(Tell me uh, how long have you been in the United States and where you came from.)
Ok. Um I have two years and half, two years and a half have been in the states and I came from Guatamala. And I stay for three months first in Las Vegas, then my Dad didn’t like Las Vegas, so we came here, Utah.
(Tell me about school in Guatamala. Did you like to go to school and what were your favorite subjects.)
Ok. Um, Yeah I like to go to school in Guatamala. And, my favorite subjects were science because we have a lot of teams do animals now. Yeah.
(Were you a good student in Guatamala?)
Well, I think yeah. (laughs)
(Ok. I’d like you to talk about…have you been in Provo two years? How long did you live in Las Vegas?)
Ah, 3 months.
(3 months, and then you came here and you’ve been here the whole time?)
(What grade are you in now?)
(10th grade… so last year was your first year or did you go to Dixon middle school or?)
Yeah, I went to Dixon –
(Dixon first, Ok.)
(So when you think back about when you first came, and you were at Dixon middle school, tell me how you felt and uh, were you scared, were you happy, uh, tell me what was hard.)
Ok, when I first came the most scary was lasting to be able in the school. Yeah… don’t find my classes. I was scared about that then. So but there was, I apply to….
(Tell me what was hard at first… you said you couldn’t find your classes…but what else was hard.)
Um, to speak to um in front of somebody. And to come in front of the class and speak to all. It was scary to me because I feel like everybody was looking to me and they will laugh of me and my speak.
(You are doing a great job!! So you can talk. Don’t worry. You are doing ok. Ok? When you think about 2 years ago and being at Dixon Middle School and now you are at Provo and you are a sophomore…. Tell me what’s not so hard anymore.)
Um, to be with my friends. Because I can be with them so they can help me to ,um, speak to another person, or
(What is your favorite subject in school?)
I like um art. I like to draw and all the things.
(What is the hardest class for you?)
Um, math to me is hard. Math.
(Tell me why.)
I don’t know. I think that because I’m no how to multiply and all those things, so, because I think that all things in mathematics need to multiply. And that’s hard.
(When you think about your English, when do you like to speak English? When do you not like to speak English?)
I like to speak with other persons and not talk about my country and all this sta… I like and when I don’t like to speak is when I have to do, um, working in the classes and speak to all my friends in front of the classes.
(Do you think your English speaking ability is stronger than your writing ability or is your writing better than your English speaking?)
Um, the thing more perfect to me is to speak and not write. Because they have a lot of bad autographic…. I can really write but I can’t. And what was the other question, sorry?
(You don’t think your writing is good?)
(But are you more comfortable writing English or speaking English?)
Um, speaking English.
(So restate …)
I’m feel more comfortable speaking English.
(Now tell me, when you are at home, do you speak Spanish with your family, or English, or both. What do you do?)
I speak both. Um, but I speak more Spanish because my parents and all. But with my brothers and sisters I speak some English.
(Tell me about your brothers and sisters.. how many of them… are they younger, older?)
They are more younger than I. I am the second of my family and they are six more, I mean seven, sorry. And my uh, I have a little brother. I have a big part. They went to school.
(How many of them are in school?)
Um, my older sister and I and f---
Just one doesn’t go to school.
(ok, so one’s still at home.)
Yeah. A baby.
(Ok. When you think of your English, and you think of your younger brothers and sisters, who’s had an easier time or a harder time learning English—you or them?)
Um, I. I mean me.
(asks to restate answer)
I’ve had a harder time, to learn English.
(why do you think it’s easier for them?)
Because they are starting to learn how do you speak, because they are more younger than I so I have been more time being, speaking in Spanish. So. When they came, they start learning both languages.
(When you think about Guatemala and your culture at home, what do you miss the most?)
Um, what I most miss is, friends, and people to be there. Yeah. In my, dum—forest, in a culture and all those things. WE have different things to do in Guatemala from here in states.
(What do you like best about American culture so far?)
Um, that they help you. They help you to progress in all the things. They give you a lot of important pieces.
(What don’t you like about American Culture? What’s really been hard?)
Um, I don’t.. Um, I think that--- um, maybe sorry. Ee-- Um.
(Can’t think of anything? Do you go to the football games? )
Yeah. I like the sports a lot. And hmmm. Nothing.
(Do you like to read?)
Yeah, I like to read. I like the books that have pictures, not big pictures, but something that you can see what’s happening and all that. And so I like to read.
(What’s your favorite book that you’ve read in Mrs. McConnell’s class?)
In Mrs. McConnell’s the dolphins.. I don’t remember.. I mean it was about a girl that she came from, she was, she burning, she went to, she went in airplane but airplane crash. So she stay from along time from when she was baby, so she grew up with dolphins. I like that.
(Do you ever feel lonely at school, here?)
Um, not too much, I don’t. My.. at first I was feeling because I went to Dixon so. At Dixon I was just… I was lonely there. But when I came here, I have my sister with me. So.
(That helps, huh?)
Yeah, That helps very much.
(Tell me how your sister helps you to learn English and to study. Talk about that.)
Um, she help me a lot. She helps me to um, translate papers, and all, explain me more about what we are doing in the school. And, she help me in, in a lot of things that and she help me.. I mean in English.
(Tell me what your life is as a student in class. What kind of student are you? Do you talk a lot are you quiet. When do you ask for help? Just talk to me about how you act in class.)
Ok. When I am with my friends, an everybody is louding, I do because that’s what everybody’s doing, so. But, when, but after, if, if, everybody’s quiet and doing his work, I’m doing my work, too. And, so but, I think that I am um, uh, communicative person. I like to talk with everybody.
(Say that again… you said communicative, but you could say talkative person)
Yeah. I am a talkative person. That’s my friends I’ve been. I talk a lot and I do everything with them when everybody’s talking and playing and all this stuff. But when working, I work too.
(Tell me are your friends Spanish speakers, or do you have any English speakers who don’t speak Spanish as friends?)
I have both kinds. I have Spanish speakers and English speakers. And uh, I like both friends—Americans, Spanish speaker, they um, they help, friends help a lot and uh, they hear you about what you wanted and they help you.
(Tell me when you think about the future, tell me what you think you want to do and be when you are done with high school?)
I want to be a police officer or FBI. I want to be kind of like a, I don’t know what its--- Um, something about the … I don’t know. I like to be, always like, manager (??)
Like. So um, like say don’t do this, don’t do that.
(Aahh. What would we say for that? I like to tell people what to do.)
(We’ll have you say that again.)
I like, I would like, I’d like to be um, a , um a police officer, or FBI Agent. And because I like to tell people what to do and do this and all that. And, maybe I think that’s what I want to be FBI or police man.
(When you think about who you are, are you America, or Guatemalan or something in between. When you think in your head, what do you think you are?)
I think that I’m both. Um, um, American and Guatemalan. And, uh, because I’m born in Guatemala and then I living in United States, so. I like both to be.
(What’s the most important thing about being Guatemalan to you?)
Um, that I am merchan(??) because they are not too people hungry and all this stuff. I think I’m not that way.. I like to be Guatemalan. And I don’t know.
(What makes you think you are also kind of American?)
Um, because I have—family have been here from a long time, so, they tell us about America and all things these, so I think that I know a lot of.
(Is there a story about school that’s important or a time that was special to you about school in your English learning that you remember?)
Um, ---- not really.
(Anything you are really proud of yourself for? That you’ve done really good in school?)
Um, ---- hmmm, ---- maybe--- that I just like to write about my country and all these things, so, I like to write in what and how I came here and how’s life better. I like to write and do the things in person in my classes. Yeah.
(Tell me what your Mom and Dad do?)
Um, my Dad before working Geneva, that’s a company, and he worked there, he was a welder. And but now he, he went to Make his own business in, and, and, for welder. And my Mom, she just babysit in the house and all that. Takes care of some of my brothers and sister.
(Well, we are hoping to interview your Mom and Dad, but we’re going to call them in June. Are you guys going out of town?)
(You think you’ll be here in the summer?)
I’m going to take summer school.