On this episode, I chat with a woman who grew up in Bolivia to a Chinese father and Bolivian mother. We talk about food, culture, and learning the German language.

English Level: B1 🇧🇴🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Introduction (0:21)
  2. Learning German (2:42)
  3. Growing up in a Chinese home in Bolivia (7:26)
  4. Laura’s dad’s restaurant (9:30)
  5. What was it like for you to grow up in Bolivia with a Chinese father? (11:26)
  6. Did you feel as much pressure from your Bolivian mother to perform well in school? (15:07)
  7. Were there cultural clashes because of the differences between your parents? (16:54)
  8. Have you checked out German food culture? (18:26)
  9. What do you cook when you start to miss home? (20:11)
  10. Can you tell me about your mom’s cooking? (24:06)
  11. Can you tell us about the work you do? (28:59)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Immerse (verb): involve oneself deeply in a particular activity.
  2. Ashamed (adj.): embarrassed or guilty because of one’s actions, characteristics, or associations.
  3. Appreciation (noun): recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.
  4. Preface (noun): a preliminary explanation.
  5. Clash (noun): an incompatibility leading to disagreement.
  6. Peer (noun): a person of the same age, status, or ability as another specified person.
  7. Nostalgic (adj.): feeling happy and also slightly sad when you think about things that happened in the past.

Phrases to Remember:

  1. throw into something: To put someone or something suddenly or forcefully into some condition, position, or activity.
  2. comfort food: food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically having a high sugar or carbohydrate content and associated with childhood or home cooking.
  3. hustle and bustle: A large amount of activity and work, usually in a noisy surrounding.
  4. come out of your shell: to become less shy, and more talkative and friendly.
  5. extracurricular activities: A range of activities organized outside of the regular school day, curriculum or course intended to meet learners’ interests.

Mistake to Avoid:

Food is usually an uncountable noun, but there are exceptions like you’ll hear in the episode. / My pronunciation of the word preface was wrong.

Comprehension Questions:

  1. Where was Laura born?
  2. (True or False) Laura learns languages well in a classroom.
  3. Her parents made Bolivian chicken soup with which special ingredient?
  4. How long did Laura’s father have a restaurant?
  5. How did Laura feel in Bolivia?
  6. (True or False) Laura wasn’t allowed to go out as a teen.
  7. What does Jorge cook when he misses his mom’s cooking?
  8. What does Jorge like about Germans?
  9. How many different types of potatoes exist in Bolivia?
  10. When is tea time in Bolivia?


Question to consider:

Is there a special dish that you connect with your hometown or country that you love?


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