canary islands

Cristina from El Hierro

Canary Islands

Cristina talks about her life in El Hierro.


earn opinion in my opinion
free (3) mistake swim/swam/swum
culture preserve make me happy
worry butterfly make it through
smile continue rise/rose/risen
at all favorite your own culture
pasta side (2) free time
expect keep on make it through
decide wonder





Hi. I’m Cristina. I’m 35 and I live in El Hierro.

What do you do for a living?

I work in tourism and I earn about 1,200 euros a month.

What does globalization mean to you?

In my opinion, globalization is a mistake. It has very good and very bad sides. I think it’s important that everyone preserves their own culture.

What makes you happy?

A lot of things — even when a butterfly flies by.

What worries you?

Some days I worry about making it through the month. Or I think about next year. And there are days I wonder if the sun will rise at all.

What is your favorite food?

I have so many favorite dishes, I cannot decide…. Pasta. Yes, pasta.

How do you spend your leisure time?

In my free time I take a lot of walks. I like to swim. I like the ocean and mountains.

What do you expect for your future?

I expect that I’ll continue to see the ocean when I get up. That way I can keep on smiling and being happy.

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1. Who is this person? What’s her name? Where is she from? How old is she?

2. What’s her job? What is her profession?

3. How does Cristina feel about globalization? Is she positive or negative towards globalization, or does she have mixed feelings?

4. Only one thing makes her happy. True or false?

5. She sometimes worries about money. Yes or no?

6. Does she only like pasta?

7. She likes to go to clubs, bars, discos. Is this correct or wrong?

8. What does she expect for her future?

A. Do you or your friends work in tourism?

B. Is tourism a major industry in your town, city, or country? What are some attraction?

C. Are you from the Canary Islands? Do you live in the Canary Islands? Have you ever been to the Canary Islands?

D. Have you met anyone from the Canary Islands? Who were they? What were they doing?

E. Describe the climate and geography of the Canaries.

F. Describe the economy of the Canary Islands. What does it import and export?

H. Does the Canaries have any problems or challenges?

H. What is the food of the Canaries like? Describe Canarian cuisine.

I. What are some tourists attractions (cultural, historical, natural)?

J. What comes to mind when you think of the Canary Islands? What do you associate with the Canaries?

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