A Painter in Athens

Georgos talks about art and globalization.


trace respect conviction
wish complete leave behind (2)
leave right (4) human/humanity
behind develop human rights
full thing (2) distribute
wealth express be a part of
half ashamed that’s not the way
hungry together get together
really clarinet interested/interesting
part way (2) globe/global
fair (3) exciting come together





My name is Georgos Xenos. I’ve been painting since I was a child out of conviction to leave behind a trace.

What does globalization mean to you?

I wish there were complete respect for human rights. A fair distribution of money and wealth. And full cultural expression.

But that’s not the way it is.

What’s your favorite food?

When half of humanity is going hungry, I’m ashamed to talk about what I like to eat.

How do you spend your leisure time?

I like to get together with young people, which I often do. I also like to listen to music and to play the clarinet.

Which country would you like to visit?

I’m really interested in Berlin because it’s a place where a lot of cultures come together, and exciting things develop. I want to be part of that.

Berlin is a global art center.

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1. Who is this person? What’s his name? Is he from Britain?

2. Georgos started painting when he attended an art academy when he grew up. True or false? Does he paint to make lots of money?

3. Regarding globalization, does he thing the world is perfect? Would he like to see changes? What does he support? What is he against?

4. Georgos’ favorite food is octopus and lobster. Is this correct, incorrect, or we don’t know?

5. What are his hobbies and pastimes?

6. Does he want to visit Las Vegas and Miami? He would like to travel to . . . . . because . . . . . .

7. Name some things and activities from the video.
A. Do you or your friends, classmates, colleagues, neighbors paint or do any type of artwork?

B. Are there any problems in the world? What are some problems and solutions?

C. Are you from Greece? Do you live in Greece? Have you ever been to Greece?

D. Have you met anyone from Greece? Who were they? What were they doing?

E. Describe the climate and geography of Greece.

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

G. Does Greece have any problems or challenges?

H. What is the food of Greece like? Describe Greek cuisine.

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

J. What comes to mind when you think of Greece? What do you associate with Greece?


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