My Life in English

Sie ist eine bekan­nte Djane und Ra­diomod­er­a­torin, wurde in Ecuador ge­boren, ist aber in Deutsch­land aufgewach­sen. Hier erzählt sie uns, wo sie einen freien Nach­mit­tag in NYC ver­brin­gen würde.

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Ra­dio pre­sen­ter Larissa Riess

What makes English im­por­tant to you?

I work as a ra­dio pre­sen­ter and Djane, so a lot of what I do is fo­cused on mu­sic from the English-speak­ing world. It’s im­por­tant to me to un­der­stand the lyrics of the songs I play on the ra­dio or at fes­ti­vals.

When was your first English les­son, and what can you re­mem­ber about it?

My very first English les­son was in class five (when I was 11 years old), and even to­day I know off by heart the ir­ri­tat­ing wel­come song that our teacher taught us on the first day.

Who is your favourite English-lan­guage au­thor, ac­tor or mu­si­cian?

I love the US ac­tor Sarah Jes­sica Parker in the se­ries Sex and the City. I know al­most all the episodes off by heart in English — to me, the orig­i­nal was much more grip­ping than the Ger­man ver­sion.

Which song could you sing at least a few lines of in English?

Ac­tu­ally, I brought out an al­bum my­self, Larissa White — Fire­bird, which is all in English. I can sing all those.

What is your favourite food from the English-speak­ing world?

When I was at school in Aus­tralia, I ate Vegemite ev­ery day. That was amaz­ing.

Which per­son (liv­ing or dead) from the English-speak­ing world would you most like to meet?

That would have to be the Amer­i­can pro­ducer and mu­si­cian Rl Grime be­cause I would want to tell him that he is my great­est in­spi­ra­tion in de­cid­ing which mu­sic to play when I am Dj’ing.

Which is your favourite city in the English-speak­ing world?

Win­ton in Queens­land, Aus­tralia — a place with only 875 in­hab­i­tants in the out­back.

What spe­cial tip would you give a friend who was go­ing to visit this city?

Take a book with you.

If you could be any place right now in the English-speak­ing world, where would it be?

In the Ir­ish pub round the cor­ner.

Have you ever worked in an English­s­peak­ing en­vi­ron­ment? If so, for how long, and what was it like?

One year in Bud­erim in Queens­land, Aus­tralia. I went to school there. School is def­i­nitely work.

When did you last use English (be­fore an­swer­ing this ques­tion­naire)?

Yes­ter­day evening, at O’reilly’s Pub in Hei­del­berg. Don’t ask me why, but at some point, ev­ery­one sud­denly started speak­ing English.

What is your favourite English phrase?

WTF. A lovely un­trans­lat­able phrase.

Which phrase do you use most when you speak English?

“WTF?!”

How do you im­prove your English?

I watch al­most all TV se­ries in the English orig­i­nal. At the mo­ment, it’s Jer­sey Shore on MTV. Don’t ask.

If you found your­self with a free af­ter­noon in New York, what would you do?

In New York, I would go straight to the house where Car­rie Brad­shaw (played by Sarah Jes­sica Parker) lived in the se­ries Sex and the City.

Is there any­thing in your home from the English-speak­ing world?

There are Po­laroid pho­tos from my road trip through the US last year. And there are prob­a­bly some roaches from the cheap mo­tels.

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