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 🇧🇴🇨🇦
- Introduction (0:21)
- Learning German (2:42)
- Growing up in a Chinese home in Bolivia (7:26)
- Laura’s dad’s restaurant (9:30)
- What was it like for you to grow up in Bolivia with a Chinese father? (11:26)
- Did you feel as much pressure from your Bolivian mother to perform well in school? (15:07)
- Were there cultural clashes because of the differences between your parents? (16:54)
- Have you checked out German food culture? (18:26)
- What do you cook when you start to miss home? (20:11)
- Can you tell me about your mom’s cooking? (24:06)
- Can you tell us about the work you do? (28:59)
- Immerse (verb): involve oneself deeply in a particular activity.
- Ashamed (adj.): embarrassed or guilty because of one’s actions, characteristics, or associations.
- Appreciation (noun): recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.
- Preface (noun): a preliminary explanation.
- Clash (noun): an incompatibility leading to disagreement.
- Peer (noun): a person of the same age, status, or ability as another specified person.
- Nostalgic (adj.): feeling happy and also slightly sad when you think about things that happened in the past.
Phrases to Remember:
- throw into something: To put someone or something suddenly or forcefully into some condition, position, or activity.
- 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.
- hustle and bustle: A large amount of activity and work, usually in a noisy surrounding.
- come out of your shell: to become less shy, and more talkative and friendly.
- 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.
- Where was Laura born?
- (True or False) Laura learns languages well in a classroom.
- Her parents made Bolivian chicken soup with which special ingredient?
- How long did Laura’s father have a restaurant?
- How did Laura feel in Bolivia?
- (True or False) Laura wasn’t allowed to go out as a teen.
- What does Jorge cook when he misses his mom’s cooking?
- What does Jorge like about Germans?
- How many different types of potatoes exist in Bolivia?
- 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?
- How I learned German episode
- Bolivian chicken soup recipe
- Bolivian beef tongue soup recipe
- Bolivian peanut soup
- Bolivian cassava casserole recipe
- Chinese chicken rice porridge
- Pasta with sugo sauce
- Find Laura on Instagram
- Most Common Mistakes Germans Make in English
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