|I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]|
What are common after-school activities children and teenagers might be involved in during a normal school week?
|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.
Daughter: Dad, can I go to a movie this week with Shannon?
Father: Here. Try this. It’s called a book. [Ah, Dad!] Moby Dick. An American classic. [Dad!] Okay. Let me look at the calendar here. Hmm. When are you thinking about going to a movie?
Daughter: Uh, we’re thinking about seeing a movie on Wednesday after school.
Father: Well, that’s not going to work. You have piano lessons after school and then you have to babysit for the neighbors until 9:00.
Daughter: What about Monday?
Father: Monday’s out. You haven’t practiced your clarinet at all . . . for an entire month, so you have to catch up on that. And, don’t you have an essay due in your English class on Tuesday?
Daughter: Oh, I forgot about that [Yeah], and anyway, I was going to finish that during first period at school. [Great. I’ve never heard of a three-sentence essay.] So, what about Tuesday?
Father: Uh, you have soccer practice from 4:00 until 5:30, and after that, you have to do your homework.
Daughter: Ah, you can help me with that. Oh, I forgot you don’t know how to do geometry. So, can I see the movie on Thursday?
Father: Well, remember the science fair at school is on Friday, right? Is, is your project finished yet?
Daughter: Umm, what about Friday night? I checked the paper, and there’s a midnight showing.
Father: Uh-uh. Forget that idea.
Daughter: And Saturday?
Father: Well, you have to do your chores in the morning before noon. [You can help me with that.] Oh no. And then, we have to clean out the garage. You said you’d help. [No, you volunteered me.] Well, that should only take a couple of hours. [Dad, you’re ruining my social life.] And then, after that, we can go to the movie.
Father: Yeah, We. Mom and I and you and Shannon.
Daughter: Uh, Dad, actually. We weren’t planning on company.
Father: Now, let me check the paper for showtimes. [The movie plays at three oh five, five, seven fifteen, and nine.] You already checked, I see.
Daughter: Yeah. So is it okay? Can I go see the nine O’clock showing?
Father: The five o’clock showing!
Daughter: How about the seven o’clock showing?
Father: And why are you so concerned about the show time?
Daughter: Well, I don’t know if I’ll get all of my chores and homework done before then.
Father: Sorry, but I want you to get to bed early that night, and so, I can drop you off at the movie theater about 4:30 so you’ll have time to get tickets.
Daughter: Uh, Dad. Can I have some money for the movie?
Father: Sure, just go into the family bank vault behind secret mirror in the hall and take a few hundred. [Dad!]. Look. I can only spare a few dollars, so you’ll have to come up with the rest, okay?
Daughter: Okay. Thanks, Dad.
|Key Vocabulary [Top]|
- catch up (verb): reach a point where one should be
– I need to catch up on my sleep. I’ve been very tired recently.
- geometry (noun): math of lines, points, and shapes
– My daughter is taking geometry in junior high school now.
- uh-uh (verb): informal for no
– Uh-uh. I don’t like to do housework at all.
- chores (noun): housework
– If you do your chores quickly, I’ll take you shopping.
- ruin (verb): destroy or damage
– My dad asked me to babysit tonight, so that ruinned my plans to go out with friends to a movie.
- vault (noun): a room or space, often made of steel, for safekeeping valuables like money or important documents
– The millionaire kept all his valuable coins, paintings, and jewelry in a secret vault in his house.
- spare (verb): give up carefully
– My son needed money to fix his care, but I could only spare $200 since I didn’t have much money either.