2005-12-08

Hylô! Shw mae?

Hylô! Shw mae?(Hello! How are you?)
That's Welsh and now I want to present what we did last week. It was really a lot, so nobody can claim, that anyone of us is lazy. Now I want to show you in detail, what we did throughout the whole week. At the last weekend we were supposed to read the text “Keeping up with the Joneses”. Although this text was really difficult to read, and especially the translation of it was extremely demanding, what every one of us had to experience during the lesson when we translated a part of it, I think it contains some quite interesting facts. For example, I think, many of us were surprised by the fact that there are so immense differences in the way of living between the northern Welsh and those who live in the southern part of Wales, e.g. at their professions. What I personally found very funny is the affair concerning the nicknames. But although being quite funny, this is, of course, also very confusing. I think, some of you aren’t that interested in the topic we considered on Monday, but I am a little bit influenced by my Facharbeits topic. I am writing about the Welsh language, and I can tell you, that, considering Wales a bit closer, you will recognize, that it’s really a beautiful part of the United Kingdom. There is so much you can experience, and if you’re reading about it, you might become fascinated, as I am, and therefore the question arises, if you should plan for your next holidays to go to Wales and look at the beautiful nature and listen to the language, although you won’t understand any word. There is so much you can learn about Wales.
We talked about another part of Great Britain, Scotland, on Tuesday, December 6th. This is one of the parts that want to separate from England. This is a very difficult topic, because there are many advantages of being independent, but also many disadvantages do exist. What I think is particularly striking is the problem concerning the history. Many years, the two peoples fought against each other and now they are united. So I personally understand very well, that there are many who want at least their children to be told Scottish history at school. Tuesday, we started talking, and also discussing, about some typical or not typical British things, what we finished on Thursday. Thursday, Caro also presented one this year’s Nobel Prize winners, Harold Pinter, to us. She did it very well, and I think, we also learned a lot of things, we wouldn’t get to know without her. She presented one his plays, Betrayal. This is the very realistically told story of a fairly trivial case of adultery among the London literary establishment: Jerry has had an affair with the wife of his best friend Robert. The affair started in 1968 and ended in 1975. The story is told backwards, so you see, the book starts at the point, when Emma’s marriage is broken and ends in 1968 when the affair began. I really enjoyed her presentation and its topic. We finally talked about another text, “The Happiest People on Earth”. It presents the British in an extremely positive way. We are supposed to translate the last part of the text for Monday, so don’t forget about it!!!
You see, the claim I did at the beginning of my summary is true, we did a lot of work during that week.
See you tomorrow or at least on Monday.
Yours, Maria

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