A Doctor in Linköping

Wolfran talks about globalization.


earn essential opportunity
certain demand to a certain extent
see (2) meet (2) country (2)
to me wonder advancement
regard deal (2) change (2)
rather prepared carbon dioxide (CO2)
way reserves challenges
threat I’d like to get to know
seem pleasingly cooperation
exotic for a while chance (2)
period first hand get to know





My name is Wolfram Antepohl. I’m forty years old. I live in Linköping in Sweden.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a doctor at the university hospital in Linköping, and I earn about 60,000 krona a month, which comes to about 6,000 euros.

What does globalization mean to you?

To me it means the opportunity to work in another country. To a certain extent, I also see it as a threat, but basically I’d rather see it as an opportunity, as a chance for international cooperation and a chance for advancement.

What worries you?

My main worry concerns problems with regards to the climate, environmental pollution and how to deal with energy reserves. How can I demand that people in China and India produce less carbon dioxide than I do, when I’m not prepared to change the way I live?

What makes you happy?

What makes me happy is being with my family, with my children, my wife, my friends. Challenges make me happy. Challenges that I can meet.

Which country would you like to visit?

I’d like to get to know New Zealand because it’s far away, it’s different and it seems pleasingly exotic to me. But not too exotic.

What do you expect for your future?

I’m wondering if we should move back to Germany for a while, not because it’s essential but because my children can get to know German culture first hand, over a longer period of time.

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1. Who is this person? How old is he? Where does he live?

2. Wolfram is a computer engineer. True or false? What is his job or profession?

3. Does he say what his salary or monthly income is? How much does he earn?

4. Regarding globalization, is Wolfram positive, negative, both, neither or in the middle?

5. Is he worried about money?

6. Sports cars and partying makes him happy. Is this right or wrong?

7. Does he want to visit Thailand and Paraguay? He would like to visit . . . . . . because . . . . .

8. He was born in Sweden. Is this correct or incorrect? What might he do in the future?

A. Is medicine a prestigious profession in your country?

B. Are your friends and colleagues concerned about the environment?

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

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

E. Describe the climate and geography of Sweden.

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

G. Does Sweden have any problems or challenges?

H. What is the food of Sweden like? Describe Swedish cuisine.

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

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


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