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Speaking Exchange: Brazilian Students Connect With Elderly Americans

A Brazilian student speaks with an American senior in this screenshot from a video about the program. (Screenshot)

A Brazilian student speaks with an American senior in this screenshot from a video about the program. (Screenshot)

A language school in Brazil is connecting its students to the elderly in Chicago, so the students can practice their English online. The promotional video for the “Speaking Exchange” program has gone viral because the kids and seniors are developing relationships.

Promotional video for the 'Speaking Exchange'

Transcript

ROBIN YOUNG, HOST:

It's HERE AND NOW.

Sweet story. A language school in Brazil is connecting its students to the elderly in Chicago so the kids can practice their English.

(SOUNDBITE OF VIDEO)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: I live with my old brother. He has 23 years.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: Do you know instead of saying he has 23 years, you could say he is 23 years old?

YOUNG: But the Speaking Exchange Program video has gone viral because the kids and the seniors are becoming friends.

(SOUNDBITE OF VIDEO)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: This is your dad?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: That's me and my wife when we were young.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Oh, you were good looking when you were young, and you're still good looking.

If you could just dream and have whatever you want, what do you think you would like to be doing?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: I see myself in big family, no? With a beautiful wife. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


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  • jonathanpulliam

    Ai, que bonitinha essa garota. Eu tou a fim de bater papo com ela ! ; )

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