Amy: Ethan, you haven't been yourself lately. Is there anything bugging you? I'm ready to lend an ear anytime.
Ethan: Thanks, Amy! I want to study art but my mom doesn't agree.
Amy: Why not?
Ethan: My mom's a secretary at a big computer company. She thinks being an engineer is better than being an artist.
Amy: Your talent will be wasted if you become an engineer.
Ethan: I want to be able to create beautiful things with my hands one day, but my mom thinks I'm too young to make decisions about my future!
Amy: I guess I'm luckier than you. My parents told me they'll respect my decision as long as I think carefully.
Ethan: So have you decided on which school you'll go to?
Amy: Not yet. But we've visited several schools and had two family meetings so far.
Ethan: I hope my mom can do the same.
Amy: She can if she understands one thing: When adults let teenagers make their own decisions, they learn to be responsible for themselves!
Ethan: How do we make her understand that?
Amy: I can ask my mom to talk to your mom. They are close friends.
Ethan: Great idea!
- remind [rɪ'maɪnd] v.
The Moon Festival reminds me of the happy days I shared with my grandmother.
- personal ['pɝsn!] adj.
Don't ask personal questions when you first meet someone.
- secretary ['sɛkrə͵tɛrɪ] n.
Mary works as a secretary at this company.
- helpful ['hɛlpfəl] adj.
The girl is very helpful to her family.
- repeat [rɪ'pit] v.
I'm sorry. I didn't hear you. Could you repeat that?
- make sure ['mek 'ʃʊr]
Please make sure you hand in the homework on time.
- gas station ['gæs 'steʃən]
My uncle wants to find the nearest gas station as soon as possible.
- lend [lɛnd] v.
I don't think Ivy will lend you her notebook computer.
- common sense ['kɑmən 'sɛns]
It is common sense that we should wash the vegetables before cooking.
- harsh [hɑrʃ] adj.
The teacher shouted at the boys in a harsh voice.
- go ahead ['go ə'hɛd]
Daughter: Can I go to the park with Jane, Dad?
Dad: Go ahead.