Beginner A: how oldKeith? B: he’s 2. how oldJames？ A: he’syear older than Keith, but he looks younger. B: how’s your father? A: he’s fine. He retired last week. It’s turning pointhis life. Now he can relaxenjoyretirement. B: he can spend more time withgrandchilder. A: oh,don’t think he wants to. He wantstravelseveral different countries aroundworld. B: so, he wantshavemore active retirement. Good idea! A: how do you wantspend your old age? B:the same way, probably.
Intermediate A: what’slife expectancyyour country? B: I’m not sure, but probably about 75 years. How aboutyour country? A: about 70,think. This newspaper article talks aboutproblemsan aging population. It’sproblem that will soon affect mostthe world. B:heard thatgovernment might needincreaseretirement age, because otherwise there will not be enough workerssupportyoungthe elderly. A: perhaps we needhave more babies! Tina gave birtha baby boy yesterday. B: did she? That’s great. However, if we have too many children, that will havebad effectthe enviroment. A: how’s your son these days? B: oh, he’s fine. Kids seemgrow up very quickly nowadays. A: he’ll beteenager before you know it! Teenagers are often rebellious! When do you mine ita good agehavechild? B:had mine whenwas 24. that’slittle young. I’d suggest you wait until you areyour late twenties., or evenyour early thirties if you havegood career. A: yes,think you’re right. I’m thinking about havingchild, but not just yet. B:therebig generation gap between parentstheir childrenyou country? A; Yes, there is. Teenagers do not wantlive traditonal lives. They wantgo out, have fun,exploreworld. They wantdevelop their own viewlife. Parents usually trydiscourage them, but they don’t often succeed. B:parents usually give their children more freedommy country. Sometimes they give them too much freedom. A: it’s almost impossiblegetright balance. If you are too strict, kids might ignore you. If you are too lenient, they might go wild.
Words Young old middle-aged elderly childhood adulthood teenager Generation retire early-twenties mid-thirties late-forties baby toddler Adolescent kid life expectancy 2 years old look(older) turning-point mature Child youth life middle old age pension
Phrases Grow up havechild become an adult leave school get married be born become pregnant give birth