Teens around the world

Hi,

The theme of this year’s winter camp  is Teens.  The girls at my camp would like to know some things about teens in other countries, so they made these questions.  If you could answer these questions regarding teenagers in your home country, or even just a few of the questions we would really appreciate it. Thanks!

Food: 1. How was the food at your middle school?  / what are school lunches like in your country?

Study: 2. Do teenagers in your country study hard?

3. Do the schools there have strict rules? such as wearing school uniform, short hair, piercings etc.

4. How long are the school vacations in your country?

Music: 5. What singers are popular?

6. Are there many K-pop fans?

Money: 7. How much pocket money did you get when you were a teenager?

Friends: 8. What do teenagers do when they want to make friends?

Dreams: 9. What is the most popular job students want to be?

Hobbies: 10. What is the most famous sport in your country?

Other: 11. What do people in your country know about Korea?

12. What’s your favourite holiday?

13. Are racial problems serious in your country?

14. Do they usually go to parties instead of studying?

Thanks again for taking the time and helping us.

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. johanna richard
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 05:10:41

    FOOD: In my opinion I don’t think any food in any cafeteria is “delicious”, but our foods were different than what you get in Korea. 1st of all, we were never served rice, soup, or kimchi!!! We ate other things like salads, chicken nuggets, hamburgers, fish sticks, and vegetable sides. There would also usually be a small serving of dessert, and then you could have your choice of milk (fatty, non-fatty, or chocolate!) A lot of students bring their own lunch from home, too. Typically you would bring a sandwich, (peanut butter and jelly, or deli meet and cheese), something crunchy like potato chips, or maybe carrot sticks, and a fruit.

    STUDY: 2. Some teenagers study hard, but it doesn’t compare to what goes on in Korea. Those that want to get into top schools will study harder, but the rest of us who just want to go to college don’t need to study much. In Korea I think students study the most in middle school and high school, and then once they make it into university I believe it’s a bit more relaxed. In America it is the opposite. We study just enough to get by, and then we work really hard once we get into university.

    3. It really depends on what school you go to. If you go to a private school, there will certainly be more rules. Students who attend private school will wear a uniform and have stricter rules for behavior, socializing, and academics. (I didn’t go to private so I can’t get too much into that). If you go to a public school you can MOSTLY wear whatever you want. For girls, there is a length that the skirt can’t go above (usually the fingertips when holding your arms down at your sides). Boys can’t wear too baggy of pants. No obscene writing on t-shirts. I think any hair color is ok, but I think the rules are more strict now about facial piercings.

    4. We get about 2 – 2 1/2 months vacation in summer, then about 3 weeks to a month in winter (before Christmas and after New Years). We also get another Spring Break in March or April for a week.

    MUSIC: not really sure who is popular these days. sorry. And i doubt if any American teenagers know anything about K-pop…although I could be mistaken.

    MONEY: I don’t remember getting an allowance when I was a teenager. If I needed/wanted something, and my parents agreed that I could have it, then they’d buy it. But I only remember getting money for birthdays and Christmas. Also, once teenagers turn 16 most of them get a job and pay for things themselves. Because we don’t spend all of our time studying (until college) we have time for a job after school.

    FRIENDS: If you want to make friends at school, the easiest thing to do is join one of the sports team, academic clubs, the choir, or drama.

    DREAMS: I think a lot of students just want to be famous…whether it be through sports or theatrics. Aside from that, maybe doctors, lawyers, businessmen, etc. I think in general – whatever makes you rich 🙂

    HOBBIES: I would say American style football and baseball are most popular.

    OTHER: unfortunately, I don’t think many people in America know too much about Korea. If they do I think their knowledge would be pretty limited. They may know things like there was a war, being divided into the North and South, how crazy Kim Jung-Il was, and now about his recent death…but other than that, I’m afraid most people don’t know much.

    12: My favorite holiday is either Thanksgiving or Christmas. I adore my family and really enjoy the time I get to spend with them.

    13: This is a tough question. I think every country in the world has racial problems. Living in America is a wonderful experience because just walking down the street you pass by people representing nations all over the world. So it’s very common to see multiple nationalities in any given moment. However, there are some folks out there who don’t like people who look different from themselves. Some days there is violence, and others there is not. It’s not nearly as bad as it was 100 (or even 50) years ago, but I believe it will always remain a problem (worldwide), unfortunately.

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    • gemmalunn
      Jan 05, 2012 @ 05:17:48

      Wow thanks Johanna they are some great answers.
      Girls (camp students) what do you think are the most interesting points about what Johanna said about teenagers in America?

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  2. Gloria
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 05:31:11

    Food: 1. How was the food at your middle school? / what are school dinners like in your country?
    We normally bring homemade lunches to school in NZ, such as, sandwiches, rolls, muesli bars and fruits etc. Thus nearly all middle (intermediate) school students will have a lunch box and a drink bottle! There is also a school tuck shop (canteen) to buy lunch, such as, meat pies, sausage rolls, snacks, ice cream etc.

    Study: 2. Do teenagers in your country study hard?
    This is a very relative term and is a student-by-student condition. There is no such thing as an academy school in NZ, so after school you usually do other co-curricular activities, such as rugby, netball, swimming, choir, theatre etc. However, it does not mean we only play all the time, but we balance everything out and the school curriculum is made so that each person can be developed into an all-rounder student.

    3. Do the schools there have strict rules? such as wearing school uniform, short hair, piercings etc.
    Yes, we must wear ONLY school uniform (in the correct way that it is supposed to be worn) during school days and for school trips or competitions. NO visible piercing is allowed except ear studs (since it can be dangerous when doing physical activities. There is no rule about your hair length or colour, but it should not be radical, such as colouring it bright orange or pink.
    There is a strict rule about bullying. Zero tolerance for bullying and your school dean or even your school principal can suspend you from school if they think your actions are inappropriate.

    4. How long are the school vacations in your country?
    We have four distinct semesters with 2 week vacation between each semester, except for the summer vacation (which is in December for us, since we are in the southern hemisphere) which is about 2 months long.

    Music: 5. What singers are popular?
    We do not have a big entertainment industry in NZ, since we don’t have a very large population (4.5 million people in the entire country – that’s the population of Busan in one country!). However, there are a few famous singers such as, Brooke Fraser (she is now one of the worship leaders in Hillsong United in Australia), Flight of the concords (they are now living in America as far as I’m concerned and are doing much better there), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (opera singer who is now in america? britain?). As you can see, most of our greatest singers/bands go overseas to claim credit for their musical excellence!

    6. Are there many K-pop fans?
    Not really, only Koreans who live in NZ are fans of K-pop. K-pop is not really well known in NZ.

    Money: 7. How much pocket money did you get when you were a teenager?
    Depends with each household, but students in NZ usually don’t get a lot of pocket money. If you want to buy something, you save up the pocket money for a month or you do some part time jobs – e.g. newspaper rounds, babysitting, tutoring etc. Parents will NEVER buy everything that you want, and not because the boy or girl next door has it.

    Friends: 8. What do teenagers do when they want to make friends?
    They usually join the school sports team or music group, or they can join other clubs, such as swimming club, rugby club, theatre company for kids etc.

    Dreams: 9. What is the most popular job students want to be?
    There isn’t really that one (or two) job that is popular among the students. Instead, we have a diverse range of jobs that the students want to be. E.g. fashion designer, architect, forensic scientist, vet, farmer, carpenter, landscape planner etc. Parents also do not push you into becoming someone in the future.

    Hobbies: 10. What is the most famous sport in your country?
    RUGBY!!! (We won the 2011 World Rugby Champs last year!!) Netball, cricket, rowing, yachting, triathlon – we have won gold medals in all these sports so far.

    Other: 11. What do people in your country know about Korea?
    Sadly not so much. We know about the big companies like Samsung, LG and Hyundai. Hyundai motor company has become really big these days and is the most wanted automobile for families in NZ. We do have a Korean Day and Korean marts that sell Korean foods, such as kimchi, dwanjang, seaweed paper etc.

    12. What’s your favourite holiday?
    Christmas – because it is probably the most warmest holiday of the year. People enjoy going to the beach and eat barbeque with their families and friends.

    13. Are racial problems serious in your country?
    Yes and no. Although NZ was once part of the British colony, there were the native Maoris and Chinese miners even before 1840 (this was when the NZ treaty was signed between the English and the Maoris for Britain sovereignty). So it is not a full-caucasian society, but more like a interracial country. We are multicultural, with a Chinese MP in the government. However, there are still some racial quotas in the society and the caucasian population still gets the upper hand.

    14. Do they usually go to parties instead of studying?
    (You mean the students?) Usually, students are only allowed to attend parties if they have finished all their work. So if you have finished your studies in time for the party then you are most welcome to do both!!

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    • gemmalunn
      Jan 05, 2012 @ 05:34:59

      Some more brilliant and very interesting answers about teenagers in New Zealand. I’m surprised that you can buy Kimchi in New Zealand!!

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  3. Ruban
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 05:51:35

    Food: 1. The food at my middle school was terrible. I didn’t like it one bit. It’s always burgers, fries and nothing really healthy. School dinners? I never had that before in Canada

    Study: 2. Yes, teenagers in Canada study very hard but more effectively. They work in group works, use technology wisely and they have a lot of homework as well. No hagwons so their focus was entire on school work.

    3. Uniforms, and such are prominent in private academies or Catholic schools. Public school, not so much. Of course no weapons, no cellphones in class, and no showing off belly buttons (girls). Even skirts have to be knee length at Catholic schools. Luckily, I went to both.

    4. 2 months long in the summer and about 2 weeks in the winter.

    Music: 5. Singers are popular? Um… depends on the students because the music genre are so diverse and the population of Toronto, Canada is SUPER multicultural. I personally am not a huge music fan. I like Bollywood, and K-Pop but most of my friends are into hip hop and rap.

    6. At my school, I know maybe 2 or 3 K-Pop fans. Nothing compared to Korea.

    Money: 7. I got maybe $10 a week for lunches (because $2 a day for a chicken patty and a pop). Weekends, of course i’ll be home.

    Friends: 8. They say hello, and try to get to know the person? Odd question because I never thought about it.

    Dreams: 9. Popular job is probably business (at least among my friends).

    Hobbies: 10. HOCKEY and HOCKEY. It’s Canada.

    Other: 11. They know that Koreans don’t like Appolo Ohno from USA because of his cheating ways in speedskating? They also know that South Korea and North Korea are not friends.

    12. Christmas! BREAK from school! Gifts!

    13. There will always be racial tension but it’s Toronto. The most diverse city in the world. Ethnicities from across the globe live here so they are fine for the most part. Of course few bad apples ruin it for everyone.

    14. Not when they are in middle school. Older high school students do but not middle school. Elementary school… no WAY. Universities… YES.

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  4. Wietske
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 05:59:31

    Teens in Australia

    Food: 1. How was the food at your middle school? / what are school dinners like in your country?
    We bring our own food to school for lunch. We have dinner at home since school finishes at 3pm.

    Study: 2. Do teenagers in your country study hard?
    Each teenager is different. The majority of teenagers would do about an hour of homework a night. Studying isn’t very important until you get to the last 3 years of high school. Memorising facts like students do in Korea isn’t very important.

    3. Do the schools there have strict rules? such as wearing school uniform, short hair, piercings etc.
    It depends which school you go to. All school students (at primary and high school – in Australia we don’t have middle school) must wear uniforms. Girls aren’t allowed to wear large hoop earrings or too much jewellery. However, private schools are much stricter than public schools and will often have hair colour, jewellery and piercing rules.

    4. How long are the school vacations in your country?
    In Australia there are 4 sets of school holidays – two weeks in April over Easter, one week in July, two weeks in October and five weeks in December/January.

    Music: 5. What singers are popular?
    Many of the American singers that are popular in Korea are also popular in Australia – Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, etc.

    6. Are there many K-pop fans?
    No. I have never met any teenagers who even know what K-Pop is.

    Money: 7. How much pocket money did you get when you were a teenager?
    $2 a week. If I did jobs for my mother like weeding, washing windows , vacuuming or washing the dog I would get a few more dollars. ($2.00 is about 2000 won)

    Friends: 8. What do teenagers do when they want to make friends?
    If a teenager wants to make friends they’ll find something in common with another person and start talking about that (eg. we both have the same school bag). However most teenagers become good friends with their classmates or by having the same ethnic background as another student (eg. Korean students become friends with one another, Indian students, etc).

    Dreams: 9. What is the most popular job students want to be?
    A dole bludger – getting money from the government for not working. There is no one job that is very popular with students. Students mostly follow their own interests. However parents often want their children to be doctors, lawyers or accountants.

    Hobbies: 10. What is the most famous sport in your country?
    Rugby and cricket, but Australians are quite good at swimming and field hockey too.

    Other: 11. What do people in your country know about Korea?
    The dates of the Korean War and that Australians went to fight there. Unfortunately most Australians don’t know much about Korea and often get confused between North and South Korea

    12. What’s your favourite holiday?
    Boxing Day, the day after Christmas where you can relax, eat Christmas leftovers, watch sports on TV, and get great discounts if you go shopping.

    13. Are racial problems serious in your country?
    Every country has discrimination. Australia is made up of people from all over the world and most of the time we all get on. The problems come more from economic problems than race. Some races in Australia are poorer than others (Aboriginal people, Indians, Chinese) and are discriminated against for this. Others are discriminated against for not speaking English. Others are discriminated against because others are jealous of their success. Finally, some people bring racial problems from their home country to Australia which also causes problems, eg Indians and Pakistanis.

    14. Do they usually go to parties instead of studying?
    Studying isn’t very important but partying isn’t either. Most of the time teenagers will just hang-out with friends, talking, playing sport, shopping and watching movies.

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    • Aisling
      Jan 05, 2012 @ 09:42:11

      Teens in Ireland:

      Food: 1. How was the food at your middle school? / what are school lunch like in your country?
      In primary schools children bring their own packed lunches but there are very strict rules on what they can bring. For example they are not allowed cakes, candy, crisps, chocolate, biscuits, fizzy drinks. In secondary schools students also pack their own lunch but they can choose what they eat. Most teenagers eat sandwiches for lunch, maybe some fruit and things like muesli or cereal bars. I don’t have any experience of school cafeteria food as this is not very common in Ireland.
      Study: 2. Do teenagers in your country study hard?
      I think this really depends on the individual. But from what I can see they do not study as hard as Korean students do. I think that Irish students tend to study just enough to get in to college or university and then they work very hard to achieve a good degree from there.
      3. Do the schools there have strict rules? such as wearing school uniform, short hair, piercings etc.
      Yes. In my secondary school we were not allowed to have dyed hair, make-up or high heels. Our skirts had to be below the knee. We could have ears pierced but nothing else. Our school uniform included a jacket so on cold days we were not allowed to wear our own jackets. We also had a school uniform for physical education.
      In my school we had to swipe a personal identification card every morning and evening and if we didn’t then a text was sent to our parents.
      4. How long are the school vacations in your country?
      Our school calendar begins in September and ends in June. We have nearly three months off during the summer. We also get around two weeks off during Christmas and maybe a week or two during Spring.
      Music: 5. What singers are popular?
      Mostly American pop singers and bands. But there is also a huge Irish music scene that is very popular amongst teenagers especially.
      6. Are there many K-pop fans?
      Not that I know of!!
      Money: 7. How much pocket money did you get when you were a teenager?
      I can’t remember exactly. But it increased as I got older. And it depended on my chores. I had to do things like helping out at home in order to earn my pocket money. But most teenagers don’t get pocket money because they have part-time jobs like baby-sitting or working in small shops so they earn their own money.
      Friends: 8. What do teenagers do when they want to make friends?
      I think boys socialise mostly through sports, like sports clubs. Girls also socialise through clubs like drama or sports and school organised clubs.
      Dreams: 9. What is the most popular job students want to be?
      I think girls tend to like teaching or nursing and boys are interested in business.
      Hobbies: 10. What is the most famous sport in your country?
      Hurling! This is a traditional Irish sport that is only played in Ireland but is definitely the most popular, particularly amongst boys.
      Other: 11. What do people in your country know about Korea?
      Unfortunately, not a lot. I think that there is a tendency to regard all of Asia as China or Japan because these are the most commonly known Asian countries.
      12. What’s your favourite holiday?
      Definitely Christmas!! It is a real family time in Ireland, where we eat way too much food, we have two weeks vacation from school and work and there is a good atmosphere everywhere.
      13. Are racial problems serious in your country?
      I wouldn’t say serious. I think that most Irish people are open to people from other cultures. But amongst the older generation there can be some ignorance to other nationalities.
      14. Do they usually go to parties instead of studying?
      Again, this depends very much on the individual. I guess most students would prefer to party than study but their parents don’t allow this.

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  5. gemmalunn
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 06:00:24

    Great, thanks, by school dinners I meant school lunch (maybe that’s an English expression!!) and Q8 should probably read, how do teenagers make new friends! Thanks for your answers.

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  6. Mark van Coppenhagen
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 07:25:44

    In South Africa

    Food: 1. How was the food at your middle school? / what are school dinners like in your country?
    middle school and high school are together in one school (Together it’s high school). I was a day student which meant that I could go home at 1.45pm, so the school never gave me any food.

    Study: 2. Do teenagers in your country study hard?
    Teenagers or students don’t always study that hard in high school. If you want to be a doctor, scientist or engineer then you need to have very good high school scores. But if you want to study cooking, business, psychology, communication, drama or similar subject it is not that difficult to get accepted into university.

    3. Do the schools there have strict rules? such as wearing school uniform, short hair, piercings etc.
    I was at a boys only school and there were strict rules. Short hair, no piercings and we had to wear a uniform every day. Some private high schools had very casual school uniforms and allowed piercings.

    4. How long are the school vacations in your country?
    I cannot remember exactly but I think about 2 months a year.

    Music: 5. What singers are popular?
    Many American pop and hip-hop artists are popular. There are also many local singers which are very popular.

    6. Are there many K-pop fans?
    I have never ever met anyone in high school in South Africa that has heard of Kpop.

    Money: 7. How much pocket money did you get when you were a teenager?
    It changed every year, but maybe about 30,000원 a week.

    Friends: 8. What do teenagers do when they want to make friends?
    We go to a house party and meet new people. Or we play sport at school and make new friends.

    Dreams: 9. What is the most popular job students want to be?
    Lawyers, engineers, graphic designers or animal doctors.

    Hobbies: 10. What is the most famous sport in your country?
    Rugby

    Other: 11. What do people in your country know about Korea?
    We have many products from Korea like Hyundai cars and electronics such as Samsung and LG.

    12. What’s your favourite holiday?
    Christmas because during Christmas it is vacation in South Africa.

    13. Are racial problems serious in your country?
    Very serious. We had a white government and now a black government has taken over. So there is a lot of tension between white and black people.

    14. Do they usually go to parties instead of studying?
    Yes.

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  7. Chris
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 07:30:59

    1. How was the food at your middle school? What are school dinners like in your country?
    School lunches are not provided in the majority of schools in Ireland. In all primary (elementary) schools students bring their own lunch from home. Most primary schools run a program whereby they provide milk to students on a daily basis (to help encourage calcium intake) but they do not provide school lunches. Some secondary (middle and high) schools (usually the newer ones) do provide a cafeteria service. It’s usually run more like a restaurant in that you will be offered some sort of choice/menu and you pay at the time for whatever you choose. These cafeterias are usually run by contracted caterers and so operate solely on a profit-making basis as opposed to a school/government scheme attempting to meet the nutritional needs of the students. As a result the foods offered are usually decided on what is popular instead of healthy. A typical menu would include things like burgers, French fries, chicken nuggets, pizza etc. These cafeterias usually offer some form of confectionary or candy also. While some schools do offer these facilities, most still don’t and so students must either bring food from home or are allowed to leave the school during the lunch break to buy food elsewhere.

    2. Do teenagers in your country study hard?
    Teenagers (secondary school students) don’t tend to study as hard in Ireland as they do in Korea. Those who want to go on to university do tend to study more than others in order to make that happen. In my experience, students work harder in university than in secondary school. They tend to just about do enough to get into their chosen course and then will often work a lot harder in order to do well at that course.

    3. Do the schools there have strict rules? such as wearing school uniform, short hair, piercings etc.
    Historically, most Irish schools were set up and controlled/run by the religious orders (catholic brothers, monks and nuns). Today, the majority of schools are state run but retain a lot of their old rules/traditions and can often have members of the religious orders as principals or teachers. As a result of this, single sex schools are very common in Ireland and some can be extremely strict. The vast majority of both primary and secondary schools require their students to wear a school uniform. Most schools have strict guidelines for the uniform such as the length of the skirt for girls and the colour or style of shoes. Boy’s schools often enforce rules on hair length and facial hair. Rules regarding jewellery and piercings can vary but most schools will have some policy restricting what students can wear or what piercings are acceptable. Most schools will only allow ear piercing and will require students to cover/hide other piercings such as lips or eyebrows.

    4. How long are the school vacations in your country?
    Primary schools get around two weeks winter vacation (for Christmas and New Year) and 2 months summer vacation (July and August). Secondary schools get the same winter vacation but get three months summer vacation (June, July and August).

    5. What singers are popular?
    *I have no idea*
    6. Are there many K-pop fans?
    Not that I am aware of. I had never heard of K-pop before coming to Korea.

    7. How much pocket money did you get when you were a teenager?
    I didn’t really get pocket money in the traditional sense. I have had summer and part time work since I was quite young (12 years old) and before that I never really needed money on a weekly basis. My first summer job earned me 10 Irish punts a day (roughly 20,000 KRW).

    8. What do teenagers do when they want to make friends?
    Most schools offer some form of club or society (sports, drama, music) which allow students with similar interests to socialise and make friends. The most common way to make friends in Ireland outside of school is to get involved in sports. The GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) has a very well developed sports program for young people and this offers many students a social outlet. Outside of sport there are some youth organisations which cater to Irish teenagers such as the “No Name Club”. This is a youth organisation with many clubs nationwide which run social events for teenagers.

    9. What is the most popular job students want to be?
    Most teenage boys in Ireland tend to be drawn toward the life of a high profile sports player. Soccer players are often the most popular as there is an opportunity to make a lot of money playing such sports.

    10. What is the most famous sport in your country?
    The native Irish sports of hurling and Gaelic football are still the most universally popular throughout the country. They attract the largest crowds. In terms of international sports, soccer would be most popular while rugby is quickly gaining in popularity.

    11. What do people in your country know about Korea?
    People in Ireland seem to know very little about Korea. North Korea features more prominently in international news than the South and so most people tend to know more about North Korea. It is a common misconception in Ireland (and a lot of the west) that the two countries are similar in terms of wealth and lifestyle etc. There are many Korean products sold in Ireland (cars and electronics) but many people do not realise where these brands come from.

    12. What’s your favourite holiday?
    My favourite holiday is Christmas. I enjoy spending time at home with family and everyone is usually happy at this time of year.

    13. Are racial problems serious in your country?
    Racism is present in Ireland but for the most part, not to a serious extent. It is only very recently that the Irish economy improved sufficiently to make it a country worth relocating to. In the last 20 years or so there has been quite a lot of immigration to Ireland from all over the world and so, as a multicultural state, Ireland is in its infancy. Racial discrimination is not a problem in the workplace or in schools but there have been some isolated incidences of racism in recent years (most often verbal abuse or some form of harassment).

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  8. Ana
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 15:23:40

    Teens in SPAIN

    Food: 1. How was the food at your middle school? / what are school lunch like in your country?
    Only in some schools in Spain it’s possible have lunch, normaly students have lunch at home. Anyway the food used to be like home made food but unfreeze.

    Study: 2. Do teenagers in your country study hard?
    Some of them

    3. Do the schools there have strict rules? such as wearing school uniform, short hair, piercings etc.
    Only in private and Catolic school thare are strict rules like wear uniform, no wear piercings, and sometimes even don’t wear sandals in summer

    4. How long are the school vacations in your country?
    summer vacation: from the middle of June until september
    winter vacation: from 22th december until 8 of January

    Music: 5. What singers are popular?
    Spanish pop music and sometimes music in English

    6. Are there many K-pop fans?
    Nowadays there are more kpop fans than before.. but it’s not easy to find a teenager fan

    Money: 7. How much pocket money did you get when you were a teenager?
    Nothing… T.T my father gave me sometimes when he thought that I deservered it or not

    Friends: 8. What do teenagers do when they want to make friends?

    Dreams: 9. What is the most popular job students want to be?
    no idea… but one of the most popular careers when they have to do the test to go to the university is doctor

    Hobbies: 10. What is the most famous sport in your country?
    Football

    Other: 11. What do people in your country know about Korea?
    I think people in Spain don’t know too much..
    when they know that i have korean friends they ask me: “are they north koreans?”

    12. What’s your favourite holiday?
    summer holiday…. it’s the best holiday for teachers kkk

    13. Are racial problems serious in your country?
    sometimes… specially with aribian from Marruecos and african people

    14. Do they usually go to parties instead of studying?
    I don’t think so… and If they go to the parties in exam period is because they don’t use to study

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  9. sandra
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 00:43:57

    Food: 1. I’m from South Africa and we don’t get lunch provided by our schools. Our mom’s pack us a lunch. It’s usually a sandwich.

    Study: 2. Teenagers do study hard if they want to get a job one day or go to university. But many people don’t and leave school before grade 12.

    3. My school was very strict. We had to wear ugly green uniforms. Our hair had to be tied up all the time with only a black band. Our socks had to be only white. We had to move out of the way when we saw an adult and greet them when they walked past. We had many many rules.

    4. There is one long vacation time in December/January for about 1 month. And 3 shorter vacation breaks in the year which were about 1~2 weeks long.

    Music: 5. American pop singers were popular when I was a teen.

    6. My country didn’t know about Korea, let alone K-Pop.

    Money: 7. My parents were very generous and gave me a good amount of pocket money.

    Friends: 8. Making friends is hard, but being nice and helping others is good. Speaking to people and knowing many people can help make good close friends here and there too.

    Dreams: 9. Among the teens I knew at school becoming a graphic designer was the most popular dream job.

    Hobbies: 10. In SA rugby and cricket are the most famous sports, but soccer is also growing very popular now.

    Other: 11. Honestly, not many people know about Korea… it is so far away. Those that do know about Korea only know about North Korea because of what they see on the news.

    12. My favorite holiday must be Christmas. This time of year is summer in SA and we have our long vacation then as well, so its a good time of year.

    13. SA has had a long history of racial problems. I was born towards the end of those major problems, but there are still things to work out. I believe that people are more tolerant and accepting now than they have ever been.

    14. I would only go to a party after my exam or test. I have a motto: “Study now. Party later.” Working hard now means I can enjoy the fruits of tomorrow.

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    • gemmalunn
      Jan 06, 2012 @ 05:42:11

      Right, I suppose I should give some information about teens in England!
      1. At secondary (middle) schools in England the school dinners (lunches) used to be really unhealthy, however that has changed recently since Jamie Oliver’s ‘school dinners’ campaign to try and get school dinners to be healthier. So now schools must offer some healthy options. Many students still take in a packed lunch which inlcude sandwiches, crisps, fruit, chocolate etc.

      2. Definitely not as hard as students in Korea. Students study when they have exams or coursework, I used to have a hour or two’s homework a night so not much. I studied more at university than school.

      3. It depends on the school, in all schools you must wear a uniform and most schools will make sure skirts are not too short, also they will let you dye your hair (as long as it’s nothing too crazy).

      4. 6 weeks in summer, 2 at Christmas, 2 for Easter, 1 week in October, Feb and May. So lots of short holidays but frequently so students and teachers don’t study / work for too long!

      5. English pop stars, especially those who have won X-factor etc, also American music is popular. A wide variety of music is popular in England with teenagers – rock, pop, indie…..

      6. Unfortunately, I don’t think K-pop is very popular….yet!

      7. I got about 20,000 won a week, but I had to help my Mum around the house for this! I also worked at a horse riding stables from 12 years old and got a bit of money from that.

      8. Join sports teams, take up a new hobby, use chat rooms.

      9. For boys I think footballer and girls probably pop star, presenter, actress! But maybe more seriously – lawyer, business man/woman.

      10. Football! Then rugby and cricket.

      11. A little, but unfortunately not all the great things about Korea, they only know about North Korea. I really think people around the world should know more than this!

      12. Christmas, I love the feeling for the whole of December, everyone is excited, all the decorations and music. Then I love Christmas week, just spending time with friends and family and eating!

      13. England is a really multicultural country and with this comes problems. These are worse in some areas than others (inner cities), I don’t think they are serious but there are still too many problems. Occasionally there are serious incidents – fights, murders and more frequently incidents such as discrimination.

      14. Teenagers probably party more than they should, especially after 15 years old!

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  10. joojjang
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 12:34:11

    Wow, the teens around the world live very differently from us!
    I sometimes wish to live like them.
    Other countries’ teenagers seems to live more freely!
    I envy them….

    Reply

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