Meet the Neighbours

The writing class did their closing task using many of the skills they had practised over the 3 weeks of the option class.  The task was to find a neighbour close to Lexis and to write questions and interview them about their life in Noosa.

Students composed questions based on an article we read in Backstory Magazine.  Each students composed a question and we all agreed on five common questions to ask our neighbours.  We visited our neighbours and recorded the interview.  We then transcribed the interview.

Hana

Carolina works in the Travel Agent next to Lexis.  Many students book trips with her and use her services on a regular basis.

Hana: Why have you chosen to live in Noosa?

Carolina: The weather is always nice and it is a quiet place.

Hana: What do you love about Noosa?

Carolina: I love the beaches.  I recommend you visit Sunshine Beach.

Hana: What do you think is the most important local issue in Noosa?

Carolina: I can’t think of anything right now!

Hana: Do you think Noosa gets enough attention from local  government?

Carolina: Yes, I think so.

Hana: What’s the best place in Noosa?

Carolina:  I think Sunshine Beach is a good location to live and work.

Awad

Shalini owns Mystery Spice restaurant with her husband who is a chef.  Many students enjoy food from their restaurant.

Awadh: Why have you chosen to live in Noosa?

Shalini:  I love the lifestyle, even when you are working it is still relaxing.

Awadh: What do you love about Noosa?

Shalini: It is the relaxing lifestyle again!

Awadh: What do you think is the most important local issue in Noosa?

Shalini: The work is a problem there is not enough work for young people.  My son wants to be an engineer so he will have to go away to study.

Awadh: Do you think Noosa gets enough attention from local  government?

Shalini: Yes, I think they are good.

Awadh: What’s the best place in Noosa?

Shalini: Noosa Junction! It’s where the locals go!

 

Nick works at Frank’s Gym in Noosa Junction.  It’s Noosa’s original gym and students can walk to the gym from school to exercise.

Khalid:  Why have you chosen to live in Noosa?

Nick: Surfing and the sunshine!

Khalid: What do you love about Noosa?

Nick: I love the people!

Khalid: What do you think is important in Noosa?

Nick: The sense of community and the way people help each other

Khalid: Do you think Noosa gets enough attention from local  government?

Nick: The Noosa Council is good they listen to you.

Khalid: What’s the best place in Noosa?

Nick: Frank’s Gym of course!

School Visit Intermediate A

Today Sheryl’s Intermediate had some visitors. The students wanted to find out more about what life is like outside of Australia and our students wanted to know more about what life is like in Australia so they both put together some interview questions and spent the morning discussing life and living. Below is the Lexis student’s feedback about the morning. Hope you enjoy them as much as they enjoyed the visit.img_5351

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Bader
Today some high school students visited us at Lexis and we learned a lot from each other. Two of the students want to be a pilot like me. I was really happy to meet them because it’s a good thing to learn new things about another culture. We shared information about our favourite food, our hobbies and our life goals.

20161103_095531Kate
This morning we had a different English lesson to normal. Some real Australian Students from a high school visited us and we spoke about the differences between the Australian lifestyle and life in other countries. For me specifically between Australia and Czech Republic. I think that life here is not so different when we compared the two because we have a similar culture. The difference is that people in Australia are happier, more polite and friendlier than in Czech. Everyday people can go to the beach to surf, relax and enjoy the sun. In Czech we don’t have this chance because we don’t have the sea. Today’s lesson was really good and interesting – we enjoyed it.

20161103_095542Svenja & Corina
We liked the easy and open conversation. They were very friendly and lovely. It’s very interesting to know about their plans for the future. There are so many different things between Australia and Switzerland. For example, they have never seen the snow in the mountains. They have the beach and everyday they must drive a long way to go to there. The lifestyle is also very different. It was so nice to meet them all.

20161103_095606Juan & Mana
In Australia all school students can use PC’s. The shops close very early. School goes from 8:30-3:00. They have the beautiful sea and their seasons are opposite to in Japan. In Japan school goes from 7:30 to about 5:00 and we have cleaning time. We get a school lunch and eat a lot of rice and raw fish. We don’t have koala bears and usually live in apartments while many people in Australia live in houses.

20161103_095551Teppei & Jan
Today Noosa District High School students came to our class. We interviewed each other about our countries, interests, food etc. The conversation was very funny because they are very nice students from the school. Many of the students haven’t travelled out of Australia yet and a lot of the students want to visit the USA. They all look happy and relaxed. A lot of students want to study engineering and one girl wants to be a police woman. Through these conversations, we learned more about life and the people in Australia and we really enjoyed these conversations with the students.

20161103_095521Bruno, Mattheus & Oriol
Today students from Noosa District High School joined us in our class. They interviewed us about our countries and other things. For us it was interesting to ask what they think that we are doing here and also what they know about our culture. One of the most surprising things was that many teenagers in Australia haven’t travelled to foreign countries. This is surprising for European and South American people because it’s normal to travel to neighbouring or nearby countries. It was also a surprise to find out that they like playing soccer and they love the soccer cultures of Brazil and Spain.

 

What Friendship Means to Meshal

A free writing task was given to students in the SANG workshop. Each student had absolute free reign on what they could write about. This piece of writing by Meshal who is in Pre-Intermediate was incredibly touching and heartfelt. I think studying abroad sometimes makes you appreciate and reflect on what friendship is and how important it is in our lives both when we are at home in our countries as well as whilst being a student or travelling internationally. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as we did. May you always be surrounded by good friends. And thank you for sharing your thoughts Meshal.

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“Friendship is of small worth in its size but big in its meaning. It’s a great relationship between two people. It’s one soul in two bodies. One can’t live alone in this life, we need a friend who supports and helps us. But what is a real friend? A real friend is the one who is with you when you are alone. They are the one who accepts your apologies and forgives you. They are the one you can contact at 4am and they will be interested in what you have to say. They help you to be a better person and feel happy for you when you are successful. Therefore you must select your friends carefully in order to live happily all your life. Finally, we can’t pick our family but we can pick our friends. Our friends reflect the choices we make in life.”

By Meshal

My Dream House

In the FCE classes the students were set the delightful task to write about their dream house. I was set the task of choosing the best one and then blogging it but I have to admit I found it extrememly challenging so I decided to take the cowardly route and thus to put the top eight up and leave it to our readers discretion as to which you think is the best. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did. And thank you to the FCE students for sharing their wonderful ideas.

My Dream House

If I could create my own dream house for my future, I would need a lot of money to make it perfect.

I’ve always expected my dream house would be big, not like a villa, but bigger than normal family houses. When I dream about my future house, I always see the colour light blue in front of me. So my dream house shall be light blue outside and surrounded with lovely pink and blue flowers. The furniture inside would be dark brown and in an antique style. It shouldn’t remind me of a modern interior. A little garden has to be included.

In my dream my future home isn’t placed in a crowded city, I’d prefer to live in the countryside but not too far away from the stores as I’d like to be able to walk or cycle to go food shopping. It would be great if the next house were placed 50m from me so I could have enough privacy and it would be wonderful to have nice neighbours in case I ever need help.

In conclusion I hope I’ll have a great job someday to realise my dream house because I can think of nothing more important than to raise a family and get old in a wonderful home that I’ve dreamt up. I can’t wait!

By Justine

cottage villa

Home sweet home

Since I moved to Noosa I have become closer to nature and I have fallen in love with the idea of living near the beach, waking up and seeing the sea whilst listening to the birds and just feeling relaxed when I open up my eyes.

My dream house will be located exactly where I am living now in Noosa and I will tell you why. This is the place that I feel absolute freedom and this is probably because of the good vibrations that exist there. Furthermore, there are some of the most beautiful beaches that I have ever seen.

When I think of my house I can just think of a big white house which transmits tranquillity where I can feel comfortable and where I want to stay inside more than outside. I expect to have a nice pool, the best sofa in the world to watch films on Netflix and also a big backyard with a hammock and a barbecue grill to spend my weekends eating with my friends.

To conclude, my ideal house is where I will be able to open the window and see the ocean while I’m lying in my hammock and know that I’m living exactly where I always wanted to – the real meaning of Home Sweet Home.

By Geovanna

ocean beach house

My Dream Home In New Zealand

Some of you probably expect that every student wants to live in a luxurious house with a pool and expensive cars. But not me! I dream of living in an old vineyard in New Zealand.

The vineyard would be built in a traditional way which means it should like an old farmhouse and be surrounded by nature. I don’t want to drive for hours the city so it should be located on the outskirts of Auckland, but not too far away. If possible, it should also be cloase to a lake, because I love going for a swim on hot summer days. The vineyard should, apart from the vines, also include a barnyard for some animals like cows or horses.

Even though it sounds like a simple lifestyle, I’d like to have a modern interior. A big living room with an open kitchen would be very nice and also enough rooms for the guests or for doing some sport like yoga. A big balcony with a beautiful view of the vines and nature would be peaceful. It would  also be nice  for celebrating birthdays and having a glass of your self-made wine.

All I need is a place where I can calm down after a hard working day. And if I want some more action I can drive into the city or go on an adventurous holiday.

By Joy

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My Perfect Aussie Beach House

If I won the lottery the first thing I’d do is to fulfil my dream of having a beautiful beach house. It would be near the sea to have good access to the surf at any time. So which country would be the most suitable?

Due to the fact that Australia hadn’t been discovered by Europeans a long time ago, I could search for new land and build my dream house here. It should definitely be a two storey house with a large backyard and a really big garage. Furthermore I’d like to have it surrounded by trees and have my own garden.

The house itself doesn’t have to be very spacious or have many features. As long as I can store my 3 surfboards in my garage and have some electricity to cook my homegrown vegetables I’ll be more than happy. In view of the fact that I’d like to be indetpendent I’d use the spacious garage to run my business selling surfboards. In other words the only think I have to do now is earn a lot of money and marry an Australian girl so I can migrate and live here.

By Joel

surf home

My Perfect Place to Live

I think a lot of people dream about living in a huge villa, but not me, I’d like to have a cosy small place to live. I’d prefer to live near Zurich but not in the centre of the city. If I could choose my dream place, it would be in a big apartment on the top floor with a really nice view over the lake and nature.

For me, the best choice at the moment would be to live in an apartment, because you do not have to clean as much as in a big house. I do not need a garden. I would like to have a huge terrace and the bedrooms should be spacious.

My apartment will have a lot of good features. On my terrace there’ll be a few plants and flowers and maybe a whirlpool where you can bathe while looking at the stars at night. My kitchen would be modern but not with too many visible electrical appliances. The most important thing is I need a TV in my bedroom and a walk in closet for my clothes and shoes. The sofa should also be very comfortable in order to chill out.

Although I live in the luxury of a big villa I’d prefer to live in a special apartment with many small advantages. Lastly, I’d like to have a dog that’ll live with me in my penthouse paradise.

Noemi

Penthouse

My lovely little cottage

In my dreams, I live in a little cosy cottage in the countryside of Ireland. A little town should be easy to reach to do the shopping or just to drink some tea with friends.

My housemates would be a dog, two cats and a few rabbits. The dog and the cats should have enough space to run around, which is why I’ll have a lovely big garden. In my garden there’ll be an apple tree with a cosy bench to relax and to enjoy the sunshine. At Christmas time, the cottage will have a string of fairy lights around the roof.

Inside the cottage there will be a living room with a huge couch and a nice sized TV. The kitchen should be designed in the country style and there should be enough space to bake some cupcakes or to cook dinner with friends. There’ll also be a chimney and fireplace to heat the cottage on cold winter days.  I also want to have a big bed in the bedroom and a walk-in closet. In the bathroom there’ll be a whirlpool in the middle and a huge shower. I’ll also have a guest room with its own bathroom where I can offer Air B’n’B accommodation. There’ll be a separate entrance to this room and enough rooms in the cottage for my family and friends as they are always welcome to come and visit me.

Michele

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My Dream House

During my life I have lived in many different places and in many different countries but which place was the best? Where would I like to live forever? What is my dream house? It’s a difficult question because living in an amazing villa on the beach or living in a small flat in the city both have their own advantages and disadvantages. If I really had to choose only one place, it would be a big apartment in a large cultural city such as London, Rome, Paris or Prague.

What would the apartment be like? Well, because I would like to live with my family – my partner and future kids – it needs to be a big apartment with 4 or 5 rooms, 2 bathrooms and a big living room. Everybody needs to have their own space. We’d also need a small office for my partner as well as a big bedroom and playroom for the kids.

The most important thing is light. I love it when the sun is shining and the house has a charming atmosphere because of that. All decoration needs to be comfy and look warm. I can imagine that the furniture reminds me of something historical, romantic or vintage. Although this is my dream, I don’t want to live in a museum – I want it to be a home and a home is not about the material things a home is about love and the people.

So what is my dream house then? It is a place, no matter where, that I can wake up every day with a smile  and with the light of the people I love.

Katerina

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Home sweet home.

What would you do if you were rich and could build any kind of house? I would definitely build my dream house. Of course it’s only my imagination but I will never lose my hope to fulfil it.

It’s so difficult to choose a place where I would like to build my house, because in the world there are so many beautiful and astonishing places. But if I had the choice I would choose a place next to the sea, perhaps in Australia or Bora Bora.

My dream house is a big villa surrounded by palms and a lot of space. I should look quite modern but cosy as well. In other words, I should be comfortable for a family.

The villa should have a big garden, a pool a BBQ area and a boat station for my private yacht. A must have in my house is a modern kitchen including high technology gadgets. In my cellar I would have a home cinema and a wellness area to relax and get away from the daily routine. Furthermore, every bedroom will have an aquarium instead of a wall.

All in all, I know it may sound improbably but everyone has dreams and nobody should stop dreaming – never give up!

Nicole

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