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Online Stories for Fall 2013

The following stories are the most recent ones which have been submitted during the Fall 2013 semester.


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South Africa

Remembering Mandela  (by Leon) *
Recently, a familiar name but bad news came to our ears. Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. People around the world...

The Diamonds of South Africa  (by David) *
What represents forever? Diamonds. In China, by the flooding of advertising, the South African diamond means the best diamond now. But in fact, the average...

The Jabulani  (by Oscar) *
It was June 11th, 2010 when the FIFA World Cup in South Africa started its first match: South Africa vs. Mexico! I remember it very well. I was...

South African Greats  (by Nao) *
Nelson Mandela is South Africa's greatest leader. He was the first black president after apartheid. I think his greatest point is that he did not take...

The famous president in South Africa  (by Daniel) *
I think the famous president in South Africa is Nelson Mandela. He won the Nobel peace prize in 1993. He attended a lot of revolutionary activities, and...

City life of Cape Town, South Africa  (by Boom)
If I have a chance one time, I'd love to visit Africa and definitely Cape Town, South Africa. This country is located at the same temperature of my country...

Rhino poaching in South Africa  (by Mike) *
We have all probably heard about the hunting safaris being sold in South Africa where rich foreigners pay poachers to take them around and hunt illegal ...

The World Cup 2010  (by Uhur) *
When somebody says South Africa, I immediately think about the FIFA World Cup that took place four years ago. It was the first time it took place on African...

The cradle of humankind  (by Hendrik) *
Many scientists believe, due to the results of genetic tests, that the native South African folk known as the "Khoisan" are the oldest still living human...

Sharks and South Africa  (by Yuki)
One of the things I want to do in South Africa for sightseeing is "Shark Diving," a tour which you can see sharks face-to-face and you have to go into ...

Rooibos Tea  (by Jerry) *
In Taiwan, I often drink one kind of tea, which comes from South Africa called Rooibos Tea. My parents' friends recommended it and they often shared it...

The Aboriginal People in South Africa  (by Qilin)
If South Africa is being referred to, the first picture coming into my brain will be a group of the Aboriginal People who wear colorful clothes, dancing...



Russia

The Great Moscow Circus  (by Leon) *
Russia is famous for its circus all over the world and Russian Circus traditions include clowning, juggling, acrobatics, contortion, and animal acts (especially...

Soviet Era  (by Nao) *
Today's Russia started from the end of the Soviet era. In the Soviet era, it had strong power and technology. Actually, Soviets made a lot of great spacecraft:...

Russian literature  (by Uhur) *
One of the first things that comes to mind regarding Russia is its literature. Throughout the ages, Russia has produced great names like Tolstoy, Dostoevsky,...

The president Putin  (by David) *
Everyone has to admit it that Putin is a very impressive person. He is successful in making his own "tough man" impression on the public. As the picture...

Coldest Country  (by Daniel) *
The impression of Russia for me is very cold. It is the biggest country in the world, but even in summer there, still a lot places feel very cold and a...

The Russian Territory  (by Oscar) *
Everybody can locate Russia on a map because of one reason: Russia is the biggest country in the world! Have you ever wondered why? One day,...

Space Race  (by Hendrik) *
At the time of the "Cold War" and arms race between the USSR (the today's Russia) and the USA between 1957 and 1975, there also had been a remarkable run...

What I know about Russia  (by Yuki) *
One of the first things I knew about Russia when I was a kid is that it is a huge country located in the north of Asia. I didn't know that it was also...

1st Russian export from the last century  (by Boom)
The last century was a century of war. Russia was one of the powerful countries in the world. Since in a war the most necessary thing...

Meteor In Russia  (by Sotaro)
Last year on February 15, 2013, Russia got a big meteor. It was named the Chelyabinsk meteorite. That is the first time people got hurt from a meteor...

The Famous Game ---Tetris From Russia  (by Qilin)
There are a few games that will be named plus some prefix such as the name of a country, but the game named Tetris is an exception!------In Chinese, it...

Scary drugs in Russia  (by Mike) *
When I think about living in Russia, I always get this mental image of this war-torn country with rundown buildings without electricity and other things...

Russian Clothing  (by Jerry)
Most Russians pay attention to clothing. In Russia, married women must wear headscarves with the color of white. Unmarried girls are not wearing a headscarf,...



Singapore

Rich Singapore  (by Uhur) *
After gaining independence, Singapore has become one of the most wealthiest and developed countries in the world. During the British rule, Britain used...

Singapore and China  (by David) *
As a Chinese, I have to admit that I have a complex feeling about Singapore. In its history, most people in Singapore have a Chinese ancestor. They arrived ...

Merlion and Singapore English  (by Nao) *
My image of Singapore is Merlion. Its head is a lion and its body is a fish, and it jets water from its mouth. I have thought Singapore has only one Merlion,...

Chewing gum in Singapore  (by Mike) *
Since it's not fun to learn useful information, most of what I know regarding other countries are usually funny and/or weird things and this goes especially...

The World's Richest Country  (by Leon) *
Lately, I have read a wealth report which put tiny Singapore on the top of the charts this time, as the wealthiest nation in the world by GDP per capita,...

Strict laws in Singapore  (by Daniel) *
20 years ago, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea were called the Four Asian Tigers, because these four countries presented a powerful economic...

Singapore, the Lion City...?  (by Oscar) *
Singapore means Lion City in Sanskrit, named this by its founder Sang Nila Utama. Everybody would think that this city-state would have pretty lions,...

Singapore from Thai History  (by Boom)
Singapore was known first in the 3rd century by the Chinese. At that time, they called Singapore "Pulau Chung" (Island of the Cape), but...

Singapore is a fine city  (by Hendrik) *
"Singapore is a fine city" is a British saying whose double meaning implies the horrendous penalties for even the smallest offence. Vandalism, buying/selling/eating...

Why Singaporeans Pay Little Attention to Their Dress  (by Qilin)
Singaporeans pay little attention to their dress. The pedestrians you see on the street always dress in a simple and plain way. Colorful or chic style...

Two things I know about Singapore  (by Yuki) *
What I know about Singapore is that it is a South East Asian country and that its economy has grown very fast in the late 20th century. And about the...

The Singapore island resort of Sentosa  (by Jerry) *
Singapore is the city-state country which is surrounded by all types of skyscrapers. Wherever you go, you cannot be separated from the cement buildings...



Switzerland

The little I have heard about Switzerland  (by Uhur)
To put it frankly, I don't know much about Switzerland. In this following text are some facts that I can associate with Switzerland. They are always...

Small, but powerful  (by Hendrik) *
Switzerland is a direct neighbor of Germany, and German is also the main spoken language there. Unfortunately, people there have a very unique accent,...

Switzerland is different from the EU  (by Nao) *
Switzerland is different from other European countries. It doesn't have any allies, so it was independent during WWII and is not a member of the EU. Switzerland...

The Swiss Army Knife  (by Oscar) *
Many of us have heard about Switzerland because of an instrument that many people have been using for a long time, the Swiss Army Knife. The...

The people in Switzerland  (by David) *
I saw a lecture by a Chinese history professor of Tsinghua a few days ago. The lecture was about whether we are able to learn from history to predict the ...

The Story of the Swiss Watch  (by Leon) *
Switzerland is famous for its watches. However, this country didn't invent the watch. It was the British who did it. Here is a story of how the watch was...

The neutral country Switzerland  (by Yuki) *
What I know about Switzerland is that it is a neutral country and that there is a lot of diversity, so many languages, cultures, etc. Though in Switzerland...

Hornussen  (by Tomoko) *
What I imagine about Switzerland is the beautiful scenery of mountains, delicious cheese, the strict and trustful banks, and one of the famous permanently...

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN  (by Mike) *
I'm not very knowledgeable regarding Switzerland, but what I first thought about when I was thinking about it was the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN...

Something I know about Switzerland  (by Daniel) *
I don't know much about Switzerland. I just know about the watch industry and fondue. The Swiss people are serious. They are very proud of their watch ...

Enviable Welfare System in Switzerland  (by Qilin)
If one refers to the country which has the best welfare system, Switzerland will always be the answer. People who travel to Switzerland will not just...

Swiss-made watches  (by Boom)
Swiss watches are not only good for quality, but there are also a wide variety of styles to choose from as well. Both in terms of advanced manufacturing...

The Cheese Hot Pot of Switzerland  (by Jerry)
Swiss cheese to Switzerland dishes is like sauce to Chinese dishes. While there will be varieties of flavors of cheese, guests will feel tasteless even...



England

When the zombie apocalypse strikes...  (by Hendrik)
... it will hit England first, but the people will be prepared since by far the most zombie films come from here. In fact, a lot of horror films of all...

What I found from the Harry Potter series  (by Tomoko)
One of my goals for studying English was the "Harry Potter" series. When I was an elementary school student, I began to read this series in Japanese and ...

My experience of going to England  (by Daniel)
I went to England last year. But I didn't go there to travel. I participated in a robot competition. I stayed there for about 8 days to attend the robot...

The Queen of England  (by Oscar)
Have you ever noticed that, for every UK citizen in the world, The Queen is an untouchable, special, and very important person? Each time...

What time is it?  (by Jerry)
Ever since I was born, I have often heard that people talk about Standard Time. My teacher told me about Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Originally referred...

England Culture and Music  (by Nao)
Japanese people call The United Kingdom "Igirisu," which means "English," and regards the UK as one country. However, it consists of some countries, and...

The Angel Falling To The Earth -- Audrey Hepburn  (by Qilin)
Some celebrities will help label their countries and the same conclusion can be applied to Audrey Hepburn---an angel falling to the earth. Once England...

Madame Tussauds  (by Mike)
The picture above is actually not the real Bruce Willis, but rather a wax figure located at Madame Tussauds in London. I've never been to London and...

English People are not Unicorns  (by Nikki)
Despite having spent a grand total of five hours in England (due to layovers), I have quite an impression of England. In Oklahoma, at least, England...

The Iron Lady  (by Leon)
When someone talks about England, the first spark in my memory is one of the film that I saw before — The Iron Lady. It is about Marguerite Hilda Thatcher,...

London 2012 Olympic Games  (by Yuki)
Today, when I think about England, what hits up in my mind first is music, then "Harry Potter," and after that, The Olympic Games. I watched all the...

King or Queen of England  (by David)
To be honest, I am kind of envious that the UK has a king/queen. When I was small, I just thought that the king or queen was "useless," or just a symbol...

Liverpool vs. Manchester - why they are enemies  (by Boom)
The game of soccer, the most popular sport in the world, was created by the British. Also, the two best soccer teams ever in England are Liverpool...

Premier League  (by Uhur)
England is famous for various reasons: language, history, buildings (Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, etc.), etc. England is also famous for its football...



Canada

Canadian Ice Fishing  (by Nikki)
Only a few weeks ago, I watched a short video on Youtube of a few Canadian ice fishers. In the video, two women were dressed in full winter garb - scarves,...

Ice hockey!  (by Mike)
I'm not much for sports in general. I used to be really into both soccer and ice hockey as a kid, though, and ice hockey is a shared passion between Sweden...

Winter sports  (by Uhur)
When somebody talks about Canada, my first thoughts would be snow, ice hockey, skiing, etc. Winter sports! :) Ice hockey is a very interesting sport...

I Have a Promise with You in Canada  (by Leon)
This week, the topic is about Canada. I only know that “Canada is the second largest country in the world. It is larger than the USA and reaches nearly...

Canadian Maple  (by Daniel)
The national flag of Canada is a maple. I think a lot of people know it. I love the maple tree and maple leaf, because it's hard to see the maple leaf...

A beautiful country  (by David)
Canada is one of the few foreign countries that I am familiar with, because one of my cousin's family is in it. They told me the reason why they choose...

My trip to Canada  (by Nao)
As I said in our last class, I visited Saskatoon, which is a Canadian city, and stayed there with a Canadian family for two weeks. Saskatoon is called...

Canada as a place for living  (by Oscar)
I've been thinking about living in another country. I've searched about many of them, and the most interesting, in my opinion, is Canada. The official...

Leading an easy life in Canada  (by Qilin)
I have never been to Canada before and what I write is the feeling of my friends who are studying there. I just want to share their feelings. And if I...

Festivals in Canada  (by Jerry)
Canadian people take pride in their multicultural society which makes Canada different from other immigrant countries. So many local traditional festivals...

Endless land of Canada  (by Hendrik)
Canada is big....damn big - the second biggest country in the world to be exact. In comparison, the population density is quite small, so the thing Canada...

Geography class in school  (by Sotaro)
I think many Japanese students have a little information about Canada, because when we hold an entrance examination for university, we need to know about...

My image of Canada  (by Yuki)
Since I have never been there, I will write here my image of Canada. First, I think it is a really good place to live, and is one of the countries I...

Vancouver, a City for Living  (by Boom)
Vancouver is a relatively small city in British Columbia, and is the third largest in Canada. The development and rapid growth of all of the city makes...



Saudi Arabia

Americans vs. Saudi Arabia  (by Nikki)
As a whole, I would say many of the American people I know have a highly negative view of Saudi Arabia. It usually ranges from the oil crisis to their...

Saudi Arabia through the internet  (by Uhur)
Firstly, I can tell you that I didn't know basically anything about Saudi Arabia. So most of the information is from the internet and it may not be very...

Omotenashi in Saudi Arabia  (by Tomoko)
I have never been to Saudi Arabia, but I have a friend from Saudi Arabia. Before I met him, I did not have a clear image for there. I just had the strict...

Saudi Arabia and Arabic  (by Oscar)
Some time ago I was searching on the internet about the most difficult language in the world... I didn't remember that I already knew it...

Saudi Arabia  (by Hendrik)
To begin with, I don't know very much about this country. Sure, I've heard about the richness certain people have made, by drilling for one of the world's ...

Saudi Arabia in my eyes  (by Daniel)
To be honest, I don't know much about Saudi Arabia. When I'm thinking about Saudi Arabia, in my head just comes out the oil, desert, rich people, something...

How I knew the country Saudi Arabia  (by Yuki)
In my memory, the first time I knew Saudi Arabia was about 11 years ago, in 2002, the year of one of the biggest soccer tournaments, the FIFA World Cup ...

The little I know about Saudi Arabia  (by Mike)
To be honest, I know very little about Saudi Arabia. The western world tends to lump all of the middle east together and judge them based on the actions...

My views about Saudi Arabia  (by David)
Saudi Arabia is a very important country, but not a large country. My impression about it is limited to oil and its special political system. Everybody...

Saudi Arabia  (by Qilin)
When we are trying to comment on a country, preconceived notions always exist. Sometimes the things we regard as strange..

Saudi Arabia  (by Yuna)
First of all, I don't know so much about Saudi Arabia. Then, I'm going to tell you the matters I know now. First, Saudi Arabia is the petroleum country...

What I know about Saudi Arabia  (by Nao)
To tell the truth, I have no idea about what country Saudi Arabia is. My image of Saudi Arabia is oil money, soccer, and Muslims. It is an unbelievable...

Saudi Arabia  (by Jerry)
I have not been to Saudi Arabia. As far as I know, that is a wealthy country. They have a lot of oil and most of them are Islamic. It is the only nation...

I don’t know there very much  (by Sotaro)
I don’t hear Saudi Arabia many times. I can hear this name when we have a soccer game. Because Japan and Saudi Arabia sometimes have soccer games, so I...

Child Labor in Saudi Arabia  (by Leon)
Child labor is one of the most serious human rights issues of our time. Although child labor rates have been decreasing since 2006 at a much slower rate...

Blue diamond, the diamond of curse  (by Boom)
Stealing the Diamond Dynasty Faisal of Saudi Arabia (Blue diamond) in 1989 (known as the case of the diamond jewelry theft of the Saudi royal family) by...



America:

The US in my eyes  (by David)
To be honest, I am not sure about whether the impression in my mind is real or distorted. My impression about the US comes from classes and news. Movies...

America—Reflected from US TV Series  (by Leon)
It is a pity that I have not been to the United States of America so far. Because when I was the age that I can remember things, I have been told that...

My holidays in the U.S.A.  (by Yuki)
America is one of the countries I like. There are many theme parks such as Disney World and Universal Studios, also known in Japan, and it has a lot of...

USA, the land of unlimited possibilities...  (by Hendrik)
This is still a famous slogan that comes from a time of a golden age of economy and wealth, where even the poorest man could build up an industrial empire...

My trip to Philadelphia  (by Nao)
When I was a baby, I was in Philadelphia for two years. I went there last summer to see the place where I lived. Philadelphia was the first capital...

America  (by Uhur)
The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about America, is the film and entertainment industry. American music is played on basically every local...

Gospel Music  (by Tomoko)
Do you like listening to music? What kind of music do you like....pop, rock, classic, or other? 2 weeks ago, I went to my friend's concert. She is...

I want to visit America  (by Sotaro)
I have never visited America and I have met people who came from America for the first time last month. So I don’t know about America very well. All my...

American music  (by Oscar)
When I hear America... the first thing that comes into my mind is the Nu Metal band Slipknot. I remember how rock has developed so fast since the...

Chicken Fried Steak  (by Nicole)
One of my absolute favorite American southern dishes is chicken fried steak. It is a wonderfully delicious meal usually consisting of beef, which is then...

The birthplace of jazz music  (by Yuna)
I love jazz music. The city of New Orleans in America is the birthplace of jazz music. Why was jazz music born in America? In the 19th century, there...

America, the land of stereotypes  (by Mike)
American media is extremely popular all over the world and since I have not been there yet, it is also what my mind goes to when I think about America...

Professional Sports Leagues in America  (by Daniel)
I think I am a sports guy. Even though I'm not doing sports stuff every day, I am interested in the sports news every day, like baseball or basketball...

Sports entertainment  (by Boom)
I love to play sports and my favorite is basketball. It's very famous in America. This country makes sports to be an entertainment, for example in the...

America  (by Toshiki)
I hardly know America, but it's one of the biggest countries in some points: size, population, influence, etc. Thanks to it, there are a lot of people...

My travel to Disneyland in the USA  (by Jerry)
USA is the birthplace for fairy tales and Disneyland is one of them. I went to Disneyland in the USA. It is an exaggerated big one. One day is not enough...

My impression of Americans  (by Qilin)
Americans always follow the rules, but are warm-hearted at the same time. If you are in a queue, but you have to leave for some reason, someone will help...















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