|I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]|
Video game systems like the Game Boy are popular among children and teenagers, but how do children obtain these systems: they receive them as gifts, they earn money and buy them, or they borrow the systems from a friend?
HELPFUL TIP: Many people enjoy playing video games in their free time. However, spending too much time playing might lead to negative physical and social effects. Try to live a balanced life, entertaining yourself in and outside of the house.
|II. Listening Exercises [Top]|
Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.
Boy: Dad, Dad! Can I have some money to buy a Game Boy?Dad: A Game Boy? Those are too expensive.
Boy: No, they’re not. There only twenty-five dollars. I’ve got forty-two dollars before, but Mom didn’t let me buy one.
Boy: Let’s see . . . allowance.
Dad: Okay, well allowance. So, how much money can you make a week with allowance? What did Mom tell you?
Boy: She said that if, umm, you get your work done on time, you can get $1.25.
Dad: Okay, so if you get your work done, you get $1.25. Okay, and what are some other ways that you can earn a little bit more money?
Boy: Umm, let’s see. I could work for people.
Dad: Okay, well, maybe you could come up with some odd jobs. What are a couple of things that you could do to earn some money, maybe around here, in the neighborhood?
Dad: What about opening up a lemonade stand?
Boy: I can try that. That’ll be fun.
Dad: Okay. What else can you do?
Boy: Hmmm. Most the kids on our block like candy, so I can start one of those.
Dad: Okay, so maybe selling some candy. [Yeah.] And, what else?
Boy: Umm. I could . . . umm . . . take out the trash everyday.
Dad: Well, I think you have some ideas, so I guess if you save long, you’ll be able to earn enough money to buy something you want. Sound good?
Boy: Like a Game Boy?
Dad: Uh, something you need, let’s say.
Boy: Uh! (Great surprise and disgust)
|Key Vocabulary [Top]|
- come up with (phrasal verb): think of an idea or answer
– We couldn’t come up with any ideas for the weekend, so we just stayed home and played video games.
- earn (verb): receive money as payment for work that you do
– I need to earn money to buy more video games.
- allowance (noun): an amount of money parents give children to spend
– My parents give me an allowance if I do all my chores.
- bit (noun): a small amount of something
– My son wants work a bit longer before he buys a car.
- odd job (noun): not usual or regular work
– I had to accept a few odd jobs after I graduated before I found good steady work.
- stand (noun): a small outdoor store where things are sold
– I worked one summer at a fruit stand downtown to earn money to pay for college.