Archive for September 22, 2010

Two Kazakh Teachers Write Divergent Views about Past (Part V)

Two Kazakh teachers from Kokshetau, Kazakhstan answered the second of two questions for me in just a half hour.  They wrote divergent responses based on their grandparents’ past lives.  For now, this is the last installment from the teachers and their grandparents’ past that I’ll post.  Some of these teachers did very well putting together in words what they remember about their grandparents’ past in such a short time.  Would you, as a native speaker of English, do any better?  What do YOU know about your grandparents’ and great grandparents’ past?

Teacher #1 – “My grandparents’ past is not known to be clearly. My grandparents died many years before I was born, that’s why I don’t know much about them.  My grandfather died during the Second World War, but I can tell you about my parents’ life was difficult, but full of events, I believe.  Their life is closely connected with the history of our country.  I think that it is truly supposed that each man is a part of history.  They endured with our country all difficulties and always were devoted to their Motherland.  Most of their life, they lived in the former Soviet Union and they said it was great for they never worried about the future of their children, their children could be sent to the countries of the USSR and it was always a pleasure, firstly.  Secondly, each year they were sent to resorts in summer but I believe they regret about it because they were young at that time.  

To sum it up, I want to say that now it is obvious that our country is one of the prosperous countries and my parents’ live has greatly changed to the better.  Taking into consideration that now they have a good cottage to live in and they don’t worry about anything.”

Teacher #2 – “Our grandparents live in difficult time when the government was ruled by Communists and where there were definite rules and taboos.  They told us that the politics of that time demands its rules:  Firstly, they couldn’t allow the things they wanted.  For example, they had enough money, but they couldn’t buy clothes or furniture they needed.  Next, they couldn’t have a great deal of cattle if they live in the countryside.  Moreover, they couldn’t say anything bad about their country, politics and government.  It was forbidden to them.  They obeyed the rules given by the government.

Finally, we can say that the politics of Soviet Union is not acceptable and suitable for people because people want freedom: Freedom in words and in actions. And the last, it should be said that we live in happy time, for we live in freedom. Our government gives us all the opportunities to work and study.  And we must be grateful for that to our government and president.”

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