Feedback on USA podcast 1

We listened to the first podcast from South Valley Jr High School. Thanks to South Valley students for the work they put in to their podcast. Our students were really fascinated by American school life: the variety of sports, the ‘cafeteria’ with its excellent food and how students, if they want to walk to school, have to live within a certain distance. They also reckoned our school should be named Eaglehawk Junior High School.

We found that the students’ accent was pretty hard to understand, even though we have a steady diet of American TV in Australia. Also, like our podcast, background noise and varied volume also made it sometimes difficult to listen to. But, unlike ours, they didn’t laugh or give outrageous statistics – like 50% of students in Australia use drugs!

Strangely, we didn’t hear any mention of random school shootings at South Valley, which some in our class thought was a common occurrence in the US. Also, we had no idea what ‘EMH kids’ were, nor ‘Black & White Days’ and ‘Spirit Days’. It’s been interesting how much we both said things that were culturally specific, but that we did not explain.

About Dave Fagg

I'm a dad, husband, and resident of a regional town in Bendigo. I earn a crust through freelance writing, and youth work. I am also studying sociology. When I'm not working I love reading on the couch, playing soccer with my son, and musing.
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3 Responses to Feedback on USA podcast 1

  1. Hello. Sorry for the delayed response from the United States. We only had a couple of days of school last week because of our Thanksgiving holiday and then this week we only had school for a couple of days because of ice and snow. The ice and snow storm we had last week forced us to call off school for two days. We will be in touch next week.


    Eric Langhorst
    South Valley Jr High
    Liberty, Missouri

  2. davefagg says:

    Ice and snow – what are they? Over here in Oz, where the seasons happen in the right order, we’ve been having 35 degree (Celcius) days! We’d give our right big toes for ice and snow…then we could melt it all into our empty reservoirs. Here from you soon Eric.

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