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English Conversations with Cliff LMA004, BARBARA w CLIFF #4.1

BARBARA w CLIFF #4.1

Today we talked about gratitude, and the very first thing that you said was you were grateful for was to live in Slovenia. You said that Slovenia's got a good standard of living and a great environment, and you've been trying to tell your children about this for quite some time. You said the politics are awful, which is probably true in a lot of places, and you also mentioned that the economics have slipped a little recently. I would say that in light of covid that's probably true worldwide. Still, Slovenia has clean wilderness. It's got clean drinking water. You said things are small which, is good in your mind, and that the food is produced locally. Everybody has a small garden, and those few people who don't have a small garden because of the landscape that they live on, probably have friends or nearby neighbors who do and can help provide for local food. That sounds really great, by the way. I love the sound of that. You also mentioned that Slovenia is safe. People can walk around in the middle of the night without any kind of threat. Women can work everywhere. You mentioned that there are differences in salary, but think that that's that way everywhere, and I'm inclined to agree. But despite the differences in salary, women have all the same opportunities as men. Slovenians have freedom of speech, and their working hours are reasonable. Most people work eight to five. Not too many people work second shift. You said that not too long ago you had a colleague who went to California and he talked to you about how the competition and the hours were crazy. Competition was was crazy and the hours were really long, and then we had a side discussion about what my experience in the workforce is like in this country. And I was inclined to agree with your colleague. I don't have it all that bad. My hours are usually pretty close to that, and certainly more recently the competition is not anywhere near as bad with the Great Resignation, which you told me had, according to an article you read, started in China. With so many people electing to leave the workforce and not come back suddenly things had shifted a little bit, and it was the employers who were scrambling to get employees, not employees scrambling to get jobs. But all in all you paint a lovely picture of your country and I can see very much why you would be grateful to live there.



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BARBARA w CLIFF #4.1

Today we talked about gratitude, and the very first thing that you said was you were grateful for was to live in Slovenia. You said that Slovenia's got a good standard of living and a great environment, and you've been trying to tell your children about this for quite some time. You said the politics are awful, which is probably true in a lot of places, and you also mentioned that the economics have slipped a little recently. I would say that in light of covid that's probably true worldwide. Still, Slovenia has clean wilderness. It's got clean drinking water. You said things are small which, is good in your mind, and that the food is produced locally. Everybody has a small garden, and those few people who don't have a small garden because of the landscape that they live on, probably have friends or nearby neighbors who do and can help provide for local food. That sounds really great, by the way. I love the sound of that. You also mentioned that Slovenia is safe. People can walk around in the middle of the night without any kind of threat. Women can work everywhere. You mentioned that there are differences in salary, but think that that's that way everywhere, and I'm inclined to agree. But despite the differences in salary, women have all the same opportunities as men. Slovenians have freedom of speech, and their working hours are reasonable. Most people work eight to five. Not too many people work second shift. You said that not too long ago you had a colleague who went to California and he talked to you about how the competition and the hours were crazy. Competition was was crazy and the hours were really long, and then we had a side discussion about what my experience in the workforce is like in this country. And I was inclined to agree with your colleague. I don't have it all that bad. My hours are usually pretty close to that, and certainly more recently the competition is not anywhere near as bad with the Great Resignation, which you told me had, according to an article you read, started in China. With so many people electing to leave the workforce and not come back suddenly things had shifted a little bit, and it was the employers who were scrambling to get employees, not employees scrambling to get jobs. But all in all you paint a lovely picture of your country and I can see very much why you would be grateful to live there.

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