Hello, let's get acquainted!

Steven O'Donnell - USA - external image us.jpg
Project Description
Our group is made up of 10th grade secondary students. Our first language is English, but several of them have taken or are currently studying French and Spanish as a second language. The course studies all of the regions of the world so we are looking for ePals to have meaningful cultural exchanges as we progress through our units. We would like to email frequently about current issues and cultural topics relevant to their age group. In the end we also hope to have a video conference with the groups we are in contact with to exchange visual cultural elements we have discussed. Thanks for your time and we hope to learn from you in the future.

Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

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Evgenia Budenkova - Russia - external image ru.jpg
Project Description
Siberian State Aerospace University is a technical organization established in 1960. Our students (country: Russia, language: Russian, age range: 16-20) major in exact sciences and their minor is English. They are technicians, that's why their the language acquisition is not high. They have very little experience in international cooperation on wiki platform. We'll be glad to participate in multicultural projects and communicate with students from all over the world. Let's cooperate!

Krasnoyarsk, Krasnoyarsk region, Russia

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Social Aspect – 1st email


Task 1. Write letters to your epals and then answer the following questions:

What do your e-pals do with their spare time? Do they play sports, what hobbies do they have, what type of music do they listen to and any other questions you might have? How is the school structured? What is the process to get a driver’s license? How is their family structured?

Task 2. Create a Venn Diagram on the topic "The differences and the same things between Russians and Americans" using the info from your epals' letters as in th example


This is a Venn Diagram. We're pretty sure that you want to ask what it is.So a Venn Diagram compares, or shows what is the same, and contrasts, or shows what is different by writing inside the circles. Please answer the questions, below. Then on the Venn Diagram compare what is the same by filling in the middle part of the two circles and what is different by filling in the outside of the circles: Left side for Russia and the right side for the U.S.A.
Here are the questions to cover the topic:
1). What is your favorite food?
2). What do you like to do in your free time?
3). How many hours do you spend in school/university?
4). What is your favorite subject in school/university?
5). What class do you find the hardest?
6). What is your favorite sport?
7). What do you like to do in your free time?
8). What kind of music do you like?
9). Do you wear uniforms to school/university?

Students' letters:

Hello, my name is Ryan, I am 15 years old, and I am a male. I also like sports and get good grades. i was wondering how you say hello in Russian and what an Aerospace school. TTYL (if you didnt know, thats American slang for Talk To You Later)

Hello my name is Cody and I'm 15 years old. I am a male. I also like to play sports. I was wondering what an Aerospace school is.

Hello my name is Matt, I am a 15 year old male. I am a 10th grader and I go to Seneca highschool. I currently bowl in a league in my home town. Do you play any sports? Well, my teacher told me that you are at an Aerospace school, can you please explain to me what that is? I actually recently moved to Seneca, and this is better than the school I used to go to. So, I hope you have fun doing this, and I hope we can both learn things about eachother.

Hello. My name is Josh. I live in the United States. I am in 10th grade in high school. I play soccer and asketball. I heard you go to and aerospace school. What does that mean? I like to hang out with friends and significant others. Do you play any sports? I saw on your wiki space that you like fashionable things and nothing old fashion. That is pretty cool. What kind of music do you like? I like to listen to country music and also hip-hop music. What are some of your hobbies. What grade of school are you in? I cannot wait until i get to communicate with you more.

Hello my name is Gus and I live in the North East part of America. I live in Erie, Pennsylvania with my sister, mom, dad, and cousin. I am a 10th grader in high school. I am a male and I like to play soccer and basketball. I really like hanging out with my friends especially when I'm not in school. I heard you go to an aerospace school or something like that. What exactly is that? Sorry I'm not good with Russian names so I don't know if you are a boy or a girl. Do you like to play sports and how old are you? I also like to listen to music like rock and roll. What kind of music do you listen to?

Hey my names Nate i go to senca highschool and live in PA.. I am 15 and am in 10 nth grade. I really like sports like soccer basketball and swimming. i also snowboard during the winter and we have some long winters. I am a male. i like hangin with my friends. i c u do like greece i have read a couple books about ancient greece.. haha the percy jackson series says some stuff bout greek mytholigy.. hey sorry but i havent heard many russian names so can u let me now if your a guy or girl. Do u like to play sports? How old are u?

Hey my name is Ben I am a male I go to seneca high school. I'm 15 years old I have two dogs and I hunt and fish. I am from Erie, Pennsylvainia we go on Lake Erie for fun and ski. I am looking forward to talking to you and getting to know you.

hi, my name is Jason. I am a 15 year old male. I go to Seneca High School, and I am in 10th grade. I play American football for my school. I live in Erie, Pennsylvania. I like to snowboard in the winter. I am looking forward to talking to you and finding out more about you.

My name is Katie T. A female of the age of 15. How old are you? Male or Female? I play basketball, volleyball, and I run track. Sports teams are my life! Do you do any sports? My school is wattsburg area school district in PA, it is in the country so there are many open feilds with farm animals. My favorite food is chicken salad or buffola chicken pizza. yum yum! Our food is very delicous.... how is yours? If you have any questions just let me know I will be glad to help you. I love hanging with my friends and having a fun time. When you email me back tell me all about yourself! If your familiar with the Great Lakes I live near one of them. Its called Lake Erie. I enjoy the Lake very much! I wakeboard, kneeboardig, and waterskiing. During the winter I enjoy snowboarding. I have a mother and father, two brothers, and a cat. Do you have any pets or siblings?
Anyway... enough about me let me know about you! Let me know anything and I will ask you questions about your culture and you can ask me about mine! (:
tata for now.

Hello my name is Kyle I'm 15 years old and i am a male.I am in 10th grade. I like to play soccer and I pole vault for track and feild. I like to play video games with my four friends. My School is south of Lake Erie, and it is in Erie PA. My enigsh is not the greatest even though i am american :P

Hi Ergeniy! My name is Elizabeth and I am a girl. Are you a boy or girl? I am 15 years old. How old are you? What's up? This is really kinda cool I guess lol (laugh out loud). So what is an Arrow Space School? I have no idea what that is to be honest.
Somethings about me is I like to go horseback riding every night on the horse I own, and I also like to milk cows on the dairy farm I live on. I have four dogs they are a rottweiler, german shepheard, basset hound and a mini dasherhound. I love fast cars and jacked up trucks. My friends and I also have mudfights which are a lot of fun. I like to be outside and go fishing/hunting. I listen to heavy metal rock/ rock n roll and a little bit of country music. So, what are somethings about you? What types of music do you like to listen to? Well I hope to hear from you soon!
Toddles, Elizabeth

Hello, my name is Kamron I am a male. I am 15 years old. How are you doing, I am very exited to learn about your culture and traditions. We (my class and I) live in Erie PA.
I love to play American Football it is my favourite thing to do. I also like to listen to country music. I like to read books by Ernest Hemingway and Jules Vern. What is your universty like? Our public highschool is very fun.

Kamron Brace

Hello Maxim,
My name is Courteney and i am a girl. I have light brown hair and brown eyes. I will be turning 16 in the next month. How old are you? I play soccer, softball, and basketball. Do you play any sports? I love chocolate. What is your favorite food? I have many friends that share the same interests as me. I am currently taking honors and advanced placement courses in school. Where I live you can see grape vines and apple orchards everywhere. I have one brother and one dog. Do you have any siblings or animals? For fun around my house i ski and sled in the snow. During the summer i play soccer and swim. My weekends include sporting events and I attend church on Sunday mornings. My favorite song is "OMG" by Usher. Feel free to ask me anything you want! Im looking forward to getting a message back from you!

Hey, my name is Rebecca, Becca for short. I'm female, and 14 years old. I'll be 15 in about a week. I have a bother who will be 28 on Sunday. I'm doing this for my 10th grade World Cultures class.
I enjoy spending time with friends, I don't play any sports. I play piano and take voice lessons, music is a big part of my life. I like to listen to many types of music, mostly Country. I don't watch much TV but when I do, my favorite shows are The Sectret Life, Pretty Little Liars, and The Lying Game.
One day I'd like to own my own business, in interior decorating. If I had a choice I would like live in New York City, New York. Right now I live in Wattsburg, Pennsylvania. Wattsburg is a really small city, in Erie County. We don't have many neighbors, there are lots of feilds and farms.

Becca :)

Hello Savin,
My name is Carey and I am a girl. I am excited for this project and I can't wait to get to know you. I am 15 years old and i play soccer and softball.Do you play any spots? My favorite color is purple and I love chocolate. Where I live you can see fields of corn on both sides of the road. I have one brother, one sister, two nephews, and a niece. I have a black labrador puppy. Do you have any siblings or pets? My favorite season is summertime because I am constantly outside. I like to swim, kayak, and sail on Lake Erie. In the wintertime I snowboard with all my friends. My favorite movie is "The Shawshank Redemption". What is your favorite movie? Im excited to know more about you.

Hello Mironova,
My name is Keegan. I am so excited to start epaling with you! I am 15 years old and a female. I have heard that you go to an aerowspace school, and I was wondering what that was. I just now checked out your wikipace site, and it makes me interested in learning more about you. I have dark brown hair and blue/green eyes.
My family consists of my mother, father, two half sisters and one half brother. They are from my dads previous marriage. I also have another brother who is 17. I have one niece and one nephew. My sister is going to have a baby in one week! They don't know what sex the baby will be; they are going to have it be a surprise. The thing about my family is that we are living in all different places in the United States. I live in Pennsylvania. My two sisters live in Iowa, my brother lives in Illinois, and my niece lives in Ohio. This lets my family travel about two times a year to these states, only it is sad not being able to see them all the time. What is your family like?

:) Hello, Prygun!
My name is Rachelle, and am 15 years old, and am a female. It's so cool, that we get to learn about your culture, and you are learning English from me. Are you a female or a male? How old are you?
I will tell you about myself, I like to listen to Korn, Rammestein, Lil Wayne, Disturbed,and Marilyn Manson,Nicki Minaj, and Maroon 5.
I absolutly love camaro's, that are green, and black, those are really nice cars. I love dogs, and also diesel trucks. Do you have favorite pet?

Rachelle Cool

Hi, my name is Megan and I am a girl.I play soccer for the school, and I love every minute if it. I am a defender and I play soccer when ever I get the chance. I love hanging out with friends on the weekend, and spending time with my family.
I love the weather here, because it is mostly cold all the time. If I could travel anywhere in the world I would go to Alaska, becasue of the weather, and I love the outdoors, and the open space. Where I live there are a lot of farms ,and fields. Many people around here like to go mudin' on the weekends, and ride four-wheelers.
I have two sisters, one is in college and the other is in 4th grade. I listen to Christian music, and sometimes Counrty. I love the show N.C.I.S, and Law and Order SVU. I am really excited to do this project and can't wait to hear from you, and learn more about you! :)

Hey my name is Mike and i am a male. I am 15 years old and i am a sophmore in high school. I like to hunt, fish, playing American football, basketball, weightlifting, snowboarding,track and feild, wakeboarding,hang out with my friends and listening to music. I live in Erie Pennsylvania and the weather is not very nice here. I want to know what I you like to do for fun and extraciricular activities, what kind of music do you listen to and have you ever snowoarded, what kind of food do you like to eat. I am looking forward to getting to learn more about you and your country.

My name is David Burkett, I am 15 years old and I live with my parents and one sister. I am from Wattsburg, Pennsylvania. I go to Seneca Highschool and I am in tenth grade. My favorite subject is math. I enjoy playing baseball and fishing for trout. I like to travel with my family to different places across the United States.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and I am intrigued to know more about the Aerospace school you go to.

Привет! My name is Ben McGill. I'm very excited about this program! I'm 15 years old, and I live in Erie, Pennsylvania, and I am a Sophomore at Seneca High School. I participate in a few extra curricular activities. I throw discus and shotput in Track and Field, I am in the school play, the school's marching band, and French Club. I'm very interested in Russia and your life and how it compares to my life in the United States.
Can't wait for your reply, and am excited to talk to you! :)

Hello!My name is Marina. I am nineteen years old. I am from Russia. Now I am a second year student of the Siberia State Aerospace University, Institute of Information and Telecommunications.

My wiki

What is your name? How old are you?
Where are you from? Where you study?

Hello, my dear friend!
I will be glad to communicate with you. Let me introduce myself. My name is Dmitry. I'm a second year student of the SibSAU, institute of Information and Telecommunications. I want to deal with a person who is from a country, where the English language is native.
I want to tell you about myself. I am a sporty and mobile person. I like to travel. I was in Vladivostok, which is the eastern biggest port in Russia and in St. St. Petersburg. Besides, I love sport. I am a sportsman. My favourite kind of sport is basketball. What kind of sports are popular in your country and town?
What is more, I like watch films and listen to music. What music do you prefer?
I hope that you will be a positive and curious person. It will be interesting to know your hobbies. I`d like to learn a lot of new things about different countries from letters and I`d like to discuss some new information about countries and towns. I believe, you will be interested in my hobbies. And what hobbies do you have?
I am sure that our communication will be nice and useful for us. I did not communicate with a person from a foreign country.
The opportunity to find a pen friend makes me happy.
Also you can visit
http://surindm.wikispaces.com/ to know more about me.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Hi Megan thanks for the letter.
My name is Roman, I am from Russia. I am 18 years old. I am a second year student student of the Siberian State Aerospace University. I like sport too. I go to jym, at last I was rugby player, judo wrestler, and kick-boxer. At my free time i like ride on the car, with my friends, or walking somewhere. The weather at the Siberia is also cold, all summer was cold and rainy, but at the September it was warm. Do you have some awards at football?

My city is Krasnoyarsk and it is very beautiful, we have many exciting places, with amazing views: more then 100 fountains, 'Stolby' natural reserve park, waterside of the 'Enisey' river. Where are you from, what is your place of living? Is there some beautiful places in your city?
Besides my studying, i work as a security-guard. I live alone. so thats why i need work. Do you live with your parents?

I like Hip-Hop music and all it's directions, and hate rock. Can you call your favourite music groups?
I don't like watch TV, and play computer games.

I also glad to take part at this project, and wait impatiently for your answer ;)


Hi, Becca! My name is Vasily. I’m happy to have an
opportunity to chat with someone from another country
and I hope that this communication will bring fresh
impressions and will help to know something new.
I'm 18 years old. I live in Krasnoyarsk, 350 years
old Russian million population city placed on Enisey
river. Here are a lot of attractions: city chapel,
hydro power plant, natural reserve “Stolby”, many
100-120 years buildings. What are the sights of your
place of living? Maybe, it’s even more picturesque
than old Siberian city. :) I like sports, espesially
cycling, skiing and volleyball. I’m a second year
student of Siberian State Aerospace university, one
of largest universities of the region. There I
cognize different techical subjects and every half-
year I pass exams. By the way, what exams does
american pupil pass in school and how many times? Is
it difficult to pass exam in school?
I almost forgot, this is my wikispaces page, there is
some information about me:

Waiting for your anwser, Vasily. :)

Hello my american friend.
My name is Aleksey. I'm a nineteen years old. I'm from Russia. I'm a student.
I like listening to music. I haven't got a favorite band. Like every teenager, I've been playing computer games. My favorite genres are RPG,strategy and MMORPG. My favorite games are "World of Warcraft", "Diablo 2", "Starcraft" and "Need For Speed".
I like sport. I played football for six years. I stopped playing. Now I see online broadcasts on the Internet. My favorite football clubs are Manchester United and Bayern Munich. My favorite football teams are England and Germany.
And could you tell me about yourself?
-What do you do with your spare time?
-What hobbies do you have?
-What type of music do you listen to?
-What is your favorite band?
-Do you have a brother or sister?
-What is your favorite computer game?
-Do you like to read?What is your favorite book?
-What is your favorite film?

P.S I think we will be friends and our communication will be interesting.
This is my wikispaces

Hi! My name is Alena. I'm 18 years. I'm glad that you
wrote me! I learn in the Siberian State Aerospace
University, my proffesion is Bachelor of
Telecommunication! My wiki is
zubekxina.wikispaces.com You can to look it!
What city do you live? What sities have you already
visited?What do you know any russian words? If it's
yes,do you write please?) I have interest!
I'm waiting for your letter!

Hello,nice to meet you too. My name is Ksenia. I am a female. I am 18 and I'm studying at university now. I really like sports like swimming and diving.
I am really like Greece and my dream is to go round the world trip.
What music do you like? What is your dream?
P.S. It is my wiki
http://ksenia93.wikispaces.com/ join here.)

Hello peoples!!111
My name is Max. I'm 18 years old. I'm learning in the first year in Siberian State Aerospace University. I like listening to music, watching movies, hanging out with friends on the street, playing computer games. I like music band «Asking Alexandria», «Sum41», «Led Zeppelin». Of the movies I'm prefer comedies. My favorite movies is «The Hangover 1-2», «Inception», «Limitless» and TV series «Supernatural». My favorite computer games is an online games. It is Counter-Strike and World Of Warcraft.

Interested? Go!

My wiki link: http://medveput.wikispaces.com