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March 03, 2009

Contemporary Medley from G4, Örebro

Hello everybody in Khavaborsk, and thank you for your very interesting questions and answers and comments on our latest entry! We enjoyed reading about your country very much and would like to know more.

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A little bit of Group 4 (G4)

We are at the moment sitting on the top floor in one of the many houses on campus and looking out on all the snow, waiting for spring and the birds to return. Our winter this year is extremely snowy and cold and we can't do much more than stay inside and watch tv. One of the biggest television events in Sweden is the "Melodifestivalen", that is our competition when we decide who will compete for Sweden in the Eurovision song contest. We have several semifinals and it is a long process that goes on for about two months, and more than a quarter of our population watches the show. It is very democratic and we all have to call in and vote several times.

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February 12, 2009

Group 4 ever

This is the smallest of the groups and just like the other groups we are attending the rhetoric programme at the University of Örebro in Sweden. At the moment we are studying intercultural communication, which we find very interesting since we all come from different cultural backgrounds and has different experiences. With this blog we would like to get a better understanding of your culture and learn a few new things.

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Us in the picture, from the left:

Bengt is the tallest in the group, he is of Swedish origin and was brought up in a little bandy-crazed town called Sandviken also known for its steel company Sandvik Inc. There he worked in production of special-pipes for a while before moving to Örebro for studies in media and communication. Currently he works in telemarketing and studies Rhetorics. During his spare time he likes reading, listening to music, watching the shows House MD and Dexter he also trains in the martial art of Taekwondo.

Hannes is 22 and has Finnish origin. He is a trained chef from one of the smallest villages in Sweden, which means everybody is bullying him for his accent. He has worked in England for two summers before starting his studies. He plays the guitar and various instruments and likes the martial art of Taido, cooking and metal music.

Maria is the only girl in the group. She is all Swedish but has lived and worked in France a long time, and her family is spread out all over Sweden. Before she started the rhetoric programme she studied political science. She is 24 years old and besides studying she works as a tour guide at the castle in Örebro. She likes horseback riding, dancing and partying with her friends.

The odd one in our group is Ronald. He is of Lebanese decent but has spent most of his life in Sweden. He is 22 years of age and has spent 16 of those years in Sweden. Originally from one of the coast cities in Sweden, Gothenburg, he moved to Örebro to study rhetoric’s. In his spare time he is either with his girlfriend at home or partying the night away.

David is 23 years old. He was brought up in the Swedish countryside outside of the nice town of Karlskoga. Karlskoga is known for being the home of the famous scientist Alfred Nobel. A quarter of David’s blood is italian and he often visit his relatives in Italy. His main interests are sports and Sergio Leone movies.


We also have some questions for you…

• Which sports are the most popular where you live?
• How would you describe your relationship which your neighbouring countries?
• Do you have interaction with people from other countries? What kind of interaction (outside school)?
• What is your view on homosexual, bisexual, transsexual and queer people?
• What is your view on abortion?
• Is Absolute Vodka any good compared to Russian vodka?
• Is your part of Russia very different from western Russia? How?
• Is it ok to make fun of Putin?
• Do you have an active student union?
• What do you know about Sweden?

We are really looking forward to hearing from you and reading your answers! We have many things we would like to know about Russia. And please ask us anything no questions are off limits.

Until then, your truly
Group 4.

February 11, 2009

Group 3

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Hello students at Khabarovsk University!
We are group 3 in the cross-culture rhetoric course at Örebro University. Örebro is situated in the middle of Sweden and it has almost 125 000 inhabitants which makes it to Sweden’s seventh largest city. The city is just a five minute bicycle ride from the university so you can easily go in to town for lunch or just to take a nice cup of coffee. Örebro is a beautiful city that offers shopping, nice restaurants and a lot of cozy cafe´s.
Örebro University was formed in 1977 and is now going through its most expansive phase. It strives to create a campus that gives the students, staff and guests an excellent, intellectual, social and physical enviorment. The university is taking an active part in the development of the region with strong contacts with industry and the community. It’s also a national and international center for knowledge.
Örebro university is for the moment the most expanding university in Sweden. It has over 14500 students. The university got more than 80 study programmes and offers 800 single subject courses, that cover 50 different subject areas.
The majority in our small group is a part of the Rhetoric programme, and this is our second term. The programme is brand new, and we are the first students on it. Rhetoric has been a forgotten art in Sweden for almost hundred years, but the interest has raised within the last 20 years. The programme focuses on leadership and cross cultural communication, but it’s based on the classic rhetoric. Since the programme is new, our future is not really certain. By that we mean that our three years is not going to give us an exact role or title. It might sound a bit odd and strange but as we see it, it opens up a sea of possibilities and we’ll be able to create our own market. In the modern information and globalized society, we believe that communication is the key to everything!

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Hi there Khaborovsk from group 2!

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In our group there are 3 guys and 4 girls. We are from left: Jenny, Cosmin, David, Dan, Ida, Mathilda and Susanne.


We are group 2 of the 4 groups in our course studying intercultural rhetoric at Örebro University
We are seven people in our group and so far we have only met a couple of times to discuss the rhetorical differences between countries. The idea is that we meet one time a week to discuss what we have learned during the classes, these meetings are completely led by ourselves. We also try to come up with answers which might have come up during the lessons.


David: I am 22 years old and have been studying in Örebro for almost 2 years, before I started on this course I studied Media and Communication. At the moment I am only taking this course and not the whole program. On my spare time I go to the nearby town of Västerås and support the local hockey team, or see my friends.

Cosmin: Privjet! My age is 25 and I am born in Romania. My plan with this education is to get more job opportunities international. The studying life in Sweden is fun and the course is free, with means that you only have to pay for your living and books. In my spare time I like sports and gambling. Hope to hear from you!

Dan: Hi there I am Dan, 49 years old and come from south Sweden (Skåne). I have been studying in Örebro for about 3 years: I have study Literature - science and I start with Rhetoric studies one year ago. My interests are photo, painting, making music and writing poetry on poetbay.com under my name; Dan Cederholm. I have worked with PR and on newspapers since I was 17 years old. I love music, both listen and writing, I play guitar, bass and keyboard and I also have my own little recording studio at my home. Some of my favorite bands are: Pink Floyd, Nightwish, Muse, AC/DC, Metallica, Deep Purple and most of Classical music . . . Some of my favorite painters is Monet and Chagall. Some of my favorite photographer is Ansel Adams and Viktor Hasselblad. Some of my favorite poets is Shakespeare, Dante, Sapho, Vergilius and W.H.Auden. You can find me on facebook as Dan Cederholm and there are a lots of my picture published.

Jenny: Hi. I´m a 29 years old woman from Örebro. Right now I study the Rhetoric program, and before that I study Special pedagogic, professional writing, politicialcourse and some other stuff. I´m married and have three children in the years between 2-4 years. In my sparetime I do Stand up comedy and are involved in politics (I´m a communist). I also write poetry and novels.

Ida: Hi! I am 21 years old. I don’t know what I want to work with in the future so I’ve studied an english course and now I study this course, Intercultural communication. In spear time I like to be with my friends, play the violin etc. I like travelling and meet people from other cultures. Take care!

Susanne: Hello! I am a positive 23 years old woman from Örebro. In the future I like to work with people as a coach. In my spare time I like sport a lot. I also like to write. Have a nice day!

Mathilda: I am 22 years old and have lived in Örebro for a little more than 1 year I grew up in Karlskoga. I have studied at Örebro University for 3 terms, economics, English and pedagogics. On my spare time I like to work-out, watch movies and spend time with friends and family. I have traveled a bit and have lived and worked in Ireland for 8 months.

To start somewhere we have some Questions:
What do you do on a day off in Khaborovsk?
How big is your city?
What type of groups do you have? Religious, cultural etc.?
What kind of music do you like?
What do you want to do in the future?
What do you know about Sweden and Swedish people?
What do you usually eat? Do you have any special dishes?
What do you think of politics?
Is Khvaborsk famous for anything?

We’d love to hear from you soon!

Hi there Khaborovsk from group 2!

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In our group there are 3 guys and 4 girls. We are from left: Jenny, Cosmin, David, Dan, Ida, Mathilda and Susanne.

We are group 2 of the 4 groups in our course studying intercultural rhetoric at Örebro University.
We are seven people in our group and so far we have only met a couple of times to discuss the rhetorical differences between countries. The idea is that we meet one time a week to discuss what we have learned during the classes, these meetings are completely led by ourselves. We also try to come up with answers which might have come up during the lessons.

David: I am 22 years old and have been studying in Örebro for almost 2 years, before I started on this course I studied Media and Communication. At the moment I am only taking this course and not the whole program. On my spare time I go to the nearby town of Västerås and support the local hockey team, or see my friends.

Cosmin: Privjet! My age is 25 and I am born in Romania. My plan with this education is to get more job opportunities international. The studying life in Sweden is fun and the course is free, with means that you only have to pay for your living and books. In my spare time I like sports and gambling. Hope to hear from you!

Dan: Hi there I am Dan, 49 years old and come from south Sweden (Skåne). I have been studying in Örebro for about 3 years: I have study Literature - science and I start with Rhetoric studies one year ago. My interests are photo, painting, making music and writing poetry on poetbay.com under my name; Dan Cederholm. I have worked with PR and on newspapers since I was 17 years old. I love music, both listen and writing, I play guitar, bass and keyboard and I also have my own little recording studio at my home. Some of my favorite bands are: Pink Floyd, Nightwish, Muse, AC/DC, Metallica, Deep Purple and most of Classical music . . . Some of my favorite painters is Monet and Chagall. Some of my favorite photographer is Ansel Adams and Viktor Hasselblad. Some of my favorite poets is Shakespeare, Dante, Sapho, Vergilius and W.H.Auden. You can find me on facebook as Dan Cederholm and there are a lots of my picture published.

Jenny: Hi. I´m a 29 years old woman from Örebro. Right now I study the Rhetoric program, and before that I study Special pedagogic, professional writing, politicialcourse and some other stuff. I´m married and have three children in the years between 2-4 years. In my sparetime I do Stand up comedy and are involved in politics (I´m a communist). I also write poetry and novels.

Ida: Hi! I am 21 years old. I don’t know what I want to work with in the future so I’ve studied an english course and now I study this course, Intercultural communication. In spear time I like to be with my friends, play the violin etc. I like travelling and meet people from other cultures. Take care!

Susanne: Hello! I am a positive 23 years old woman from Örebro. In the future I like to work with people as a coach. In my spare time I like sport a lot. I also like to write. Have a nice day!

Mathilda: I am 22 years old and have lived in Örebro for a little more than 1 year I grew up in Karlskoga. I have studied at Örebro University for 3 terms, economics, English and pedagogics. On my spare time I like to work-out, watch movies and spend time with friends and family. I have traveled a bit and have lived and worked in Ireland for 8 months.

To start somewhere we have some Questions:
What do you do on a day off in Khaborovsk?
How big is your city?
What type of groups do you have? Religious, cultural etc.?
What kind of music do you like?
What do you want to do in the future?
What do you know about Sweden and Swedish people?
What do you usually eat? Do you have any special dishes?
What do you think of politics?
Is Khvaborsk famous for anything?

We’d love to hear from you soon!

Introducing ourselves

This is just a test. The students in Örebro are working on their presentations and will upload them shortly. We have found out that it is very expensive to buy a flight ticket to your city. We are happy that we can get in contact with you in cyberspace instead.

Anders Eriksson

Hi from Group 1!


We are a group of students at Örebro University in Sweden. There are about 130 000 people living there and about 15 000 of them are students. Örebro is a quite big city in Sweden.
This semester is our second at the Rhetoric Program. Our major is rhetoric and this semester we are studying intercultural communication. That’s why we thought it would be a great idea to blog and exchange experiences with you! The Rhetoric program is a brand new kind of program, and we are the first ones to attend.
We are between 20 and 30, with different backgrounds. Some of us have been living in this city for all of our lives, and some of us just recently moved here.
Our program goes over three years, so we’re going to spend a lot of time together. This opportunity is a great chance for us to bond with people with same interests and building networks for the future. We believe that this will help us in becoming creative and open minded communicators.
Like most students in Sweden all of us live in apartments. Our government is paying for our education, and we can lone money from them to pay for our living. It’s not much money; you really have to be economic. But even that, we think it’s a great system, that everyone gets the chance to study at a good university. You don’t have to come from a wealthy family to get a great education.

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February 10, 2009

Starting the Khaborsk-Örebro-Stanford blog

Hi Olga and students
Our class on intercultural rhetoric in Örebro is looking forward to this exchange with students in Khvaborsk and Stanford. Tomorrow Wednesday Feb 11 the students will present themselves and maybe ask some questions about you pertaining to interculture. We have read the posts on the CrossCultural Blog where you presented yourselves

Anders Eriksson