Unit 1 Generations, 1C Listening, Family tensions, page 10
1 The next train leaves in half an hour.
2 That’s made me feel a lot better.
3 This is going to be rather painful.
4 We were too poor to even go on holidays.
Speaker 1 sympathetic
Speaker 2 enthusiastic
Speaker 3 arrogant
Speaker 4 urgent
1. You’ve had a bad time, haven’t you? You poor thing. Do you want to tell me all about it? Sometimes it helps to talk to somebody.
2. It’s a wonderful place. You really should go. The food is fantastic – and there’s so much to do there! You could
never get bored.
3. It’s important for me to have an expensive car, because people see it and judge me by it. And they need to know that I’m a highly successful person who deserves their respect and admiration.
4. Watch out! Don’t touch that fence, it’s an electric fence. You’ll get a shock. Stop!
1 To be honest, I think you did really well. We could all see that dad was about to lose his temper completely – and Lucy was pretty angry too. And then you suddenly started telling that long story about a family reunion twenty years ago … and everybody thought, ‘what’s he talking about?’ But it worked. You managed to change the subject, and everyone had a chance to calm down … so well done!
2 In this month’s edition of Family Issues, there’s a fascinating feature on how to prevent arguments in yourfamily. It’s full of fantastic tips: how to get through a big family reunion without any tears, how to keep the whole family happy at meal times – and many more. Available now from all good newsagents, only £3.99.
3 You know, I really thought it would be nice to see everyone – especially after so many years. But I guess I was being too optimistic. As soon as we all got together, all the old arguments started again. My brother fell out with my dad and they almost had a fight! I just thought, I can’t stand this – so I went home. I didn’t say anything to anyone – I just left.
4 There were six of us in the family home: me, my mum and dad, my two brothers and my grandmother. I loved getting up late on Sunday morning and smelling the roast dinner cooking in the oven. We always had roast dinner on Sunday. My dad cooked the meal, but my grandmother used to give him lots of advice – advice he didn’t ask for, or want. They used to argue sometimes, but it was never a bad argument. It was a happy time.