The student Rob Fellows
Hello! My name`s Rob Fellows. I come from Dundee, a town on the coast of Scotland, but I`m a student at Durham University, in the north of England. I`m studying French and German, and I can speak the languages quite well. I also know a little Spanish, so I can speak four languages. I`m enjoying the course a lot, but it`s very hard work!
I live in Durham Castle, because the Castle is part of the University, with about thirty other students. The course started two years ago, and I`m in my third year. After the course I`m going to work in France, but I don`t know where yet.
The student Maggie Wood
My name`s Maggie Wood. You spell that W-O-O-D. I come from Australia. I`m studying art, but I don`t go to university. I work at home. I watch special programmes on television. I`m reading about Italian painters at the moment in Italian, which is difficult because I only speak a little Italian. The course is really interesting, but it isn`t easy having a part-time job and studying!
I live near London. I came to England fifteen years ago. I`m married, and my husband`s name is Dave. He`s a taxi-driver. We have three children, two boys and a girl.
My course started a year ago, and it`s three years long. After the course I`m going to look for a job as a librarian in a museum.
David Snow talking about his daughter
My daughter Jackie is living in London now. We`re very worried about her, really. London is such a dangerous place for a young girl. She`s only eighteen, and London`s so far away. Her mother went down to see her there, but I don`t like London. I don`t know why she went there. I think she has some friends there. She says she wants to be a dancer, and she`s doing a sort of course, a ballet course or something, but dancing isn`t a real job, and you don`t earn much money being a dancer.
She`s living in a flat in north London � with her boyfriend, I think, and we don`t like that at all. We`ve never met the boyfriend � Tony, his name is. He doesn`t have a job.
I think she`s earning some extra money working as a dancer in a theatre or club in the centre of London, but I`m not sure. I hope it`s a nice place. I do worry about her. London is such a big place. I`m sure she wants to come home, really. She phones home sometimes, but not very often, and when we phone her, she`s always out. We are her parents, and I know we`re important to her, but it still make me sad.
Jackie Snow talking about her life in London
I came to London two months ago because I want to be a professional dancer, and the best schools of dance are here in London. I`m doing a course at the National Dance School, which is very hard work, but I`m really enjoying it. The course is expensive, but I work with a theatre group at the weekend. We teach dance to groups of children. I`m living with another girl in a flat in north London. It`s small, but it`s comfortable. My boyfriend, Tony, lives in the same street with his parents. They`re very kind, and often cook meals for me.
I know my parents are worried about me living in London but it isn`t dangerous at all if you`re careful. It`s so exciting here, there`s so much to do and see… It was difficult in the beginning, especially getting to know the Underground, and I didn`t know many people, but it`s fine now. I have a lot of good friends. I love my Mum and Dad very much, but I don`t want to live at home for the rest of my life. I phone home every Sunday, and when I go to a museum or art gallery, I always send them a postcard. Mum reads them, but I don`t know if Dad does.
How are you?
See you tomorrow!
Yes. Can I help you?
(Someone sneezes) Bless you!
Have a good weekend!
Thanks! Same to you!
Thank you very much indeed.
Not at all. Don`t mention it.
Make yourself at home.
That`s very kind. Thank you.