Our new Language Assistant

Interview with our Language Assistant Nicole White

Interviewer = I: Hi Nicole, how are you?

Nicole White = N: I’m fine, thanks.

I: Where are you from?

N: I`m from Massachusetts in the USA and I grew up in a city near Boston.

I: And where did you study?

N:  I studied communication at the High Point University in North Carolina.

I: What have you done since you graduated from your university?

N: I worked for two years as a teacher at a primary school in North Carolina. After that I travelled to many different countries like Ireland and Costa Rica.

I: Which countries are you looking forward to visiting?

N: I would really like to visit Italy, but I also want to see Spain and Croatia.

I: What are you doing at the moment in Vienna and how long are you going to stay?

N: At the moment I work as a native speaker in the VBS Hamerlingplatz. I think I will stay until July, but maybe if I like it, I´ll stay for another year.

I: What`s the first thing you do when you visit a new city?

N: I love to walk around the city and explore new places.

I: Have you ever been to Austria before?

N: Coincidently yes, because I studied for four months at the University of Salzburg as an exchange student.

I: So you speak German?

N: “Ein kleines bisschen” 🙂  But I learned it only for two years at school.

I: What is your favourite food?

N: I really like pizza and every kind of salmon.

I: Have you found your favourite food in Vienna yet?

N: I think it’s probably “Schnitzel” and “Esterhazy Torte”.

I: Have you had any bad experiences since you came to Austria?

N: Not really, but I don´t like your supermarket system. I think it is way too stressful. But I like your underground system.

I: Do you have any advice for students that want to improve their English?

N: Yes, if you want to learn a language, you have to take every opportunity to speak. It doesn`t matter how many mistakes you make!

I: Thanks for the interview and have a nice day!

 by Sebastian Böhm and Sophie Löwenstein (1 IK)