Saudi Arabia 1

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 20

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1986

PLACE OF BIRTH: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Saudi Arabian (exact ethnicity unknown)

OCCUPATION: college student

EDUCATION: diploma in engineering

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

At the time of the interview, subject was studying English in Ohio, United States.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: D’Arcy Smith

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 24/02/2006

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I really miss my family after I come here.  M-m, I have now one month-and-a-half, uh, I didn’t see my family, my friend, all my … you know.  So, really I miss my family, and I have stress here ‘cause, uh, I don’t know how to talk with, uh-h, the people here.  Nobody can understand me if I talk, because the accent, and you know.  M-m, what else?  And the study here, I think it’s, uh, I don’t like the way of study because the teacher give us a lot of homework and, you know, lot of homework and, uh, you think about your family and it’s, uh, it give me more, ah, stress.  After I came here I didn’t find … I … know … I know how much now the fellow for my friends.  You know what, what I mean?  I like, uh, the way of life.  It’s free and all the people, you know, friendly.  And I like this.  But they don’t like us, that’s … if I have good, uh, gr-, uh, grade, grade here and, uh, come back to my country, I will have a good job, and I ha-, will have, uh, a good life.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Lynn Baker

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 05/08/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY: N/A

COMMENTARY BY: N/A

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

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