What’s it like to be a kid? : Life as a Teen in the Czech Republic
Abstract: My name is Karolina, but my friends call me Kajka. I am 14 years old, and I am a normal kid just like you. I like to hang out with my friends, spend time with family, and play sports.
What is your house like?
My house is big and we have a nice garden outside. The house has three floors. What’s interesting is that two generations live here. The ground floor is my parents’ business is located. My grandparents live on the second floor. Finally, my mom, dad, brother and I live on the third floor.
What do you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
For breakfast, I eat simple things like milk, cake, and cornflakes. For lunch, I have some kind of soup every day and I usually eat typical Czech food. For example, we have meat with sauce and potatoes or dumplings. Lunch is usually warm. On Fridays, our family doesn’t eat meat, so for lunch we usually have dumplings with a sweet cheese filling. Our dinners are usually very light. We have some type of bread with spread, toast, vegetables, yogurt, baked potatoes, or porridge. Dinner is usually cold.
What chores do you have at home?
My chores include things like cleaning the floor, sweeping, dusting, or taking out the trash.
What jobs do your parents have?
My parents own a printing and advertising company and work from home.
What time does school start, and what time do you go home?
School starts at 8:00 AM and I get home at 3:00 PM.
How do you get to school? Are you allowed to go to school by yourself?
My school is only 100 meters from my house, so I walk to school alone.
What do you eat for lunch, and where do you eat? What is your favorite food?
For lunch, I usually come home at 12:00 PM and eat with my family. My favorite foods are pizza, pasta and schnitzel. Schnitzel is breaded fried chicken breast.
What language do you speak at school? How do you say “Hello”? in your language?
We speak Czech at my school. “Hello” in Czech is “dobrý den.” This is the more formal way to say hello, but you can also say ahoj (pronounced like ahoy) to friends.
What are some common kids’ names at your school?
Some boys’ names are Honza, Jan, Martin, Filip, Pavel, Jiří and Vaclav. Some girls’ names are Karolina, Tereza, Markéta, Marie, Radmila, Jana, Lucie and Veronika.
What subjects do you study in school, and which one is your favorite?
In school, I study Math, Czech, English, French, History, Geography, IT, Biology, Gym and Chemistry. History and Math are my favorites.
What is your homework like?
For homework I usually have writing, English practice and Czech grammar. For most subjects, I use a workbook and a notebook.
What do you like to do after school? Do you have a favorite sport or game?
I play the piano and take piano lessons. I also enjoy playing sports. I play floorball, which is indoor hockey without skates. I also enjoy cycling, skiing and internet surfing.
Who is your favorite famous person?
Rihanna is my favorite famous person.
What kinds of music do you listen to?
I like to listen to rock n roll, pop and rap. Some of my favorite artists are Rihanna, Adele, Fun, and Maroon 5. Do you know about these artists?
What would you like to be when you grow up?
I want to be a Pharmacy Assistant.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would like to go to the Maldive Islands. It is hot there, by the sea, and has a wonderful beach.
What do you know or think about the United States?
I know that the capital city is Washington D.C. It is a big country, and Obama is the first black president. I like to watch American movies and TV shows.
What questions do you have for kids in the United States?
Do you know where the Czech Republic is and anything about it?
Do you know who Václav Havel is?
Do you like hockey?
Do you know any famous people of the Czech Republic?