teen from costa rica

Teen from Costa Rica



sibling engaged get along well
rent salon (2) free time
afford run (2) beauty salon
design drop out work out (2)
global serious all over the place
trash free (2) dream (2)





Video: Teen from Costa Rica



What’s your name?

My name is Sharon Pinelda Pamalis. I’m seventeen years old, and I live in Catalga, Costa Rica.

Do you have siblings?

I have three sisters and my mom and Cachi. I get along really well with them. One sister is engaged, and one lives in Pueblo Nuevo. It really makes me happy to be with my family.

And nothing makes me happier. When I’m away from them, I get sad. They’re what makes me happiest in life.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time, I like to watch TV or play with my sister. Sometimes I play football or listen to music.

What do you want to be when you’re older?

When I’m older, I’d like to open a beauty salon with my sister: we’d run it together — that’s my dream.

If that doesn’t work out, I’d like to design clothes.

I’d also like to have children with my boyfriend. And I want them to finish high school and not drop out like I did.

Then they could do something with their lives.

What do you think are the big global problems?

There are serious problems here: people leave trash all over the place. There isn’t enough money. Some people live on the street.

Others can only afford to rent a home. They don’t have enough money. And they suffer along with their children.

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1. Who is this person? What is her name? How old is she?

2. Sharon lives in Spain. True or false?

3. Does she have close family ties? Is she very close with her family?

4. In her free time, Sharon chats on Facebook and plays video games. Is this right or wrong?

5. Does she plan on going to university and becoming a doctor?

6. Does she want to have children? What does she want for her children?

7. Sharon thinks the global problems are slow internet and too many fast food restaurants. Is this correct or incorrect?


A. I have very close family relations. I have very close family ties. Yes or no?

B. What are your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?

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

D. I have met people from Costa Rica. Is this correct or wrong? If yes, who were they? What were they doing?

E. Describe the climate and geography of Costa Rica.

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

G. Does Costa Rica have any problems or challenges?

H. What’s the food of Costa Rica like? Describe the cuisine of Costa Rica.

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

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


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