Terminales ESL : Bringing an Object that REFLECTS who you are and what is IMPORTANT to YOU


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The object I chose is a book, a collection of poems more specifically, which is called “Anlreli Zangakatun”, which means “The bell that never stops ringing”. These poems were written by my favourite Armenian poet, Paruyr Sevak. This object represents me, because, first of all, I am Armenian and I feel related to these poems.

I read and write poems myself in Armenian and in French. The title of the book represents my culture because the bell that never stops ringing, reminds us of our past (also of the Armenian genocide which was a very tragic and awful period in the Armenian history). Furthermore, it reminds us of our future which is yet to come. Armenians have always united together to fight for their culture, their lands and their independence. A very famous quote from Paruyr Sevak is -“We are only few but we are called Armenians!”, because the population living in Armenia is about 3 million. There are not a lot of us, but we managed not only  to keep our land and our culture but moreover, we pass them on from generation to generation with pride and glory.

This object also represents me because, a famous Armenian composer and singer named Komitas, is represented on the book cover. I do love singing and I started my vocal education  3 years ago with Komitas’ songs. Komitas’ songs and me have a special “bond” because it’s based on Armenian folk music which is imprinted in the soul and mind of any Armenian. Komitas himself grievously became a witness of the Armenian genocide - the crime against humanity taken place at the beginning of the XXth century. The composer has a collection of  songs  devoted to the massacres of 1.5 million innocent victims of that catastrophe . I started off my passion, singing, with Komitas’ songs which makes this bond more special and emotional. 

To conclude, this object represents me because it shows how goal-oriented Armenians are and how emotional and empathetic they are and I feel myself a proud representative of my nation.

This book gathers all my passions together : my love for the Armenian culture, for writing and reading beautiful poems and for singing Armenian music.

L., TES2L


It was approximately 3 years ago, my father bought me this little item. He bought the surprise during a short trip in Israel, my second mother country. Packed in a little white box, he handed me his gift. After I opened the packet, my dad saw a sweet smile in my face. He knew exactly I was looking for those items of property in many stores but never found the most suitable for me. I needed to hug him for a few seconds, I was so exuberantly happy.

To clarify, it felt like love at first sight and became instantly my favorite objects.

Those roundly shaped adornments, enveloped in a shiny gold are just as small as the tip of my little finger. So I don’t take them to school every day, due to the fact that I’m too afraid to lose them. Every time those items dangle down my ears, I feel more connected to my family in Israel, even though they are 3 491 kilometer away. Also I will always remember the moment when my dad came back with his heave and large suitcase, holding in his hand the present.

The answers should be clear now; those objects are my earrings.

M., TES1


My bracelets

My bracelets represent a lot to me, I wear them on my right arm and never take them off. They’re very colourful, but mainly pink. All these bracelets have a very important meaning, because I buy them wherever I travel to. Collecting the same object from different countries really shows the difference of culture. One of them is from Bali and has a shell on it. Whenever I look down, I see this bracelet and it reminds me of that amazing trip to Bali this summer. Another bracelet is from the south of France and it reminds me of my carefree days of childhood, because my family used to spend 2 weeks of the summer holidays there when I was a child. On my left arm I have 2 other bracelets from Bali. One of them is called a “protective bracelet”. The Balinese people believe that this bracelet has magical powers and pushes away the bad spirits. The other bracelet reminds me of the 2-hour climb to the top of Mount Batur (a volcano in Bali). I bought it on my way down again and it always reminds me of how unique this experience was and how I challenged myself and pushed my limits. In the end I did it and I am very happy about it.

I., TES2

My object is something that I always keep on myself at all times, since it is essential for my wellbeing. Everybody knows about it in a way, because it symbolizes a part of myself. My object is the “freestyle libre” which is an implantable chip, used to measure one´s blood sugar. It is a cutting-edge feature, which is only on the market for a couple of years, that means that I can consider myself as blessed to have access to such a modern piece of medical technology. Whenever I meet a person that I don´t know yet, at any point of our conversation they ask “what is that on your arm?”, so I explain to them that I need it because I was diagnosed as a diabetic at age 13. This makes it a very personal object to me, because it became a part of myself. Everybody I know is informed about it and would recognize me by it. It makes me who I am and I am proud of it.

B., TES2

The object I brought with me during class was my bracelet that I got in Switzerland during the summer holidays at the Frauenfeld Festival.

It may seem not that special to most of you all but it does to me. Every day it reminds me of what a blast I had with my friends during these few days. It represents also the things I love to do the most which is spending some quality time with my friends while listening to music. Also I like to travel especially with my closest buddies because the bond between us will get even stronger than it already is and it's always insane getting silly with them. The colours of this bracelet are very fancy and unique and so are my friends and myself because we’re young and reckless and so was this festival. For example we love to party and do the stuff we love to do, and that’s the most important thing about being young. You don’t always have to live by rules especially when you’re young. It makes you unique.

Even though it is already worn-out and dirty (don't worry I take a shower every day) it is a constant reminder of unforgettable memories.

C., TES2

My object is in fact small, and at first it may seem like some corny vacation gift ( I “heart” new york T-Shirts etc. ).

It’s a grey bracelet, made of a stretch material, in the middle there is a rectangular plastic bit with “MARBELLA” written on it.

As you maybe can imagine, it comes from Marbella, Spain. Now you maybe wonder , why does this guy have an Marbella bracelet and why is he telling us about it?

Well this summer I was in Marbella with all of my friends, they graduated this year, and since I’m part of the group I took part in their graduation vacation. One of my best friends decided to get the whole group these bracelets. 

I repeated a school year, 2 years ago now. This vacation seemed so normal, back in summer, since I was used to seeing my friends everyday. Not in class but in the corridors, on Bauernfeldplatz and everywhere basically.

My first day of school shocked me deeply. At 8:15 I got out of the bus, turned around and crossed the street to Bauernfeldplatz. I looked up and suddenly, all of them, literally all of them, were gone. I mean I knew that they would leave and that it was their last year, but it was at this moment that I realized that they were not here anymore. At every break I go out of class looking forward to Bauernfeldplatz, expecting them there, just to quickly realize that they won’t be waiting on Bauernfeldplatz.

It always hurts a little.

So, everytime I look at this little bracelet, I know that my friends are out there somewhere, and I think about all the good, fun and beautiful moments we shared.

This my object.

P., TES1


C., TES1

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C., TES1

My object is a necklace. I know it doesn’t seem very extraordinary, unique or significant, but trust me, it is:

It consists of a simple black string, which is great because it doesn’t rust, and a half moon. A crescent horn necklace used to represent the lunar phase in the first quarter and it is a symbol representing the Moon itself. Everyone has seen the bright satellite before. The Moon is clear in the dark, and as bright as the day. 

I got my necklace, which cost me three euros, more than a year ago, and since then it became my lucky charm. 

The half-moon embodies the quality of empathy and generosity. It enlightens you in the darkest times, and even if the crescent isn’t always detectable, it is always there for you. 

And if I ever feel lonely, I just look at the moon, because someone, somewhere is looking right at it too ( assuming it’s during the day, I just look at my necklace).

M., TES2

In class, we had to choose an object which reflects who we are and explain what is important for us. 

First, I really had no idea, but then I remembered that I had this mini printer which I use quite often. In fact, it is not the first object I would think about if I had to go on a desert island.

However, I decided to take this mini printer because I love to take pictures so I can share my creativity and my imagination. In a second place, it reminds me of the wall in my room where I hang a lot of pictures. Every time I am in bed I just see all this colors and when I look at every picture one by one, it reminds me a lot of souvenirs and the good times I spent with my friends and my family. 

For me, having all our pictures on the phone is really practical but I prefer printing them because in my opinion it’s better to be able to hold them in your hands. It’s something lively which is aimed to remain. It’s a part of myself.

J., tes1



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