Shortcut: An Ear for the Past - an Eye for the Future (pp. 264-265)

In her spare time she plays traditional music, at school she is studying to make the world of tomorrow a healthier place.
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The City of Galway is situated on the western coast of Ireland. It is Thursday afternoon and Youth of Europe are on our way to meet 16-year-old Shannon O’Hara. When we find her, she is standing on the street with two others playing traditional music.

The young and the old
     – Welcome to Galway! Shannon says. She then tells us that the instrument he is playing is called tin whistle. She also tells us that playing traditional folk music is not something that makes her old-fashioned.
     – I suppose we Irish enjoy our folk music more than many other people, she says. – Even young people like myself. But of course, most young Irish listen to hip hop and rock.

A purpose in life
Like most European 16-year-olds, Shannon goes to school. A year ago she chose Health and Social Care Studies.
     – It is really the thing for me. Lots of challenges. Lots of different tasks. Lots of exciting job opportunities.
     This year, Shannon has become more and more interested in nutrition.

The sweetest melody
Finally, we ask Shannon if he has a special one in his life, a boyfriend, for example.
     – Well, he doesn't know yet that I'm interested in him. But yeah, there’s this guy  in my class…

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These statements are false. Correct them!

  1. Galway is on the Eastern coast of Ireland.
  2. Shannon is sketching portraits on the street.
  3. Most young Irish listen to traditional music.
  4. At school, Shannon is doing Health and Social Care Studies, but feels it was the wrong choice.
  5. Shannon has a boyfriend.