in Wales? Do they have like a cafeteria where they cook for you?
Naomi: Yeah, they have that and you can bring sandwiches.
Dai: You can bring your own sandwiches instead?
Dai: OK. What do you do?
Naomi: I normally bring sandwiches.
Dai: OK. Is that because the dinner’s are no good, or...?
Naomi: They’re OK but I don’t really like them as much as sandwiches.
Dai: And what kind of food do they serve up in the canteen?
Naomi: They serve roast dinners and...
Dai: Roast dinners? What’s a roast dinner?
Naomi: It’s like a meat and vegetables.
Dai: OK. It sounds very simple.
Naomi: Yeah, and pizza and chips and ham and all sorts of stuff.
Dai: Oh OK, it sounds good. And do they give you lots of homework?
Dai: Oh really?
Dai: Oh that’s good to hear. So what’s your favorite subject then in junior school?
Dai: OK, why is that?
Naomi: I don’t know, I just like painting and drawing.
Dai: And then, what’s the subject that you find most boring?
Dai: Maths? Oh really? Yeah, I’m not a big fan of Maths. So I guess if you’re in grade six you’ll be going on to your next school soon?
Naomi: Yeah, secondary school.
Dai: OK, and are you looking forward to that.
Dai: OK, it was very nice talking to you and good luck in your next school.
I normally bring sandwiches.
The word 'normally' is similar in meaning to 'usually'. Notice the following:
- I normally go to bed before midnight.
- He normally drives to work.
What kind of food do they serve up in the canteen?
We sometimes call the restaurant at school or work the canteen. Notice the following:
- The canteen serves mainly fried food.
- The soldiers can only eat in the canteen.
What subjects do you find boring?
The phrase 'I find' is similar in meaning to 'I think'. Notice the following:
- I find legal dramas too difficult to follow.
- I find Chinese action films really exciting.
We look forward to something positive that will happen in the future. Notice the following:
- I look forward to our next meeting.
- We are all looking forward to the holiday break.
It was very nice talking to you and good luck in your next school.
'Nice talking to you' is a polite way to end a conversation with people we don't know well. Notice the following:
- It was nice talking to you. We'll be in touch.
- Nice talking to you Joe. I hope to see you around.
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