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8 things we learnt from interning in Australia——2015年“21世纪杯”演讲比赛获奖选手游学季之澳洲站
这个暑假，作为第20届中国日报社“21世纪杯”全国英语演讲比赛的获奖者，来自中央民族大学的胡嫱（季军）、中国传媒大学的韩朗（一等奖）、河南大学的李可欣（二等奖）和山东大学的程思露（三等奖）获得了为期2周的澳大利亚广播公司（Australian Broadcasting Corporation）实习机会。澳大利亚广播公司（ABC）是澳大利亚规模最大的公共媒体之一，旗下有六个广播网和两个电视网。快来看看她们在精彩的实习中收获了什么吧！
Alison: Lang Han (Communication University of China)
1. Australians EAT kangaroos
Kangaroos are definitely cultural icons of Australia. But kangaroos can not only be found in zoos, they can be seen in the supermarket!
In Australia, supermarkets offer fresh kangaroo meat. I am totally stunned to see kangaroo meat in the supermarket!
These are adorable creatures, so how could Australians eat them? For me, it is like eating pandas in China - it is so hard to believe. By the way, kangaroo meat tastes exactly like beef. And I will never try it again.
Australians actually do eat kangaroo meat.
2. Always bring a light lunch
The office where we did our internship does not provide lunch for its employees.
There is a small café on the 2rd floor where you can buy lunch. And there is a small kitchen with hot water and microwave oven available on each floor of the building. You can treat yourself there with a hot cup of tea if you bring a tea bag with you. If you tend to have a small breakfast then you need to remember to bring your own food for lunch otherwise you will have to work with an empty stomach for the rest of your day. Nevertheless, even if you still forget to bring your lunch with you, you can always grab something to eat at the shops nearby. I would ususally make myself an avocado sandwich. Yummy!
This is what Alison brought for lunch to work one day - fresh avocado.
Sophia: Qiang Hu (Minzu University of China)
3. How to cross an Australian road
It is quite interesting that in Australia pedestrians need to press the button on the traffic light pole for the light to go green.
The friend who taught me this told me that she waited for a long time by the road, not understanding why the light was always red the first time she crossed a road alone in Australia. In China the traffic light goes green by itself.
Sophia discovers that Australian road crossing require some manual input!
4. You can travel to the sea on a tram
I was surprised when I first heard that tourists could go to see the beach by taking a tram car because in many places in China it might take people a few hours on the highway to drive out of the city and get to the beach.
It is a wonderful experience to enjoy the scenery of the town along the way and find the blue Melbourne sea at the end of the tram line.
This is the tram stop that took Sophia direct to the South Melbourne beach.
Daisy: Kexin Li (Henan University)
5. Shopping needs to be done before 5pm
Australia is a place where nothing can stop it from getting off work on time.
I planned to do some shopping after a day's work, only to find almost all the malls and stores and restaurants have been closed.
Sometimes I can't help wondering how they could possibly make money by opening only at work time.
Typical shopping hours in Melbourne
6. Don't ask for Australian food
Being the first time in Australia, we definitely want to try some authentic local specialities. But every time we asked about Australian food, we didn't get a definite answer. Just like its county, Australian food is quite diverse. We've tried really nice Thai food, Malaysian cuisine, European pizzas and even the fried chicken and beer from a Korean TV series.
All these foods can be regarded as 'Australian' to some extent, because different food and cultures mix with each other and have become part of this country.
Yes this Asian dish is considered Australian food when eaten in Australia!
Gabrielle: Silu Cheng (Shangdong University)
7. Be adventurous
There are a many things to see and try in Australia ranging from yummy delicacies to whole new transportation. The Indigenous wildlife and aboriginal culture never stop enthralling tourists visiting from far away.
The thing you need to do is to be courageous and discard “Chinese shyness”.
My friend and I never tried a helicopter before coming to the Great Ocean Road but the panoramic view of the beautiful coastal cliffs and meandering ocean shore from above took our breath away.
We would not have been able to witness those incredible masterpieces of nature with our own eyes if we had refused the challenge.
Gabrielle summoned her courage for a helicopter ride over Australia's south west coast (ABC).
8. Come to the office wearing a smile
Frankly I was extremely tense on my first day as an intern at the ABC, I wondered if I would have to work overtime or be constantly given demanding jobs. But then I found those worries were totally unnecessary and I turned out to be wearing the biggest smile on my face for the next few days.
There is a friendly and casual tone in both the attire and the conversions among staff. Working time is highly flexible. Cakes are shared in the office where the atmosphere is easy and harmonious. It is unlikely you’ll see anything tricky like in the movie The Devil Wears Prada. I feel like this is exactly the workplace I’ve been dreaming of.
Gabrielle and Alison enjoying the casual office atmosphere at the ABC
Gabrielle, Sophia, Alison, Daisy, General Manager of 21st Century English Education Media Qingkai Zeng and ABC International CEO Lynley Marshall
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