We are now on our second week of studying Brazil which means we are ready for an interview. For this interview I had the pleasure of interviewing 10 year old Naomi. Let’s read what she has to say about her life in Brazil.
A: I live in a big city called Sao Paulo. It is one of the largest in the world. It has about 18 million people. With so many people there is lots of traffic, lots of high rises, and lots of different people. Whenever we go out my mom always takes a book along to read to us while we’re stuck in traffic. If she’s the one driving, I’ll read. I have 2 brothers and a sister. In Brazil that’s a big family. People here have 1 or 2 kids. Sometimes you see bigger families, but usually not. We homeschool and get to spend a lot of time together. Joshua loves Math and playing board games or strategy games, Kaleb loves to pretend he’s a knight, he has lots of energy, and Priscilla is a sweet girl we love to play with our dolls together.
Q: Could you describe your country’s flag? Tell me a bit about the colors and design and why they were chosen?
A: Brazil’s flag is a green rectangle with a yellow diamond laying on its side and a blue circle in the middle of that. The green is for the jungles, yellow for the gold and blue for the sky and water. In the blue circle there are constellations of stars that you can see here in Brazil. The most famous one is the Southern Cross. There’s also a white banner across the circle of the flag that says “order and progress”.
Q: What language is spoken in Brazil? Can you tell us how to say, “Hello, how are you?” in that language?
A: In Brazil they speak Portuguese. It is the only country in South America that speaks Portuguese because it was colonized by Portugal. The phrase in Portuguese is “Oi, como vai voce?” (the c in voce sounds like an s)
Q: I have heard of a very large worldwide sporting event that will take place in Brazil in 2014. Can you tell us about it? What is it called and where will it be held? Is this something that Brazilians are excited about?
A. Next year Brazil will have the World Cup of Soccer here. Brazilians are very excited. Usually everyone stops work to watch the game and even traffic is less on the roads. When Brazil scores people yell from house to house. When Brazil loses everyone is sad. Brazilians love soccer, they play it everywhere and with anything they have that they can kick… even rolled up socks. My mom loves to watch the games and so does my brother.
Thank you Naomi. You did a great job answering these questions! If any of you have more questions for Naomi or about Brazil, please write them in the comments below and Naomi and I will do our best to answer as many as we can. And if you don’t remember where Naomi’s hometown of Sao Paulo is, look at the map on my Brazil/week 1 post to see if you can find it!