Chatterbox #95 – Interviewing Pamela

Recently our friend Pam visited us at Culips, so we took the opportunity to interview her. Pam grew up mostly in Montreal, with a short stay in Saudi Arabia as a child. She speaks English, French, and German, and is currently doing her master’s degree. In this interview, Maura asks Pam about all these experiences and more! Listen in if you’re interested in learning languages and travelling. We know you are!


Expressions included in the learning materials

  • My dear friend
  • A master’s (degree)
  • Winter biking
  • A compound
  • Flora
  • Squash
  • That does sound really cool
  • Musta
  • To leave an impression on someone
  • A tease
  • Concordia University and the Simone de Beauvoir Institute

Sample transcript


Maura: And what do you remember from that time? I know it was a long time ago now, but what are some of the things that you remember as being different or foreign to you, even at a really young age? Can you remember anything?
Pam: Well, to think back, some memories that I have from Saudi Arabia, keeping in mind that they are childhood memories… I was there from six to ten, so maybe the things I am still fond of in my mind now would probably be different if I went back. But one of the things I remember being very different was the flora—the trees and plants—because it’s a desert region, so there certainly isn’t the same kind of vegetation that we have here in Canada. But one thing that was very prevalent around the compound that we were living in was date trees, which are very, very tall trees, very abundant trees, where you could just go every day and pick dates up off the ground.
Maura: Wow! That does sound really cool. I don’t think I have ever seen a date tree. They musta been really good directly from the tree.

Podcast/Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast, Photo ©Culips