This is Teacher Jennifer from US Citizenship Podcast. Every week we bring you practice interviews, quizzes, resources, and the latest news that help you get ready for your US Citizenship interview. Please forgive the sudden hiatus. My father had a series of strokes during Memorial Day and died in early July. He was a master teacher and although I was devastated by his loss, I continued to work with my students and practice interviews with them. Here’s a recording with Min Zheng, a doctor from China. After her interview the students, asked her civics questions. It may be a little difficult to hear and understand some of the questions. Use this opportunity to listen to for KEY WORDS (a special word that “unlocks” the answer to a question) and practice asking, “Excuse me. Can you
please repeat the question?” Let’s get started! Please stand. Please raise your right hand. Do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Yes I do. Put down your hand. What did you just promise? I promise (means that) I tell the truth. Please sit down. Explain to me how you are eligible to become a US citizen. I have over 18 years old and I got a Legal Permanent Resident (Card) for five years. Five years? Good. What is your full name? (My) full name is Min Zheng. Where were you born? Where? I am (was) born in China? When were you born? I (was) born in the November 18, 1949. What is your date of permanent residence? July 2, 2007. What is your country of nationality? (My country of) nationality is China. Where do you live?
Do you live in San Jose, Fremont, or Milpitas? I live (in) Milpitas. How do you make a living? I am living with my daughter’s family and I (am) retired. My daughter supports me. Your daughter supports you. What was your job before? My job before: I (was) in a factory’s
clinic. I was being a doctor. oh very Oh, very good. Thank you for taking care
of the workers. Have you traveled outside the United States in the past five years? Yes When was your last trip? My last trip was I leave (left) the United States on February 22nd and I returned on April 15th. Are you married? Yes, I’m married. What is your husband’s name? My husband’s name is Zha Xi Hua Is he a citizen? (He is a legal) permanent
resident Do you have any children? Yes, I have one daughter. Have you ever claimed to be a US citizen? No. Have you ever failed to file your
taxes? No. Have you ever been declared legally incompetent? No. What is legally incompetent? Legally incompetent is the people got some mental (problems) and people got some crazy or hostile. Do you belong to any groups or organizations? No, I don’t Have you ever been a member of the Communist Party? No I never Have you ever been a terrorist? No Have you ever sold or given weapons to another person? No I didn’t Were you in the Army in China? No Have you ever been arrested or committed a crime? No Have you ever sold or smuggled illegal drugs or narcotics? No (We were interrupted, so I repeated the question about illegal drugs again) (I wanted her to give an example of illegal drugs such as OPIUM or HEROIN) Have you ever been married to two husbands at the same time? No I never Have you ever helped anyone entered the United States illegally? No Have you ever been deported? No What is deported? Deported is the government sends you (back) to original country. Do you support the Constitution and the form of government of the United States? Yes I do What is the Constitution? Constitution is supreme law in the our land. Are you willing to take the full Oath of Allegiance to the United States government? Yes What is the Oath of Allegiance? I promise to be loyal to United States. If the law requires it, are you willing to bear arms and the US Armed Forces? Yes What is bear arms? Bear arms: use weapons to protect the United States. Are you willing to perform noncombatant services for the US Armed Forces? Yes What is noncombatant? I help the US Army without (using) a weapon. Are you willing to help the government during a national emergency? Yes I do Do you promise everything you say is true? Yes Officer Min Hui, please (lead off) What is the one promise you make when you become a new life as a citizen? I gave up (loyalty to other) country. I be loyal to United States Good What is the supreme law of the land? The Constitution Good What does the president’s cabinet do? Advises the president Good Name one right only for United States citizens. Vote Good Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now? John Roberts Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s? World War I, World War II What happened at the Constitutional Convention? Please say it again? What happened at the Constitutional Convention? Convention? The Constitution was written. What stops on branch of government from becoming too powerful? Checks and balances Who is the governor of your state now? Jerry Brown Who was the president during World War I? Woodrow Wilson A bit more about Min Zheng. One of the most interesting things about her is that she did not go to school to learn English. She learned English solely from mobile apps and an online community on
WeChat that likes to practice English. As she gained more confidence, she practiced speaking English with her grandchildren especially when she helped them with their homework. I can recommend two mobile apps to learn English The first one is DUOLINGO. This app is free. I’m using it now to study German but you can download DUOLINGO in Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese and many other languages to study English. The second one is USA Learns. UPDATE: the USA Learns app is FREE!!! And you can study English for free at their website USALearns.org which includes an intensive US Citizenship course which includes many difficult N-400 vocabulary (terms) Thanks to the students & staff of Milpitas Adult School A special thanks goes out to Min Zheng Please visit us on the web at www.uscitizenpod.com where you can find more resources for Citizenship. While you’re there, click the link for USA Learns Citizenship. You can also click the link to visit our USCITIZENPOD channel on YouTube, download our free apps, or buy our book US CITIZENSHIP BOOTCAMP which is now available on Amazon. Thanks for listening. I know that you will be a great American citizen! Visit us at www.uscitizenpod.com Subscribe to US CITIZENSHIP PODCAST on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, or wherever you listen. To see more Citizenship videos, subscribe to USCITIZENPOD on YouTube.