Todd: So Heidi, I was talking with my friend and he actually lives in Mongolia now and he says it's a great place. He recommended that I go there. So if I go to Mongolia, what season is the best season to go?
Todd: In the fall?
Heidi: Yes, because in the fall we have a celebration called Naadam and that's the best time to go. And you get to see horse racing and archery and wrestling and so many tourist come to Mongolia at that time.
Todd: Okay, now in your city, what is one food I should definitely try?
Heidi: Well I would say khuushuur.
Heidi: Yeah, khuushuur.
Todd: Wow. khuushuur?
Heidi: Yes. Everyone loves it. And for me, I love it too. It looks like dumpling but fried and it's more bigger and inside is meat.
Todd: So it's like a dumpling and inside it's meat.
Todd: So outside, the dumpling part, it is like bread or is it like…
Heidi: It's a flour, yeah.
Todd: Like a flour-based…
Todd: Okay, now Mongolia is quite famous for meat, correct? So, what is probably the most popularmeat?
Todd: So not chicken, not fish…?
Heidi: We don't really eat chicken and we don't eat fish. Well, we have a river fish. It's like really delicious but then we don't have sea so seafood is not popular at all.
Todd: So people mainly eat beef.
Todd: So when I'm there in your country, what place should I go to. Like, what should I see?
Heidi: Probably, [it's] better to go to the countryside because if you go to Ulan Bator it's just the same as other cities — other cities around the world. But the countryside is a whole different world. And the countryside is where you can see the Mongolian tent and horses, like, Nomadic places like where people live in the outside. That's the best place for foreigners to go.
Todd: Is there anything I should buy? Like, what would be a good souvenir or gift from your country?
Heidi: Well, in the department stores they have sections for Mongolian traditional gifts and stuff so probably you can get the tent — a small tent.
Todd: A little tent?
Heidi: Yeah, and then if you open the door you can actually see all the furniture is inside it. So it's kind of interesting.
Todd: Wow, like a little doll house?
Todd: Okay, wow, it sounds good. I hope to go.
Todd: So, Nydja, you actually just got into graduate school. So you know all about the applicationprocess.
Nydja: Yes, that's correct. I just got into grad school. I study International Relations. The process for this school wasn't too tedious. It didn't require a GRE or any long essays or too many references. The other schools that I was considering required the tests. High test scores. An application to be submitted three, four months in advance, so the process can be pretty tedious.
Todd: Now, each time that you applied, did you have to pay an application fee?
Nydja: Yes, some colleges I was looking at upwards of a hundred and fifty dollars. This one was less expensive. It's a smaller school.
Todd: Wow! A hundred and fifty dollars!
Todd: So that limits how many schools you can apply to?
Nydja: Yeah, depending on your funds, so I actually like this program and despite having researched everything else, I chose to stick with this one. I only applied for one and they let me in.
Todd: Oh, so you just went solo?
Nydja: Yeah, I did. I did. I looked at this college, their plan for international travel and I fell in love so nowhere else had this program.
Todd: Yeah, what's the school?
Nydja: Webster University. The International Relations program.
Todd: And where is it?
Nydja: It's in Bangkok.
Todd: So, you said that for your program, you didn't have to take a test, like the GRE ?
Nydja: No, I did not have to take the GRE. No, I haven't taken it yet.
Nydja: Cause, I'm sure it has a math component that I don't want to have to worry about.
Todd: You're not a math person?
Nydja: No, I'm not.
Todd: So the GRE is what, just math and language?
Nydja: You know I'm not really sure. I know it's kind of like the SAT. They want to look at how … what is your potential when you get to grad school, so I think it does have maybe a composition section, you know, critical thinking, math analysis questions with numbers.
常用日常英语对话：The Economy for Europeans
Alex: So Maria, you've seen a lot of the stuff that's been happening recently in Europe and you know that things have not exactly gone very well. What do you think are the, what's the outlook for Denmark in the future? Do you think you guys will do well or…?
Maria: I don't think we'll do that well because I'm from a generation where we, like my generation, we had it very well. We had a very good, we could choose whatever job we wanted, we could still choose whatever education we wanted if we're smart enough at least. We get paid from the Government to study. I get a lot of money every month. I still do even though I am on exchange just to study so compared to other countries where it is a privilege to study, we just, if we feel like it we'll study and we might wait a little but now they're saying that we're this luxury generation, that we're not used to working hard and I can recognize that because I'm not used to working for anything.
So when we begin to struggle finding jobs because we have like a high rate of unemployment, especially for young people, people who graduate usually they wait. If you don't have a very specificeducation, doctors I think are OK, people like that, but if you have a humanistic education, you might have to wait more than a year to find a job. My sister's graduating now and she is like dying because she has a fear for that. When she graduates with her social European studies, she will have a very hard time finding anything. So I think the biggest problem is the personality of the Danish youth because we are not used to having to do anything and now we have to because the environment has changed in Europe.
I don't know economically because we still have a lot of like huge enterprises and we have a lot of, the way we're placed we have pretty good connections with America and we're in Europe. We have like the whole of Europe around us and of course we, as a part of Scandinavia, we have good connections with like we have some more than just connections with Sweden and Norway, we are like, I don't know, closer than we would have been for example Germany which actually Denmark is situated on Germany so we have the link to Germany but we're still closer to Sweden. So we will probably manage but we will have to change economically and this might be a problem that we're getting a socialist government at the moment. I think it's great because I love it that we have it this way but we might get in economic trouble, difficulties, so I am probably going to have a harder time than my parents. It's got to work, it's going to help that I'm studying business though because I can always just work in another country, Australia for example, but yeah I don't know, the future is vague.