As part of the Language and Culture blog series which is being compiled with the much appreciated help of students at the Abendgymnasium Wien, we intend to give voices to people of varying ages and origins, both linguistically and culturally, to share the role language plays in their lives. It is our hope that this will spark interest in the study of language and the way we relate to one another, regardless of our background.
My name is Sulaf.
I’m 19 and I live in Vienna, the capital of Austria.
I am a third semester student at Abendgymnasium Wien.
Originally I come from Syria and I am of Kurdish origin.
Before I came to Vienna I lived in Tyrol for 3 years.
I have a sister and a brother.
My Dad is a police officer and my Mum works as an English and Arabic teacher.
I’m interested in science, music and sport.
I love sport and I have played basketball since I was 12 years old.
I also go swimming and running very often.
I love fantasy literature.
I read fantasy books and magazines, watch action and horror films.
Once every week I meet my friends and we spend time together.
I love winter and my favorite colour is blue.
My dream is to study either medicine, or law and to go to America.
I love everything associated with this country and I hope that in the future I will learn more languages.
I really want to go to America and stay there for as long as I can.
I want to get a job there as a doctor or a lawyer.
I like rice very much.
I very often cook at home and I can bake good cakes, because I lived in Turkey for 3 years.
There I also went to school for one year and then I worked in a big company where sweets and cakes are made and then sold to customers.
I learned new things everyday and so I have become quite a good baker especially when it comes to sweets and cakes.
Bildnachweis: Sulaf Bilal (privat)
Explicit consent for publication obtained from Sulaf Bilal on 17th Dec 2020.