e premte, 21 shtator 2007

Brazilian Movie Talk Class

This was your first contact with our friends from Russia. In the pictures, we are posting comments/questions in the blog.

Read some students'introductions:

Hi! I am Rodrigo Saldanha, a student from the Movie Talk course of Casa Thomas Jefferson. I was born in Brasília and I’ve lived here all my life. It's a nice place to live. I enjoy playing soccer, tennis and watching movies at the movie theater. My favorite kind of movie is comedies and I would like to watch some Russian movies and be closer to the Russian culture.

Hi! My name is Ana Carolina Faria and I am 16 years old. I live in Brasília, the capital of Brazil. It is an amazing place to live and I like it very much here. English has played a big part in my life; I have been speaking it since I was 4 years old and can't imagine my life without it. I love the English language. I enjoy going to the movies, listening to music and hanging out with my friends. I have been interested in Russia for about five to six years now, and I think it’s an amazing country. My interest in Russia started because I saw the Anastasia movie. I'm planning of going there in the near future. I am very interested about one city, St. Petersburg, I would really like to see the Winter Palace, learn about the culture and many other things.

Hi there! I'm Danilla. I'm from Brasília, the capital of Brazil. I’ve lived here since I was born. So...it's been 27 years. I graduated in Modern Languages (English/Portuguese) and I'm taking a post graduation course in Psycho-Pedagogy. I love spending my time with my family. I'm married and have a girl, Larissa and a boy, Lucas. On my free time, I'm fond of being around friends, chatting, watching movies, listening to music and I do like going to church. We are Baptists. I used to teach English for high school students till last year. Then, I had to quit for a while in order to study for the post graduation. However, it's only a matter of time and I'll be teaching again. I do believe in my profession and really think that if we, as teachers, are not prepared to learn then; we are not prepared to teach. Hope to hear from you soon. God bless you all!

Hi, My name is Angela Banhos. I'm a Brazilian lawyer, and I live in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. I have two kids (Joao Carlos, a 16-year-old boy and Fernanda, a 14-year-old girl). I love traveling, movies, reading, good food and good wine. I also love going to the beach, playing tennis and skiing (abroad, because we don't have snow here in Brazil). I’ve never been in Russia, but I really want to make a visit someday. I believe in friendship, and I also believe in a better world to the other generations. Well, it is impossible to forget that I love Internet and English, because both make people closer and the world smaller!

Hi! My name is Elizabeth Cosmo, 19 years old. I'm from Brasília, the capital city of Brazil, and I study International Relations at the University of Brasília. I'm very interested in the study of languages (just like you are!), and I've already completed courses in English and in Spanish. I currently study German and French. I like to learn about other countries and cultures, which is very important to me since I am an International Relations student. I like to read a lot and I also love going to the movies, I like all kinds of films. I like to spend my free time with my friends, going out, dancing or just talking and laughing. I love music, especially rock, traveling and meeting new people.

Hello! My name is Carol and I'm a 21-year-old Brazilian girl. I'm studying English at Casa Thomas Jefferson. I've already finished the regular course but I feel I have to improve my skills in English. I study Biology, I teach classical Ballet, I dance Ballet, I'm an intern at a laboratory and I'm always busy (actually, I'm always looking for something to do).
I like to meet people (especially foreign people). So, I'll be glad to chat with you.

Hello! I’m Gabriel Freire. I’m a Brazilian student from the Movie Talk course in the capital of Brazil, Brasilia. I speak Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish as well. I’m 15 years old. I study very hard and I like to play tennis, speak foreign languages and hang out with my friends. I like to watch movies very much, and the Movie Talk course is a unique opportunity to discuss and comment about them. :D

Hello! My name is Amanda. I'm 16. I'm fond of movies, music and sports. I play basketball in my school team and when I have some free time I like to read and go out with my friends. I like to watch all kinds of movies. My favorite one is The Sound of Music. I am very excited to learn more about Russia and I will be very happy to answer any questions about Brazil.

e mërkurë, 12 shtator 2007

MOVIE TALK. 2 new Teams of students who are now the participants of our Project

                                                MOVIE TALK 

RUSSIAN STUDENTS. Let's get acquainted.

Team 1
(from left to right)

1) Podolnaya Nastya
I'm twenty. I come from Unecha, a little Russian town. I study at the Bryansk State University at the faculty of foreign 
languages. We have different subjects such as oral practice, grammar, theoretical and practical phonetics, economics, 
pedagogics and many others. I read a lot of books in the original. My favourite writers are James Joice, Theodore Dreiser,
Agatha Christie, Dan Brown, Ernest Hemingway. As to my hobbies I like to listen to music for example such bands as
Scorpions, Him, Rasmus and some others.
I'm fond of traveling. I've already been to the Crimea and Belarus, but I would like to go to Great Britain to master the

2) Fetisov Eugene
Hello! My name is Eugene. I'm 19. I was born in Ludinovo city, Kaluga region. It's a lovely place not far from Moscow. If
you have chance to visit Russia do not forget to visit my native city. It is known for its beautiful nature and the
factory of Machine Building. But I have already been living in Bryansk for 2 years. I'm a student. I study at the faculty
of foreign languages. I'm the only boy in my group and I like it very much. I think, sometimes, I can understand the
women's soul, their psychology. But their logic is beyond human understanding+
So, I have a lot of friends, besides, I share a flat with two interesting guys. One of them is an amateur boxer and
another is going in for the subculture named Gothics. I am also fond of music. I like such groups as "Gorky Park", "System
of a down", "Spling", "Queen", "B2", "U2" and others. I'm very active, I can dance all night long. I'll be thankful to you
if you drop a line to me.

3) Babenko Christina

4) Mamochkina Natasha
Hi! My name is Natasha. I'm interested in everything that is new and unknown to me and that is why I'm learning foreign
languages. I adore dancing, puppies and camomiles.

5) Shashkina Sveta
My name is Sveta. I'm 19, I'm a third year student of the faculty of foreign languages. I'm fond of reading, especially
of reading books by Agatha Christie. My hobby is skydiving, so I may say that I'm a risk-taker, but I'm an amateur in this
sport as I made only 3 jumps. I am a communicative person and have a lot of friends; I enjoy spending my leisure time with

6) Muraeva Olga
Hello! My name is Olga. I'm 19 years old. I'm a student of the faculty of foreign languages. I like to study English and
German. I'm also fond of reading, especially I like to read detective stories. Sometimes, when I have spare time, I
embroider. I'd love to communicate with you and I'd like to know about your way of life and your national culture.

7) Lapik Anna
My name is Anna. I like to strike up new acquaintances everywhere and as a result I have a great many friends. I should
say (and it's not only my opinion) that I'm a very buoyant girl. Besides, I'm an optimist and one of my merits is that I'm
a good mixer. A famous proverb "The echo responds to the call" is a motto of my life.

8) Pirmamedova Oksana
My name is Oksana. My surname is Pirmamedova.
I was born in Bryansk. But after 7 years my family and I moved to Ekaterinburg and only when I was 14 years old we returned to Bryansk.
Speaking about me I am fond of dancing and taking photos, but it doesn't mean that when I have my leisure time I always try to take photos. As a rule I spend my day off at home and sometimes if my friends come to me we have a party and as usual discuss some news and have a lot of fun.
 I am also fond of cooking but I like to make appetizers and desserts such as pies, cakes, pastries, tartes and I hate to cook first courses such as soup and mashed potatoes.

Team 2
(from left to right)

1) Nosikova Kate
Hello, everybody! My name is Kate. I’m 19. I am a third year student of the faculty of foreign languages, Bryansk State University.
I try to enjoy my life no mater how pressed in time I am owing to my studying. I like many things as my tastes are quite broad. I like to be surrounded by people, so I prefer going out with my friends to reading a book or watching TV. I like to talk. I like to laugh. I like to listen to music. I like to look at starry sky. I like extreme.
There are also some things I hate. I can’t stand hypocrisy, betrayal and lie. But most of all I hate war and death.
The most valuable things in my life are my family and friends.
I would be glad if you write several lines to me.

2) Khokhlova Tatiana
I’ m Tanya. By the way people who have this name are considered to be born to create home atmosphere. I don’t think that it is my predestination in life, but my head is always full of crazy ideas of how to make life around more interesting and vivid. I have always been keen on foreign languages and I can’ t imagine my life without them. My firm belief is that there’s no limit to perfection and I stick to this idea every day of my life.

3) Makarkina Irina
Hi, everyone! My name is Irina. I’m 19. Here I live, in Bryansk, and here I study at the faculty of foreign languages. I can’t say I have much free time to spare, but when I have some I’m always in search of different ways of entertaining myself. I meet my friends, go to the clubs, watch new films and listen to music. But the things I really keen on are Tim Burton’s movies, the Numerology and fantasy. So I would be glad if you scribble me a line or two.

4) Kovaleva Elena
My name is Helen Kovaleva. I’m 19 years old. I live and study in Bryansk. I’m a third year-student. I study two languages: English and German.
When I have some free time I usually listen to music and watch TV. I like Club and R’n’B music. Among different types of films best of all I like comedy and romantic dramas because such films are very cheerful and full of life.
My family is not very large, just a typical family: Dad, Mom, me and two brothers. We don’ t live together and once a month get together and spend our time magnificently.
Speaking about me I can say that I’ m very merry and communicative. I usually say what I think that’s why people around me always take offense. But still I have a lot of friends.

5) Zhuck Kate

6) Shelkunova Marina
I’ m Marina Shelkunova. I’m 19 years and I live in Bryansk. I think I’m a versatile person. I like to study languages: In my University I study English and German and also I study Spanish. I can’t live without reading. I prefer long thrilling stories written by Stephen King. As for my hobby - I’ m fond of football. I simply adore this game and root for Liverpool FC for 5 years.
I hate being alone that’s why I value my friends very much. Besides I sincerely believe that there are no bad people in the world simply we must stop doing harm to each other and then everything will be all right!

7) Vinokurov Alexander
Hello, my name is Sasha. I’m 19 years old & like most of teenagers I’m fond of good music & cinema. First of all I should mention that in my opinion good music is rock. I don’t know why I chose this music style but after listening to different genres I decided on this particular one. Everything began when I first heard the accords of the Status Quo’s best-known song “In the Army now”. There has been many a peck of salt eaten since that time but it is still one of my favorite songs. I listen to different bands such as Metallica, Apocalyptica, DDT, Lumen & many others but still my favorite band is Rammstein. Another weakness of mine is cinema. Oh, there are lots of films I admire. All of them are well-known to you: The Matrix, The Terminator, The Mulholland Drive, The Lord of the Rings, The Dead Alive…
There are a lot of things to discuss about films and I think it will be a good theme of our talk.

8) Androsova Irina
There is a saying if you want something to be done well, do it yourself. So I follow this wise saying and would like to introduce myself.
My name is Irene Androsova. I’m from Russia. I love my country greatly as I have already been living here for nearly 20 years. I’ m 19 years old and now I’ m a third year student of the faculty of foreign languages. I think it is not easy to learn foreign languages but I’ m used to getting over difficulties and now can’t imagine my life without English and German.
While studying at the University I do not have much free time. But still my friends and me do our best to get together every week-end.I like reading books as well as watching films. I’ m fond of Russian and foreign writers such as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Pasternak, Bulgakov, Hemingway, Orwell, Steinbeck. Speaking about my character, I can say that I’m friendly, kind and honest. I don’ t like falsehood. I’ m modest and sometimes very shy. It’s very difficult for me to cope with people who have such features as egoism and dishonesty.
My family is not very large: my father, my mother and my brother, who is 6 years my junior. I like strolling along the streets because my parents usually tell me a lot of interesting details of the history of our city. But I don’t see my family often because I live and study in Bryansk where I live in a hostel with my group-mate. My parents live in Smolensk and though I’ m a grown-up I miss them very much.

9) Kukareko Olga
My name is Olga Kukareko. I was born on October, 30 in the small town Starodub, Bryansk region. My family is not large.
It consists of mother, father, my grand father and my young sister.
I am a student of the faculty of foreign languages of the Bryansk State University and I wish to master the language as it is very important to know foreign languages especially nowadays. I have a lot of friends. During the weekends we gather together and discuss the latest news and films.
Speaking about my character, I can say that I am friendly, honest and kind. Sometimes I can be shy but I dislike when somebody tricking me! I should say I can keep secrets and I never let my friends be ashamed.

10) Jackubovsky Maxim
Let me introduce myself. My name is Maxim, Max for short. I’m 19 years of age and have been studying at the faculty of foreign languages for 3 years already. Love for languages has always been typical of me and after my school teacher of English had said that I was quite capable I set my mind on acquiring as many languages as possible. Hopefully, either English or German will prove useful to me in future and I will somehow or other deal with foreigners in the course of the professional activity wherever I work.
Actually, my circle of interests stretches far beyond studying. For instance, I enjoy doing sporting activities, which enables me to strengthen health and be in high spirits. In particular, I like swimming, running, cycling. I am not indifferent towards football either, even though I prefer to watch spectacular matches instead of running after the ball about the pitch myself. I also like movies especially those full of humour because, watching such films, I can forget at least for an hour or so about life which is far from being funny. I like music. My musical tastes are different, but it depends on my mood. As for reading, I like magazines devoted either to economy or business world news as I get to know a lot of interesting and important information from them without which, I believe, it’s next to impossible to orientate oneself in life in which economic relations play a dominant role.
Speaking about my character I can say that I’m friendly, kind, reliable and responsive. I’m not at all communicable by nature, which occasionally makes me difficult to deal with and makes it difficult for me to get a way with people but at the same time I’m far from being a timid boy. I wish I had more friends. I think I’m somewhere in between an extrovert and an introvert.

You see, it's me - a person with his good and not good characteristics.

And the other participants:

      Hello, everybody! It’s very nice to participate in this community! My name is Dmitri Dorogov, I live in Bryansk and study English & German at the Bryansk University.
The greatest interest of mine, besides English of course, is movies, especially independent European and American cinema, but that doesn’t mean I ignore mainstream, at least not when it suits my mood. My best favorite authors in this field are David Lynch, Alejandro González Iñárritu (whom those of you who come from the Latin America should know), Terri Gilliam and the one I adore most – Lars Von Trier. I also like good music – though the concept of good concerning music is very vague for me. I can listen almost to anything – except, perhaps, very hard rock & and what they call the ‘black’ music. Best of all I like classical pieces, Enigma and the like, to some extent different sub branches of Ambient music and good artful film soundtracks. Have you ever heard of the American film composer Philip Glass? I find his works unsurpassably deep and beautiful. Into the bargain, he is one of the pioneers of minimalism in music which has lately initiated my enthusiasm for the avant-garde. I’m also keen on modernist & post modernist literature. My favorite modern writers are Elfriede Jelinek, Bernard Verber, J. M. Coetzee, Michael Cunningham, etc. Out of the classical English-speaking authors my favourites are Oscar Wild, Somerset Maugham, Virginia Woolf, George Orwell and Truman Capote.
   There’re not very many things I hate. As concerns people those are tactlessness and intolerance.
   As for myself, I can say perhaps that I’m quite mild and tactful; I’m friendly & benevolent, I like to interact with interesting people and can accept people the way they are, only I can’t stand those who have the inclination to judge others.
   Well, that’s it, I guess. It’s wonderful we live now that we can talk free regardless of the national frontiers. Hope everybody’s going to make a great many friends here!