Parts of two interviews are shown here. The interviewers are first-year students of English at the Free University in Amsterdam.


The video below shows an interview with a British couple near the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam.

The video starts with four student girls on their way to do the interviews. Then we see two of them, Virginia and Karen, approaching a couple near the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam.

Transcript:

(Virginia and Karen spot potential interviewees)Virginia: Hello, excuse me…
Man: O, hello.
Virginia: Can we ask you some questions?
Man: Certainly.
Karen: Are you British?
Man: We are, yes.
Virginia: Wonderful, we have some questionnaires. It's from the University here. And we are doing a project on, uh, different cultures and something like that. We have to interview some people. Okay, thank you.
How proud are you to be a British citizen?
Karen: From 1 to 5.
Man: A two, it's not a big issue for me. You know, it's, you know, I don't think … You know, we are sort of Europeans as well, and you know, it's… That's my point of view. I'm not, you know, incredibly proud, but it's obviously where I was born and it's my country.
Virginia: Yeah, okay
A question about jumping a queue. What would you do if you were waiting in a shop or in front of a museum and somebody jumped the queue, going in front of you. What would you do? Ignore it, make a loud comment to another person in the queue, talk to the person who'd done it, barge the queue in front of them, or something else?
Man: I would say to the shop assistant I was next, and yeah, not to the person too, you know. You would still point out that that person who pushed in front of you; but you also get served - when you should have been served.
Virginia: Yeah, so don't address them directly.
Man: No, no.
Karen: Okay.
Virginia: Uh.
Karen: Do you agree that people should not show their emotions in public? We mean like anger, or sadness on a scale from 1 to 5. 1 being strongly agreeing.
Man: O, all right, oh right, okay.
Woman: It depends on the situation, doesn't it? Midway then, 3.
Man: Yeah, three.
Virginia: Neither agree nor disagree.
Karen: And why?
Man: Sometimes, I don't know…
Woman: It depends on the situation.
Man: Something could make you very angry and some things can make you laugh out loud. You, it could be a funny film that you see, that could make you laugh.
Virginia: Okay. Do you agree that people should not kiss and hug in the street when they are middle-aged?
Woman + man: haha
Man: Good question.
Virginia: Same again, strongly agree, agree or something like that.
Man: A well, I think it's fine, yeah, if they are middle-aged. If they are, the people still obviously love their partner, or erm, it could be a case where that couple, although they are older they have only just met and I think that's quite acceptable.
Karen: So you strongly disagree then?
Man: With the question, yeah

 

This video shows an interview with a British man leaving the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam.

The video starts with two students, Linda and Nezjma, approaching two possible interviewees who turn out not to be British. Then they find someone who is.

Transcript:

(Man leaving Anne Frank house)

Nezjma: Hi, can we ask you some questions? We're students from the university here, and we're doing a project about intercultural communication.
Linda: Are you British?
Man: No
Nezjma: Ok, well this is a project about the British society, so thank you.
Linda: Thanks anyway

(German boy leaving Anne Frank house)
Nezjma: Excuse me, are you British?
Boy: Können Sie das bitte in Deutsch sagen? (Could you please say that in German?)
Nezjma: Oh no, you're not British, we're doing a project about the British society so thank you for your time.
Linda: Danke

Interview with man
Nesjma + Linda: Hi
Nezjma: Excuse me, we're from the university here and we're doing a project about intercultural communication.
Linda: Yeah are you British?
Man: Yes I am
Nezjma: Ok good, could we ask you some questions?
Man: Yes certainly
Linda: How proud are you to be a British citizen? On a scale of like very proud, or not proud at all.
Man: I, I don't know whether I am, uhm..
Nezjma: Are you like very proud, or quite proud?
Man: No. not really, I'm not really proud to be English, I just am.
Nezjma: Why is that?
Linda: Any comments?
Man: I think, if I see, sometimes if I see something good happening, then I think: oh that's kinda nice that we did that, but also if I see something I don't like, well for example the war, I don't like the war, so I'm not very proud about Iraq.