Chile is a country of South America. It’s a very beautiful country; the population of Chile is around 17 million. Every country has its own culture, traditions and life style. Mr. Brain Ramir Pérez is working as a Journalist in Chile, he is established in an early age and working with the foreign media on the basis of his talent. This interview of Mr. Brian Ramir Pérez will give you interesting information about Chile. I’m so much thankful to him for this interview.
Q: Please tell me about yourself, studies, activities and hobbies?
Ans: I’m Brian, from Chile, I’m 24 years old but I look young, very young. I’m technician in Tele-communication and interpreter translator in English and Spanish by profession. I’m a foreign coin collector and a DX listener also I do Satellite DX.
Q: Please tell something about the education system of Chile and school life in Chile?
Ans: You have to be lucky or rich to get a good education in Chile. Education have a low quality in all levels, also the universities are very expensive, if you are poor the only way you can study is getting a Beca or with credit. Junior school and high school is free, in state school 12 years is mandatory to everyone. Differences are big between state school and pay school; rich people pay for better education, because that Chile is famous for the student’s movement, with strikes and public demonstration all weeks in different school demanding a better and equal education for poor and rich children.
Q: How was your school life?
Ans: My school life was very good with good teachers and good classmates. It was easy for me to learn everything. I have good memories of those days.
Q: How does a student afford his daily expenses?
Ans: Unfortunately some students have to work as dependent in supermarkets or part time jobs to earn Money to help their families to pay the university, junior school and high school. In state schools, food, breakfast and lunch is free for some students.
Q: Do parents give them pocket money or they have to earn?
Ans: Pocket money is not necessary for the students of Arts Junior/High School but parents give them money for Golosinas and Candies. In university, mostly they have to earn their own money.
Q: Please tell about Chile Culture and your traditions and do you celebrate traditions?
Ans: Chile is full of tradition and culture, we have Polynesian, of Easter island, we have Mapuche, of the southern Chile, Aymaras ethnic culture in northern Chile, and European culture also, now we are near the national celebration of 18 de Septiembre, in commemoration of the first national meeting on 1810. In Chile there is a lot of traditions, but in my family, we only celebrate New Year, Christmas, and Independence Day.
Q: What the Life Style of Chile People?
Ans: The Chilean life style….. We have three life styles, rich people, lives like the highest class of Europe, they can afford luxury, good education and good health. Middle class, they can buy a car and may be a good house with credit in a bank for near 30 or 40 years of hypothec, even they try to buy luxury but all with credit cards and paying for years. Low or poor class, they make an effort to buy luxury things too with credit cards and commercial cards, even if they have to pay for years for something. In Chile you have to show your iPhone, your car and your clothes. If you have expensive ones you will be accepted. Discrimination for social class is powerful in Chile.
Q: Which is the most beautiful city of Chile?
Ans: I think southern Chile has very beautiful cities, one of them could be Valdivia, with German architecture, is similar to be in a traditional XIX German city and Eastern island with their impressive MOAIS.
Q: What kind of foods people like in Chile?
Ans: Mostly Occidental Food and fast Food, only in winter students eats the traditional SOPAIPILLA outside the schools, its frites floor mixed with pumpkin, and in September, peoples eat traditional Empanadas or The ASADO (barbeque), also Spanish/European culinaire traditional food.
Q: What is the traditional food of your country?
Ans: Many dishes, Sopaipilla, Empanada, and LA CASUELA
Q: How many languages can you speak?
Ans: I can speak Spanish, English, Catalonian, Basic Japanese and a little of Russian and Swedish.
Q: Which language is interesting for you and how did you learn these languages?
Ans: I like very much to learn news languages; I think Chinese is an interesting language to learn now days. Spanish is my lingua mater, Catalonian is a language used in a province of east Spain and my grandparents are from Catalonia. I speak English with teachers and Japanese, Russian and Swedish alone. Reading books and searching on internet. It’s easy for me to learn languages.
Q: When did you start working and what was your first job?
Ans: I started working in Telefonica, it’s the national telecommunications company, in satellite television system and installation of telephones and Internet when I was 17 years old. Then institute of English for two years. My last job in Chile was in Marriott hotels until June of 2013.
Q: What is your current job and responsibilities?
Ans: Now officially I’m unemployed, but I have a job as a freelance reporter for WAMN network in Australia, as correspondent for Chile and South America.
Q: Please share your experience with WAMN News?
Q: Why joined Journalism field?
Ans: I love to be journalist, it is a passion for me to do that job since I was 10 years old, playing with my home video camera, it’s interesting, you can meet very important people.
Q: What facilities are provided by government to a Journalist?
Ans: For official channels and media is easy to work, only independent media have some problems to work easily.
Q: Are Journalist independent to perform their Job or there is any pressure?
Ans: You can do journalist job without any pressure, since 1990 with the return of democracy in Chile.
Q: How many languages are spoken in Chile?
Ans: Officially one, Spanish, but there many minorities there is Mapudungun, Rapanui of locals, German, Swedish, English and other European languages are spoken in Chile too.
Q: If you get any chance to live and work abroad then in what country you would like to live and work and why?
Ans: I think in Scandinavian countries like Norway, Sweden or Denmark, Iceland and Faroe Island, because they are very organized, they have the best education and and health in the World.
Q: What do you want to become in future?
Ans: I’m still unsure about my future…. may be I will study narration, dubbing and translation of TV series and movies into Spanish.