ESL Podcast 622 – Having Well- and Badly-Behaved Children

ESL Podcast 622 – Having Well- and Badly-Behaved Children

Slow dialogue: 1:28
Explanations: 3:31
Fast dialogue: 17:32

Josephine:  Hello.

Ray:  Hi, Josephine, it’s Ray.  We have a meeting today at 10 a.m. and I was wondering if you would mind if I brought my kids with me.  Their babysitter didn’t show up.

Josephine:  Oh, sure.  That’s no problem.  Your children are so well-behaved.  Even at their age, they have impeccable manners.

Ray:  Well, they’re not always little angels, but they’re not too much of a handful, thank goodness.

Josephine:  You know what they say: Girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice…

Ray:  It is probably a little easier with two girls.  I feel sorry for my mother who raised six boys.

Josephine:  Six boys!

Ray:  Yeah, and before we were born, my father thought that children should be seen but not heard.  Was he in for a rude awakening!  We were all very unruly.  Imagine six boys only one year apart.  We got yelled at a lot for being naughty.

Josephine:  But that’s how boys are, aren’t they?  Girls are different.  They’re quiet, sweet, and even-tempered.  What’s that noise?

Ray:  That noise is my daughters creating a ruckus fighting tooth and nail over a toy.  So much for quiet, sweet, and even-tempered!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse