Saudi Arabia 3

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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: some college study

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

Subject has never been outside Saudi Arabia.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

At the time of the interview, subject was studying English in college.  Subject expresses a keen interest in reading books and magazines, in both English and Arabic.  He also refers to his enjoyment of audio materials concerning practical English usage.

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RECORDED BY: Subject

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 19/03/2007

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Uh, hi there.  Uh, I was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  I’m 20 years old.  I’m studying English at the university, at the English department.  I’m at the–, uh, I’m in level five.  I actually find the English language not that difficult, but still at the same time need some effort [pronounced “ef-FERT”], some effort [pronounced “EF-fert”] to be familiar, you know, with the language and stuff.  I have some difficulties with some subjects in my college.  For example, the syntax, some phonetics, but, uh, I’ll do my best.  If you want the truth, I’ve never, uh, been outside Saudi Arabia, so I learned the English language here at the university.  I-I’ll talk a little bit about another topic; I mean enough for school.  Let’s talk about reading.  Actually, reading would be the number one thing that I love and enjoy at the same time.  Whether the language is Arabic or English, they are all interesting to me.  I read novels, um, magazines, books, et cetera.  However, I don’t actually read newspapers.  I just don’t like them; I don’t know why.  The latest novel I finished was “Memoirs of a Geisha,” by Arthur Golden.  It’s, it’s an amazing novel.  I recommend it for you all.  And the last audio material I’ve listened to, uh, was “How to Talk to Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime you Want.”  It was, I think, by Larry King and actually, if you want the truth, I loved it so much.  I’m even planning to listen to it again to write down some notes to practice them in my daily life.  I think that’s it, so …, bye-bye.

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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