A Hairdresser in Rio



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My name is Marcus Vinicius. I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and I’m 25 years old.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a hairdresser. It’s the best job in the world.

What does globalization mean to you?

To me it means a lack of community among peoples. We are really getting closer. There’s too little solidarity; too many wars. I associate all that with globalization.

What worries you?

I’m most concerned about the violence in my country: the robberies and the poverty I witness on the street on my way home. Everywhere you look there is so much poverty. That’s what worries me.

What makes you happy?

Getting up in the morning and going to work. Coming home safely and being with my family.

Which country would you like to visit?

The USA is a good country. I would…no…I *will* get to know it. It’s the number one country in the world. Las Vegas — I’d go there.

What do you expect for your future?

I want to set up my own business, have my own haridressing salon. I’m not unhappy here, but it’s best to work for yourself.


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1/2. Who is this person? What’s his name? Where does he live? How old is he?

1/3. What’s his profession or occupation?

1/4. Does Marcus feel positive or negative towards globalization? Why does he feel this way?

1/10. His finances (money situation) worried him. Is this right or wrong? What worries him?

1/100. Football . . . money . . . fast cars makes Marcus happy. True or false?

2/3. Does he want to visit Iceland? He would like to visit . . . . . . because . . . . . . . .

2/5. What is Marcus’s goal or ambition?

3/5. Who is your barber or hairdresser? Do you visit the same hairdresser or do you see different ones?

3/10. Would you like to work for yourself? Would you like to own your own business? If yes, in which business?

4/5. Are you from Brazil? Do you live in Rio de Janeiro? Have you ever been to Brazil?

5/6. Have you met people from Brazil? Who were they? What were they doing?

5/8. Describe the climate and geography of Rio.

7/8. Describe the economy of Brazil. What does it import and export?

7/10. What are some problems or challenges facing Brazil?

8/100. What is Brazilian food like? Describe Brazilian cuisine.

9/10. What are some tourist attractions (cultural, historic, natural)?

What comes to mind when you think of Brazil? What do you associate with Brazil?


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