Listening exercise
PBS Kids:
It's My Life

     In this exercise you will watch and listen to videos of "tweens" talking about:
(1) Embarrassing Moments; (2) When Friends Fight; and (3) Home Alone.
Find the links to the three RealPlayer videos here:

(1) Embarrassing Moments
to fart
to hide oneself
to drool
to see what s.o. is going through
to kid around
garbage can
to fall out
to go up
to go = to say
huge piles of
mean kid
to pull a chair out
to trip on a stair
cute guy
to bite one's fingernails
to be caught on camera
to pick one's nose
really didn't agree with
to yell at
they were like..
to embarrass
to trip and fall
to handle it
to crack up = to laugh hard
to laugh s.t. off
(2) When Friends Fight
to be loyal
to count on
to make fun of s.o.
to be there for you
little fights
to fight over the stupidest things
to get all one's feelings out
probably just go and talk with s.o.
to lose one's temper
to go up and have a nice friendly conversation with s.o.
to decide on a conclusion
to get peed (teed) off at (angry at)
to make up
summer vacation
to be mean to
to avoid
and stuff
in the pool
to be really snotty to
to ditch s.o. (avoid, get rid of, drop)
(3) Home Alone
to be allowed to
to break into the house
to keep ringing
to pick up the phone
to hang up
to come downstairs
it could have been
to check
emergency procedure
on the street that we live on
to make one feel better
to do stuff
to follow all the rules
to go on the phone, online
all at the same time
to be in charge
to be fair
to overrule s.o.
I kinda have to yell at him
to cool s.o. down
to get into arguments
to get into trouble
the remote (control)
sorta annoying
to glance at

Listening comprehension questions:

(1) Embarrassing Moments
1. Which incident of the ones described by the children do you think was most embarrassing?
2. Which embarrassing incident do you think was handled best? Which one do you think wasn't handled as well?
3. Choose two of the embarrassing incidents and describe how you would have handled them.

(2) When Friends Fight
4. Which of the qualities of a 'best friend' mentioned by the children do you think is most important?
5. Name two approaches the children use to solve conflicts with a friend.
6. Name two reasons why the children ended a friendship with someone.

(3) Home Alone
7. Based on what the children say, what kinds of instructions do parents give their children when they're going to be home alone?
8. Name three advantages of being home alone that the children describe.
9. Describe a sibling conflict that occurs
when children are home alone, as described by one of the children.
How is the English spoken by these children different from adult speech?