Vietnam 2

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 21

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1986

PLACE OF BIRTH: Saigon, Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Vietnamese

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: Subject is in his third year at university.

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

Subject had been living in the United States for several years at the time of this interview.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

He began learning English in the first grade in Vietnam.  It was never used heavily until he moved to the United States in his early teens. For being in the United States for almost eight years and a third-level college student, he still holds a thick Vietnamese accent.

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RECORDED BY: Max Myers (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 02/11/2007

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I’m from Vietnam, were born in Vietnam, and … what town?  It’s in Saigon, in the south. That’s very small. the city itself is small so everybody there isn’t a stranger, and they’re different.  Yeah, it’s a city.  One of the bigger cities in Vietnam, so it’s very populated … area.   It’s a urban area.  I started learning English from first grade in Vietnam, but not actually using it a lot until when I get come here when I’m in … somewhere [?] year in high school, so that’s where I begin really to learn English.  In somewhere year in high school, during high school.  what year?  Uhh, two-thousand … somewhere around there a little bit earlier … I’ve always lived here in California.  Umm, the one in Fullerton Valley’s high school…just uh, one younger brother. Umm, He’s about … let’s see, he’s in high school right now.  My brother had a hamster.  I don’t know about uh, his hamster, so.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Max Myers (under supervision of David Nevell)

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