Finland 5

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 23

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1983

PLACE OF BIRTH: Turku, Finland

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: Subject was in college at the time of this interview.

AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS: N/A

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

He first learned English listening to video games and with a dictionary.

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RECORDED BY: Subject

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 26/11/2006

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Well, I was born in 1983 in a city called Turku, which is located in, uh, the southwest part of Finland. Um, I’m the oldest child, and, uh, I have two younger sisters. Um, I have spent my entire life here in this city, and lived a, uh, pretty normal life, I guess, so far. I officially, uh, started learning English in the third grade in elementary school, uh, but before that I had already, already learned a lot of words and sentences by, uh, playing the early video games; uh, you really needed to learn a lot of English in order to play them, uh, so that’s, uh, basically when my interest in English began, and, uh, I’ve been learning English ever since. Um, uh, well, uh, a couple of words of Finland. Ah, Finland is a very beautiful country, and, uh, we have uh, huge differences between seasons here. I mean, during the winter, uh, the temperature can drop below minus 30 degrees Celsius, and, whereas, uh, during the summer, it can go as high as, uh, plus 30 degrees Celsius, so there’s, uh, huge differences. Uh, Finnish people are, uh, generally very nice and hospitable but when uh, us Finnish people are also known for being a little shy, especially when it comes to strangers so we’re, eh, uh, well, uh, if I have to say something in Finnish, I guess it would be something like uh, Tervetuloa Suomeen, which means welcome to Finland.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Faith Harvey

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/03/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

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DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY: N/A

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DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

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