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Month: November 2014

Qatar and Switzerland

The two countries I chose are quite developed and I think they are quite similar to each other. My research topics are that why those two countries are highly developed.

Qatar has life expectancy of 78 years, but surprisingly,  it increased a lot in 100 years. Also it is interesting to note that it has GDP per capita of 131,758 dollars, which is the richest and highly developed country in Arab region. I think it is that high because in Qatar, there are quite a few citizens (apx. 2.2 million) and also it has the world’s third largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves in excess of 25 billion barrels.

Switzerland has life expectancy of 80, which is one of the highest. It has GDP per capita of 53,672 dollars, which is third highest in Europe. I think it is that succeeded because even though there are a lot citizens (more than 8 million) in Switzerland they still get a lot money by food, and visitors. Because in Switzerland there are a lot of watch, cheese, and chocolate brands and more than 8 million visitors visit Switzerland.

Reading Response of Holes by Louis Sachar

I read a book called “Holes” this summer. I found that this book is very enthusiastic, exciting, and fun, that I burst into laugh while I was reading it. and also it pushed me a theme strongly. It is highly recommended for all readers. For the second question, I think that the theme of this book is “NEVER GIVE UP!!”, because the main character (Stanley) committed a crime and he was sent to the green lake. Although there were bullies and, fights, he never gave up digging the holes so that he managed to fit in with prisoners and he got a nickname of Caveman. I think that the symbol of this book is yellow lizard. In the green lake camp, it is very well known as a very dangerous animal because it has very sharp and big teeth and poison so if it bites people, they will really get hurt. I think that this symbol represents a danger, and maybe as well as don’t dig too much, because otherwise it will bite you, so that you will get hurt and have a terrible experiences. For the third question, I felt that the texts are strong, as much as coming out of the book. Because it was very enthusiastic, and also it had a very very strong message of never give up. Also my emotional response to this story is like very exciting, fun, and impressive. I have never read this sort of book before, and also it’s one of the best books I ever read overall. For the last question, I think that the author tried to publish a book that has strong message of never give up, because I think she really wanted to say it. Also I’m not sure but she might have used different vocabulary and grammar to make the message stronger and emotional. Then finally, she publish an incredible novel that is very emotional, exciting, fun, and impressive called “Holes”.

Field Studies Reflections

Overall, field study was great experience, where we could socialise with other people, and also do a good teamwork. Activity that I found challenging was canyoning. It required a lot of courage to go to waterfall, and slide, but it was extremely fun because it was full of thrills. Also I loved rafting, and MTB. I found climbing useful for the future, because I learnt how to tie ropes tightly, and the instructors said that it’s very useful for carrying things. For the rock climbing, I think this will be very useful not to end up at the bottom of wall. I felt that I want to go to Minakami again with my family, and I’m looking forward to go to field studies next time!


French: Chapitre 8 Mise en train

Activité 1:

1) It’s morning (around 10h – 11h).
2) She wants Djeneba to go to the market and buy some food.
3) She buys onions, tomatos, tomato sauce, and a fish.
4) Someone rang the bell.
5) She forgot to tell her mom that she has invited her teacher.

Activité 2:

1) Faux
2) Vrai
3) Faux
4) Faux
5) Faux

Activité 3:

1) b
2) d
3) e
4) a
5) c

Activité 4:

1) Animata
2) Djeneba
3) Djeneba
4) Djeneba
5) Mme Diomandé

Activité 5:

1) Encore du pain?
2) Non, merci. Je n’ai plus faim.
3) Tu me fais le marché?
4) Il me faut…
5) Volontiers!

Activité 6:

Ma mère et mon père font les courses.
Nous faisons les courses à la coop.


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