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English Conversations with Cliff LMA004, BARBARA w CLIFF #6.1

BARBARA w CLIFF #6.1

Today we talked about family. You told me that your mother's name is Anna Maria, and your father was Anton. My father's name is Ernest, and my mother's name is Maureen. We talked a little bit about heritage. My mother is Irish by descent. My father is, well, we really don't know. My father's family has been in this country for so long that our roots are buried in time. That led you to tell me about an uncle you have in Germany, which you said was common for Slovenians, especially Bosnians, and another uncle who moved to Canada after World War Two. You told me about your younger brother Andre and I told you in turn about my younger sister Etta. We both agreed that we wouldn't change anything about our childhood. And then we had a side conversation about where we live. You told me about living in the suburbs of the capital where people do all kinds of things, but governmental services is a common occupation, either teaching in school or university, or being involved in one of the governmental ministries. You told me that you live near a swamp and there are fields of corn and grass with huge tractors with tires taller than you. And you mentioned that the farmers are all very nice. Historically, in your area, there wasn't much development because of the swamp, but now it leaves you with a lot of open land, so there are lots of deer in your area and you see them every morning. There's also a lot of birds in your area because there's a lot of land that is preserved habitat for those birds, and you mentioned specifically herons, which is a type of bird I am very familiar with because one visits me fairly often and tries to eat my goldfish from the backyard pond. I've actually had to install a spitting scarecrow by my pond which spits water when a motion sensor gets tripped, and that's the only way that I can keep fish back there because it has cleared me out twice.



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BARBARA w CLIFF #6.1

Today we talked about family. You told me that your mother's name is Anna Maria, and your father was Anton. My father's name is Ernest, and my mother's name is Maureen. We talked a little bit about heritage. My mother is Irish by descent. My father is, well, we really don't know. My father's family has been in this country for so long that our roots are buried in time. That led you to tell me about an uncle you have in Germany, which you said was common for Slovenians, especially Bosnians, and another uncle who moved to Canada after World War Two. You told me about your younger brother Andre and I told you in turn about my younger sister Etta. We both agreed that we wouldn't change anything about our childhood. And then we had a side conversation about where we live. You told me about living in the suburbs of the capital where people do all kinds of things, but governmental services is a common occupation, either teaching in school or university, or being involved in one of the governmental ministries. You told me that you live near a swamp and there are fields of corn and grass with huge tractors with tires taller than you. And you mentioned that the farmers are all very nice. Historically, in your area, there wasn't much development because of the swamp, but now it leaves you with a lot of open land, so there are lots of deer in your area and you see them every morning. There's also a lot of birds in your area because there's a lot of land that is preserved habitat for those birds, and you mentioned specifically herons, which is a type of bird I am very familiar with because one visits me fairly often and tries to eat my goldfish from the backyard pond. I've actually had to install a spitting scarecrow by my pond which spits water when a motion sensor gets tripped, and that's the only way that I can keep fish back there because it has cleared me out twice.

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