Stillwater Junior High School – Oikango Combined School Cultural Exchange Spring 2013

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In March 2013, Ms. Damon had the opportunity to travel to Namibia with an organization called One World Classrooms and visit four schools in different regions of Namibia.  One of those schools was Oikango Combined School where our host teacher was WorldTeach volunteer Ms. Abby Jamiel.  This blog is an opportunity for the students of Ms. Damon and Ms. Jamiel to provide an introduction to American and Namibian culture for each other.

During the week of May 20th, Ms. Damon’s AP Human Geography students will work in small groups to post descriptions of key elements of American culture.  During the week of May 27th, Oikango Combined students will view these posts, make comments, and in return, post their own descriptions for Ms. Damon’s students to comment on.

We hope you find this opportunity enjoyable and educational!

Hour 1 - Kyle, Parker, Robbie and Matt

Hour 1 - Sam, Adam, Alan and Ryan

Hour 1 - Anya, Maddie and Calli

Hour 1 - Allison and Wesley

Hour 1 - Devin, Thiago and Kjell

Hour 1 - Natalie, Claire and Mary

Hour 1 - Shengfue, Kassie and Brenna

Hour 4 - Alyssa, Torrey and MacKenzie

Hour 4 - Sam, Gavin and Eli

Hour 4 - Ashlyn, Jocelyn and Hannah

 

Hour 4 - Teresa, Cela and Ellie

Hour 4 - Caitlin, Maddy and Abby

Hour 4 - Cassie, Emma and Grace

Hour 4 - Robert, Jimmy and Wyatt

Hour 4 - Emma, Paige and Ellie

Hour 6 - Joey, Stephen and Harrison

Hour 6 - Lars and Luke

Hour 6 - Connor, Thomas and Forbes

Hour 6 - Alydia and Gina

Hour 6 - Adam, Jonah and Cannon

Hour 6 - Brooke and Aly

Hour 6 - Matt, Holden and Tanner

Hour 6 - Annika, Olivia and Annabelle

Hour 6 - Katie, Emily and Ben

Hour 6 - Adam, Giorgi and Isabel

Apolles and Emily

Ritta and Hilma

Silas and Kollen

Christina and Kollen

Helen and Fransina

Jason and Abner

Josephine and Natlia

Julia and Hileni

Leena

Magdalena and Agatha

Mirjam

Olivia and Kornelius

 

68 thoughts on “Stillwater Junior High School – Oikango Combined School Cultural Exchange Spring 2013

  1. Ndathika and Mirjam: We want to know how you vote in America. We also want to know at which age your guys drink alcohol. In Namibia, we are not allowed to drink alcohol under the age of 18. We want to know what do you eat with? In Namibia we eat with our hands. In Namibia we use the Namibian dollar (N$). what money do you use? You guys are so interesting we would like to be in America to come and visit you guys.

  2. Ritta and Hilmah: Do you like studying in noisy environments? Do you play music when you are studying? Reply to ask us more questions. We enjoy chatting with you.

  3. Johannes and Tuhafeni: How do you guys organize your classes? Do you have RLCs and class captains? (They are like 2 student leaders from each grade and one captain in charge of each class.)

  4. Hour 6 – Media – Lars and Luke

    Teens in the U.S. use a lot of media in their day to day lives. Some are constantly on some sort of electronic device, whether it’s a TV, smartphone or a computer. Teens are almost always up to date on social media such as Facebook and YouTube. They are probably the most common form of media that teenagers use very often. TV shows and movies also make up a lot of a common teen’s life. Teens commonly will go see movies at a movie theater with friends or they will stay at home and watch something on TV or Netflix, a website that allows you to watch TV shows and movies instantly as long as you have an internet connection. Music is a huge part in a teen’s life. Teens are always listening to the newest and most popular music. A common type of music is rap music or pop.

  5. Hour 4 – Slang – Jocelynn, Hannah and Ashlyn

    Every culture has their own slang and saying. Who creates slang? You really don’t know who started slang. Sometimes you hear people say something totally different. Then you find yourself saying it. Who uses what slang in the U.S.? It depends where you live. Californians that live close to the beach say, “surf’s up” while people from Texas might say, “down yonder”. How does slang spread? People just start saying their slang then other people hear it. Then they start using it. They they post it online.

    1. Jock – sporty person
    2. YOLO – you only live once
    3. OMG – oh my God
    4. LOL – laugh out loud
    5. Look up – date, meeting
    6. Epic fail – embarrassing moment
    7. Bro – friend
    8. Swag – coolness
    9. Whatever – saying to show you don’t care but you do

  6. Hour 6 – Education System – Connor, Thomas and Forbes

    Schools in the U.S. consist of very complex systems. Grades kindergarten through 12th grade can be divided into three different buildings. The youngest school is K-6 and is called an elementary school. The second level is a junior high which is grades 7-9 or there is a middle school that is 7-8. The high school is either grades 9-12 or 10-12.

    After high school most children go to college. College is usually 2-4 years. After college, people have the opportunity to go to graduate school to earn a higher degree such as Master’s. The higher the degree, the higher paying jobs are available.

    Leaders of the school rank from the highest being the district superintendent to the lowest being the Vice Principal. The superintendent has control over multiple schools while the Principal only controls their school, and the Vice Principals mostly deal with kids.

  7. Hour 1 – Holidays – Shengfue, Kassie and Brenna

    There are many big days in America designated for having fun and throwing parties. One of the most widely celebrated holidays is Halloween.

    Halloween, October 31st, is the scariest day of the year, with people running around dressed in creepy costumes and little kids out collecting candy with a greeting of “Trick or Treat!” But where did it all begin, and how did Halloween come to the U.S.? Halloween began 2000 years ago as a Celtic festival marking the end of summer harvest and the coming of the cold and dark winter. The Celts believed that on this day the boundary between the living and the dead became blurred, and the ghosts of the dead returned to Earth. During the festivals, people would make sacrifices and dress in costumes, trying to guess each other’s fortune. Halloween began diffusing throughout Europe, and came to America when colonization began. Many migrants moved in, bringing their tradition with them. Over time, an American version of Halloween began to emerge, marked by parties wheer people would tell spooky stories, dance and sing and tell each other’s fortunes. Now, Halloween is a time Americans spend dressing up in costume and going door to door asking for candy. This is known as trick or treating, and many kids love going around and receiving sweets. We also carve pumpkins to create jack o’lanterns, putting creepy faces on the front and then setting a candle inside of them at night so they shine in the dark. For both the scared and the scary, this is a fun holiday for all.

  8. Hour 1 – Clothing – Claire, Natalie and Mary

    Children and teens in America wear a variety of clothing for certain occasions. At school, attire usually consists of anything for boys, from jeans to basketball shorts. Boys typically dress for comfort or to support their favorite sports teams. Girls wear a much wider variety of clothing, from colored pants and shorts, denim shorts and tall boots to just a sweatshirt and jeans. Girls can dress to impress or just to feel comfortable to take a test.

    For school, most people are more concerned about how they look than comfit. Outside of school comfort is the main priority. Girls have a more relaxed look, wearing sweatshirts and Ugg boots. Boys tend to have a similar style outside of school, wearing t-shirts with sweatpants, jeans or athletic shorts.

    For formal occasions, children and teens in America wear very different things than at school or for comfort. At formal occasions, looking nice and presentable is most important. Girls typically wear dresses and skirts with nice shirts, flats or boots. Boys typically wear nice dress shirts, dress pants and sometimes a tie, with nice dress shoes. Boys typically wear their shirts tucked in to their pants with a belt. A lot of the skirts and dresses have lace on them, or are completely made of lace with an underslip.

  9. Hour 6 – Music and Dance – Brooke and Aly

    Overall, there are three main genres of music that American teenagers listen to. The first genre is called Pop, which includes the subcategory of Rap music. Some popular artists include Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons, and Eminem. Suit and Tie, Grenade, It’s Time, and Not Afraid are the titles of some songs of the artists listed above. The second genre is called Rock. Although this category has become not as popular over time, it is still enjoyed by a broad amount of people in America. Maroon 5, Train, Ed Sheeran, and Coldplay are some musicians that belong in the subcategory of “soft rock”. This means that their songs such as This Love, Drops of Jupiter, A-Team, and Viva la Vida are not as extreme as hard metal songs, but they are still considered rock. The third largest category is called Country music. This category is also not as popular as Pop or Rap. However, many people with either a country background or preference favor and listen to this type of music over other categories. There are many musicians in this category, but some of the most popular artists include Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and Jason Aldean. Beat This Summer, Blown Away, and They Only Way I Know are three songs that are big hits of the three popular artists listed above. In our culture, dance is considered an extracurricular activity, which means we have to pay for classes if we want to dance professionally.

    • Even in Namibia we do listen to America music, especially teenagers. On my side, I like Pop and Rap music. Some popular artists include Nicki Manaj, Bruno, Owl Mas, and Eminem…This means that songs such as “Nick,” “Pound the Alarm,” “Good Time” are also popular.

      Hey guys, can you plzz send me a music video from Justin Timberlake on You Tube? I really want to know more about his music.

      -Leena

  10. Hour 6 – Hobbies – Alydia and Gina

    In America many different hobbies that don’t involve sports are available. One very large category of hobbies is art. It may be just drawing, otherwise it could be sewing, sculpting or bracelet braiding. A different hobby is reading. It could be reading traditional books like Harry Potter or Twilight, or it could be Japanese comic books called Manga. Another type of hobby could be playing an instrument, both of us play the flute. Then lastly, there is the ever popular hobby of shopping. We, specifically, are not the biggest on shopping, but for other girls our age it is a major entertainment. Be it in the mall, online, or downtown, people love to shop. With so many different kids of hobbies, every day is made to be interesting!

  11. Hour 6 – Sports – Stephen, Harrison and Joey

    In the U.S., school sports for boys are hockey, football, baseball and basketball. Football is different from futbol, having little to do with kicking and feet. Basketball is played by shooting a ball into a basket at ten feet or 3.35 meters. Baseball is more complicated. The pitcher throws and the batter hits and runs the bases. The most played sport in our region is hockey, played on ice. The two teams use sticks to pass a puck so they can score. The rules are complicated, but all sports offered are amusing and fun to play.

    The most common thing watched on TV is college level and pro sports. Pro athletes get paid millions to play the sports they love and are best at. Some of the most important events in America are the championship games such as the Stanley Cup (hockey), Super Bowl (football) and World Series (baseball). A very fun things to do with your family is to watch the game live at the field with tens of thousands of people. Sports players are some of the most well known celebrities in America, becoming national icons.

  12. Hour 1 – Hobbies – Devin, Thiago and Kjell

    American teenagers enjoy many activities. We enjoy many outdoor sports such as fishing, running and hunting. We have many different fish such as walleye, which are very tasty, and catfish, who actually have whiskers like a cat! We have a band, orchestra and choir at our school. We have competed in many competitions this year and done really well. We also have a theater group at our school and they put on musicals and shows. We also enjoy video games. A popular video game is Minecraft. In this game you survive in a world and build things, and at night you fight off monsters. We hope you have learned from our blog post, and we hope to learn something from you!

  13. Hour 1 – Teenage Slang – Calli, Anya and Maddie

    YOLO stands for You Only Live Once. We typically use this slang with our friends. It is very popular to say and it’s even on t-shirts. LOL means laugh out loud. It is used when talking to friends, but usually only while texting each other. We say this when someone says something funny. “Sick nasty” means super cool. It is not used a lot but it is used while talking to your friends.

    • At Oikango Combined School children and teens use funny words. We use “PISSSSS” when you want to greet someone and he or she is far from you. We also use “LOL,” Lots of Laugh. We like your post guys.

      -Ndathika and Mirjam

    • Yeah I must say, YOLO means something is very funny. Here in Namibia, YOLO means “laugh.” But I find it interesting coz it means something different here and there. “Lots of Love” or “Lucefill Our Lord” is the meaning of LOL in Namibia. I’ve never heard of “Laugh Out Loud.” It’s not really like Lucefil is our Lord in reality, no ways. Have you ever heard of this proverb?

      “No matter how long a log stays in water, it will never become a crocodile.” This simply means you will always be who you are no matter how hard you try to fake your personality.

      Send us more proverbs out there coz this one is an African one.

      -Apolles and Emily

  14. Hour 1 – Media – Ryan, Adam, Sam and Alan

    As far as media goes, most American spend much of their free time on the Internet. We access media through things like TV, computers, phones and radios. We mostly use media to stay connected but also to do research and learn about things. We use sites like YouTube to watch videos and listen to music. We also spend time playing games. Facebook and e-mail allow us to connect to people that we don’t always see on a regular basis. Many American kids spend most of their free time using social media.

    • In Namibia, even we spend our time on the Internet. We communicate using Facebook and e-mail. Most of our friends are on Facebook which is a good thing. We also spend our free time on studying and playing with our friends. But we spend less time on the Internet than Americans. Sometimes it will be difficult to communicate with our friends on Facebook or Twitter.

      -Axe and Johannas

  15. Hour 6 – Typical School Day – Olivia, Annika and Annabelle

    The typical school day starts with a wake-up around 6:30 a.m. Most students will get ready and catch a ride on a school bus. The students that don’t ride a bus either walk or have their parents drive them to school. Our 6 1/2 hour school day starts at 7:50 a.m. with Advisory where we will finish homework, read, check our grades or just hang out with friends. Once Advisory is done at 8:10 a.m we have five minutes to stop at our locker, grab our books and notebooks and get to our first hour class. We have six periods that last about 50 minutes. Every student has to take some kind of math, science, English and social studies. For our other classes we have two electives and can choose to take world language (Spanish or French), art, music (choir, band or orchestra), gym (physical education) or health. Between our 4th and 5th hour periods we have lunch. We arrive at the cafeteria and line up and wait in line to buy food. The meals cost about $2.50. Some people bring cold lunches that they have made at home. We eat for about 20 minutes, then we go to our 5th hour class. When school is released at 2:20 p.m. students can take an activity bus to the high school where they can participate in sports or other extracurricular activities. If they don’t go to the high school they probably take the bus home or walk home where they do their homework, hang out with friends or partake in out-of-school activities.

    • I am Christiana and my friend is Kollen. We are schooling at Oikango Combined School in Grade 10. Your post is very interesting to read. Our school starts at 8:00am and closes at 14:40pm.

      -Christiana and Kollen

    • We like your post girls. I am also Olivia and my friend is “Papa” in Grade 10 at Oikango Combined School. Your post is very nice to read. My friend and I love your post because you even put when your typical school day starts and how you come to school. Your school hour starts at 7:30am with Advisory where you finish homework, read, check your grades, or just hang out with friends. Every Monday and Friday we start our day at 7:45am with a morning assembly, the other days we start at 8:00am with our first class. We also bring cold lunches that we made at home too. We also study Math, Physical Science, Geography, and English, but we also study Entrepreneurship and many others. We don’t do Social Studies. We love you all.

      -Olivia and Popa

  16. Hour 6 – Body Adornment – Isabel, Giorgi and Adam

    In our school it is common for girls to have long hair. Most girls spend a long time in the morning either straightening, curling or styling. It is common to accessorize the hair as well with head bands, hair clips and ribbons. Boys usually have short hair. They don’t spend much time styling. Often times boys have their hair cut shorter during sport seasons.

    Kids in our school aren’t required to wear uniforms. This allows for a wide variety of styles. Boys normally stick to athletic wear and sneakers. Girls vary a lot. When walking down the halls you may see girls wearing skirts, pants, shorts, or sweatpants. Most girls and boys find a form of expression through appearance.

    Lastly, our faces. Starting from the girl’s side, girls wear this thing called “make-up”. It is a material that they put on their faces that make their skin look clear and even. They also wear jewelry and piercings such as bracelets and earrings. Guys don’t do any of that. They just have to shave their face once in awhile. And lastly, glasses and braces. Glasses are an accessory that go over your eyes and improve your vision. Braces are a material that go on your teeth to help straighten them out.

    • I am interested in your body adornment because they look so great and it’s awesome. I like the way girls keep their hair style and how you make yourselves more beautiful. In Namibia, we always keep our hair straight and we wear our traditional clothing.

      -Secilia

  17. Hour 6 – Vacations – Cannon, Adam and Jonah

    Vacations differ from country to country and family to family. Here in the U.S.A., we leave our homes and go to new places we haven’t been before. We can travel by car or plane depending on the distance. While on vacation, we take time off work or school to relax and not worry about what we have to do. Sometimes we will visit our friends and families who live out of state A lot of times, we will fly to places that are warmer because we may have time off when it is cold out. On summer break, we enjoy summer activities like biking, swimming and kayaking.

  18. Hour 6 – Clothing – Holden, Tanner and Matt

    To school people wear t-shirts and shorts. Girls wear shorter shorts than boys. when it gets colder, people wear blue jeans or sweatpants. Outside of school people mostly wear the same thing, but they are a little more casual. In the summer boys may wear mostly basketball shorts and t-shirts and girls wear short shorts and t-shirts. Both girls and boys mostly wear sandals or flip-flops. When kids go to special events they dress differently from everyday activities such as school. When we go out to restaurants we dress nicely with button up shirts, ties and pleated pants. When we go to sporting events we wear clothes that show our support for our team that we are cheering for. When we go to work we wear the shirts that show the company that we are working for.

  19. Hour 6 – American Foods – Emily, Katie and Ben

    In America we use a variety of foods for different occasions. For special occasions we eat special foods with different touches for different families. For example, for Thanksgiving, where we celebrate the first European settlers that survived, we eat turkey, rolls, green bean casserole, different kinds of potatoes and for dessert, we have pecan, pumpkin and apple pie.

    For lunch or a smaller meal, we eat school lunch or bring a lunch from home. We might bring a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit, chips and a cookie. We don’t eat school lunches because they are sketchy.

    A special thing we do is barbecue because once our super long winters are done we want to spend as much time as possible outside. We use a grill to cook hot dogs, hamburgers and ribs. For side dishes we eat corn on the cob, potato salad and various kind of pie like apple and strawberry.

    • In Namibia we have a variety of food. For example, traditional bread, porridge, and traditional cabbage and we usually drink oshikundu, as it is our most favorite drink in Namibia. Most Namibians get their food from fields (e.g beans, pumpkins, and ground nuts.)

      What are some special foods used during birthday occasions?

      -Losalia and Paulus

      • It was so cool to hear back from you! For our birthday we usually eat cake and ice cream. Our cake is less dense than bread and very sweet. It is usually vanilla or chocolate with lots of frosting. Whose ever birthday it is gets to pick their favorite food to eat for dinner usually.

        In Minnesota, we are unique, and call our soft drinks “pop”. In some other U.S. states, they call it soda or Coke. We think your names are really cool!

    • In Namibia we have got different types of food such as pap (porridge) that is a staple food for most of people in Namibia. We got also some traditional fruits like berries, palm, jackal berries, and many more. We eat different types of food at different occasions, like in death ceremonies we only eat potatoes with meat (beef). At wedding ceremonies we eat potato salad, macaroni salad, soft drinks, beef, and many more things.

      - Helen and Fransina

    • We in Namibia, we can’t choose food of our own choice. We can only eat food that was provided by our parent. Every week you just eat one kind of food. We just eat two times in the day. We like traditional food, especially from our culture. Examples of food we eat: traditional bread, paps, red beans.

      -Jason and Abner

  20. Hour 6 – Teenage Slang – Jayme, Tim and Lexi

    Teenagers in the U.S. use slang for a variety of different meanings. Some common slang adjectives include sick, dirty, sketchy and whipped. Sick and dirty can be used to describe something that is really awesome. “Sick” does not mean to be unhealthy and “dirty” does not actually mean something that is physically dirty. Something that is “sketchy” could be potentially dangerous. A strange situation would be “sketchy”. Only guys can be “whipped”. This means they are controlled by a female, typically a girlfriend. Swag and photobomb are slang words used by teenagers that are nouns. Someone that has “swag” is cool. When a person is caught in the back of a picture doing something strange, they have made a “photobomb”. Yolo, come at me bro and nailed it are slang phrases used by teens in the U.S. “YOLO” is an acronym standing for “You Only Live Once”. YOLO is typically associated with stupid decisions. “Come at me bro” is a provocative phrase. “Nailed it” is used when you do something perfectly.

    • Teenagers in Namibia use slang for a variety of different meanings. Some common slang adjectives include “sick,” “dirty,” and “sketchy” also.

      -Christiana and Kollen

  21. Hour 4 – Music and Dance – Maddy, Abby and Caitlin

    The three main types of music and dance trending in the U.S. right now are country, pop and rap. Some popular country groups are Florida Georgia Line (Cruise, Shine On), Jason Aldean (Take A Little Ride), Blake Shelton (Boys ‘Round Here) and Hunter Hayes (Wanted). The most popular pop arts are Sara Bareilles (King of Anything), Beyonce (Grown Woman, Single Ladies), Harlem Shake (dance/song), and Taylor Swift (22, I Knew You Were Trouble). Now teens are into rap like Macklemore (Can’t Hold Us and We Danced), and Lil Wayne (Right Above It, Knock Out).

    • Here in Namibia we have various musicians like Jerico, The Dogg, Gazza, PDK, Tate Buti, and many more. They produce enjoyable music. We dance Kwaito while girls dance very stylishly and it’s really cool. Back to traditions, we play and dance “enghamadishikangala,” which is done when celebrating a traditional day where people eat pops (porridge) with “ombidi” (traditional spinach).

  22. Hour 4 – Body Adornment – Emma, Ellie and Paige

    Girls usually wear make-up everyday. Some wear more than others. Some girls pack it on, wearing mascara, eyeshadow, eyeliner, etc, while some just wear mascara. We also have stuff to put on our faces to cover blemishes and such. We style our hair every day. We curl it, straighten it, or when it’s wet we blow dry it. We also put it in buns or ponytails when we are lazy. We really care about what our hair looks like all the time, it has to be perfect. Girls typically have long hair and sometimes we highlight or dye it.

    Most girls and women have their ears pierced at least once on each lobe. Some have up to six or more on one ear going up to the cartilage. We wear different types of earrings like dangles that hang past the ear, studs that sit on the ear lobe, and cuffs that wrap around the ear depending on the occasion or your outfit. When you turn 18, some people go get tattoos, usually small ones with lots of meaning. Girls like to wear rings, usually just one or two on one hand.

    Boys usually don’t do as much as girls do. Most boys don’t do anything with their hair or face, but some boys use gel in their hair to style it. Also some have one pierced ear or both. Boys rarely ever dress up for school either. They usually wear sweat pants or athletic shorts with a t-shirt.

  23. Hour 4 – Sports – Eli, Gavin and Sam

    Sports are one of the biggest parts of our culture in America. Without a doubt the biggest sport here is American football. Unlike football for the rest of the world (which we call soccer), you can use your hands to throw or carry the ball down the field past the other team. In America people follow their favorite professional and college teams and many people nearly worship their team. The biggest television event in America every year is the Super Bowl where the two top professional teams face off as almost everyone watches on TV. If you don’t watch, people assume that you are a weirdo! We also take it ridiculously seriously. If people’s favorite team loses, people will mope for weeks and fights break out between fans of opposing teams over any sport. People will harass the players from teams they don’t like. Most of the sports people watch are professional, but college sports are big too. We have multiple levels of sports with high school and club sport when you are young, and if you’re good enough when you’re older you can play in college. If you are really good, you can go on to be a professional.

  24. Hour 4 – Media – Torrey, MacKenzie and Alyssa

    American media is mostly made up of anything that provides entertainment for people. The top viewed shows on TV mainly consist of talent shows that incorporate the audience. Examples of these types of shows are American Idol, America’s Got Talent, The X Factor and The Voice.

    Besides television shows a lot of entertainment is found on YouTube. A lot of people have become famous from YouTube because of the amount of viewers they have. Some of the big YouTube bloggers are Jenna Marbles, Kingsley, Tyler Oakley and More. YouTube also has a lot of music that you can listen to for free.

    The most widely used source of media entertainment is probably music. Music is found everywhere on TV shows, in stores, advertisements and more. Everyone has their own mix of music they enjoy and talk about. It is incorporated into everyone’s daily life.

    • Here in Namibia we spend our time just watching TV and listening to radios. We mostly use phones to chat with our friends. We use laptops to do research and learn more about the world.

      Do you read magazines and newspapers?

      Here in Namibia many people are familiar with magazines and newspapers.

      -Julia and Hileni

  25. Hour 4 – Hobbies – Robert, Wyatt and Jimmy

    Our most time consuming activities are technologic, and mainly consist of video games and YouTube. We play video games such as Mario, Pokemon and Zelda to pass our time. YouTube is a site where people make and share videos. These videos range from silly entertainment to scientific videos, like the upload Vsauce. YouTube can be a very useful learning tool.

    A lot of our leisure time is spent listening to music. We use iPods to store and listen to music. We also use the Internet to listen to music channels such as Pandora and Spotify. They choose songs to listen to for us so we don’t have to. We also listen to different radio channels, which have specific genres. Music makes boring things more enjoyable.

    A great way to relax on a hot day is to go swimming. Usually we use a pool nearby. If we don’t have a pool, we go to the beach, where a lot of other people go to cool down.

    • We usually spend most of our leisure time visiting fun places in our country-especially Parks and Lodges. We mostly spend our boring days in a nearby Park (Bennie’s Entertainment Park and Lodge). It is a very beautiful place and can storm up someone’s brain and make the day more enjoyable. We actually stay there playing, taking pictures, and swimming. It’s so marvelous and we wish you could be here so we could spend the day with you.

      -Ritta and Hilmah

    • I like your post, it is short and sweet. I would like to ask you guys to tell me the coolest car game. I like your video games because I played one of them, like Super Mario, but I am tired of it. Send me the coolest game title ever and I am gonna be thankful to you and God will bless you. Send it ASAP.

      -Ndathika

    • We love music! If you don’t know how to talk, you still how to sing. We are interested in videos and games, and listening to music on YouTube. We used to play “Need for Speed,” “Most Wanted,” and “Pacman” on PlayStations.

      -Donita and Mathias

    • These are exactly the same things we do in Namibia. Spending our leisure time in like our daily bread. We have taken music as the only solution to boredom. Taking or squandering our time listening to music is a way to hook ourselves up! But it’s a bit risky to keep on playing games as this many drive you delirious and is sometimes harmful to the human eyes!

      -David and Hilaria

  26. Hour 4 – Typical School Day – Emma, Cassie and Grace

    Three important topics about the typical American school day are: the schedule, lunch and recess time, and after-school activities. First, our school starts at 7:50 AM and ends at 2:20 PM. We have six 55-minute class periods within 5 minute passing times between periods. We have a 20-minute Advisory period every morning and a 25-minute lunch. At lunch we can either bring a lunch from home or buy a hot lunch at school. We have both circular tables and long tables in our cafeteria. In elementary schools (Grades Kindergarten through 6), we have recess before or after lunch, which is a time to play outside. Finally, after school, most students participate in after-school activities. These are usually sports or music lessons. If a student participates in a school sport they usually have an opportunity to “letter”, which is a recognition of excellence and/or dedication to their sports. In conclusion, the typical American school day is exhausting yet fun.

    • We actually like your school, as it starts early. Here we start at 8:00 am and each lesson takes 40 minutes and we have 9 lessons. We also take lunch from homes or buy fat cakes at school. We usually have afternoon study. We have circular tables and long tables in our classes. Finally, after school most students participate in some sport, especially netball or soccer or traditional culture.

      - Toini, Josephine, Natalia

  27. Hour 4 – Clothing – Ellie, Teresa and Cela

    Clothes are a very important part of our culture. Many people care about the way they look and spend a lot of time and money shopping for clothes in malls and stores. During the middle half of our year, we wear summer clothes. In spring and summer, we wear shorts, t-shirts, tank tops and flip-flops. Our winter is much colder than yours and we have to wear many layers just to stay warm. In the fall and winter we wear jeans, sweatshirts, boots, jackets, hats, mittens and scarves. Most kids in the U.S. don’t have to wear uniforms to school. The only kids who are required to wear uniforms are the ones who go to private schools. In public schools, we have a dress code, which is basically guidelines, but we have the freedom to wear whatever we want within the limits.

    • Wow, so great to hear! We also do the same as you. We also wear clothes that suit a season. Our winter is not that much colder, we usually wear a winter jacket and boots in the morning. Day time is usually hot even though it’s winter.

      -Ritta and Hilmah

  28. Hour 1 – Sports – Kyle, Matt, Parker & Robbie

    In the U.S. we have a wide variety of sports. The seasons decide which sports Americans are playing. In the winter, hockey is a commonly played sport. In the summer, Americans like to play lacrosse, soccer, football, baseball, softball and volleyball. Aside from team sports, there are also individual sports. Americans enjoy golf and tennis, and also play these in the summer. All of the sports mentioned are offered through the school systems. The school hold try-outs and select different people for different teams. The best athletes play Varsity and the rest of the athletes play Junior Varsity or at a recreational level.

  29. Hour 1 – Music – Allison and Wesley

    Kids in the U.S. listen to several different genres of music such as pop, rap and rock. Pop has many famous artists that are well known around the globe. Some examples are One Direction, Justin Bieber and Rihanna. Their hit songs include What Makes You Beautiful, Boyfriend and We Found Love. Other students enjoy listening to rap. Lil Wayne, Eminem and Nicki Minaj would be a few examples of rap artists. Their popular songs would be Now To Love, Stan and Superbass. Many people also listen to rock from artists such as Green Day, Fall Out Boy and All-American Rejects. Some of their well-known songs are Holiday, Light ‘Em Up and Dirty Little Secrets.

    • Kids in Namibia listen to several different genres of music such as Kwaito, Hip-Hop, Kizomba, and many more. Kwaito has many famous artists that are well known around the country and the whole continent of Africa. Some examples are The Dogg, Gazza, and others.

      -Agattha and Magdalena

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