More interviews with speakers of English. This time I went to the Olympic Park in East London and spoke to some people about the Olympic Games.
London Olympics 2012
What do you think?
Girl 1: Hello
Girl 2: Hello
Luke: Hello, where are you from?
Girl 1: Australia
Girl 2: And the UK
Luke: Right, okay, fantastic. So, you are living in England are you?
Girl 1: I am living in England, at the moment yeah.
Luke: Okay, so which event are you going to see today?
Girl 1: Women’s basketball
Luke: Okay right, I see. So how was the Olympic ceremony in your opinion?
Girl 2: It was pretty amazing, yeah it was really good.
Luke: Okay, what do you think of the orbit over there?
Girl 1: I want to go up there
Girl 1: Can you go up there?
Luke: I don’t know actually
Girl 1: I think you can and I want to go up there, it looks cool
Luke: What do you think about the way it looks?
Girl 2: Yeah it looks really good everything’s done really nice and it’s, yeah really well done.
Luke: Okay, cool and so in general is the Olympics good for London or bad for London?
Girl 1: Good I think
Luke: Why’s that?
Girl 1: I don’t know, it brings more people here. I don’t know! I’m not even from London! To her…
Luke: What do you think? Do you think it’s improving London or is it just annoying or…?
Girl 2: A little bit annoying, but
Luke: How is it annoying a little bit?
Girl 2: It’s just I guess costs quite a lot and the traffic and everything’s quite a hassle but generally I think it’s pretty good event for us to have
Girl 1: The spirit!
Girl 2: Yeah, it brings everyone together. But it’s annoying when you have to try and get to work
Luke: Yeah the traffic is a bit of a problem
Girl 2: Yeah the traffic but no it’s good it’s good for us to have .
Luke: Well have a great time
Girl 1: Thank you
Girl 2: Thank you cheers bye!
Luke: Thank you, bye
Luke: Hi, how are you doing?
Man: Very well thank you
Luke: Where are you from?
Man: We’re from Devon
Luke: Devon, okay. So, hello
Luke: Hi, what’s your name?
Luke: How’s the Olympics for you so far?
Daughter: It’s cool
Luke: Yeah, what do you like about it the best?
Daughter: I’m not really sure
Luke: You’re not really sure?
Daughter: No, it’s all good
Luke: Which event are you going to see?
Daughter: Erm, the swimming.
Luke: Swimming, okay, alright brilliant. So what did you think of the opening ceremony?
Man: I thought it was pretty awesome actually, I thought it was a good err, it was good for Britain, showed off Britain, a bit quirky, a bit funny, errrm, yeah not trying to be anything that we’re not.
Luke: Okay. And erm what do you think of the Orbit over there?
Daughter: I think it’s really cool.
Luke: You like it?
Daughter: Unusual yeah
Luke: Unusual you think yeah? And what do you think about that?
Man: I haven’t really thought about it to be honest but it’s an interesting structure
Luke:T is isn’t it yeah. Do you think that the Olympics is good for London or bad for London in general?
Man: Brilliant, absolutely amazing
Man: Err, it just puts Britain on the map, puts London right in the centre where it should be. I think it’s great for Britain.
Luke: So who are you going to cheer for today?
Luke: Britain I would say. Team GB right? Okay right well have a fantastic day
Man: Thank you very much
Luke: and err, bye
Man & Daughter: Bye!
Luke: Hi mate
American: How’s it going?
Luke: Fine thanks. So where are you from?
American: I’m from America
Luke: What a surprise! And which event are you going to see today?
American: We’re actually going to watch Phelps swim. We’re going to support him.
Luke: You’re going to see what?
American: Phelps, Michael Phelps
Luke: Oh yes
American: in the 400 IM
Luke: Okay brilliant. And so how’s the Olympics for you so far?
American: Oh well it’s our first day here so we’re excited about it. Hopefully we can get back out here and see some more events.
Luke: Have you been in London long now?
American: I’ve been in London for two weeks actually. Doing summer school here.
Luke: What do you think of the place?
American: I love it. It’s a lot of fun.
Luke: What exactly about it do you like?
American: What do I… pardon me?
Luke: What is it exactly that you like about London?
American: Oh it’s, I don’t know it’s different from everywhere else, you can’t, like, can’t find most things you find all in one place like you can in London.
Luke: How is it different to the States?
American: There’s a lot of different things. The culture, the language are slightly different. It just, I don’t know it’s the European melting pot I guess, from over here.
Luke: What do you think of The Orbit?
American: Erm, I don’t know. I guess it’s err, London’s attempt at the Eiffel Tower.
Luke: You think so?
American: I guess
Luke: What is it?
American: Err, it’s an observatory tower I believe. Maybe I’ll make my way up there.
Luke: Yeah, okay well have a fantastic evening
American: Thank you nice to meet you
Luke: And a great time in London