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Germany.

Meet a class of kids from Germany. These 11--and 12-year-old students go to the Schiller Schule in Frankfurt am Main.

Frankfurt: A city of 700,000 people which is a similar size to Edmonton Winnipeg and Quebec City. Frankfurt, however, is much older-merchants travelled to market here as early as the 11th century.

Germany: A country in Europe with a population of 30 million people (Canada is 32 million).

If you have your own questions for this class, you can contact them at:

Snail mail:

Form 6c

Schillerschule

Morgensternstr. 3

60596 Frankfurt

Germany

Email: info@schillerschule.de

Q When does your school day begin?

A Our school day begins at 7:45 and ends at 1:00. Sometimes school ends at 2:30 or 3:00 when we do activities together like swimming, art, chess or football (soccer). We also go rowing on the Main. The Main is the big, dirty river that flows through Frankfurt.

Q What language do you speak at school?

A At school we speak German, but some students speak Chinese, Italian, Turkish, English or Croatian at home.

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Q Describe a typical home for the students

A Frankfurt is a big and crowded city, so only nine of the students live in houses. The other 22 live in apartments.

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Q What do' do after school?

A Six of the boys play soccer and eight of the girls go to dance lessons. Five of the students often go rowing after school. There is even one baseball player and one road hockey player in the class, but these aren't popular sports in Germany.

More than half of the students are learning to play a musical instrument. The class has one violinist, one clarinet player, six guitarists and nine piano players.

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Q What do you like to spend money on?

A All of us buy lots of CDs--pop, hip hop, and R&B are all popular here. We also like to buy new clothes, shoes, DVDs, Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards and tickets to football (soccer) and American football games. (Frankfurt has an American-style football team called the Frankfurt Galaxy.)

Q What is a trendy look for kids in Frankfurt?

A We like Puma, Nike or Adidas shoes. We all like to wear jeans and pullovers. The colour blue and stripes are in fashion right now.

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Q What are your favourite bands and movies?

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A Music is very important to everyone in the class. International stars like Eminem, Anastacia, and Avril Lavigne are very popular, but so are German bands like Die Fantastischen Vier, Silbermund, JoJo and No Angels.

The class likes to watch American TV shows like Gilmore Girls and The Simple Life. Everyone watches Deutschland Sucht ein Superstar [the German version of Canadian Idol].

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Q What are your favourite foods?

A Like the rest of the world, we adore pizza and pasta. We also like doner, a hot Turkish wrap with meat, salad vegetables and sauce that is very typical fast food. It can be purchased from street kiosks across Germany.
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Title Annotation:World Class
Author:Baggott, Kate
Publication:Kidsworld Magazine
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Mar 22, 2006
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