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ESL 325: The Demanding Son


ESL 325: The Demanding Son


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Luke didn't know what to do. He wanted to yell at Kyle, his fiancée's son, because Kyle continued to argue with his mom. She didn't even demand very much from him?Study hard, get the best grades you can," she told him. She tried to get it into his head that she didn't have the money to pay for his college education. Not a cent. Instead of studying harder, however, Kyle spent hour after hour playing video games on his computer. He waited until the last minute to study for school tests, and then stayed up all night cramming for them. When Jane tried to remind him that he needed good grades so that he could get a grant or a scholarship, he would get angry. He said it was her responsibility to take care of him financially until he graduated from college.

"Where did he get that idea?" Luke asked. "You've raised him for 10 years all by yourself. You don't owe him a thing. With his attitude, he should be glad you haven't kicked him out of the apartment already. He graduates from high school next year. When I was in the eleventh grade, my father made it clear to me that when I graduated from high school, I was expected to leave home. Yet Kyle thinks you have to pay his way through college!" "

Jane wouldn't allow Luke to talk to Kyle. "He doesn't like you telling him what to do. He says you're not his father, so why should he have to listen to you?"

"Well, his father's dead. He should appreciate that I'm around to try to help him." Maybe Kyle would learn to accept Luke's help and advice in time, Jane said.

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*Vocabulary:

• accept:
• allow:
• appreciate:
• attitude:
• cram:
• demanding:
• fiancée:
• financially:
• grade:
• graduate:
• grant:
• owe:
• remind:
• responsibility:
• scholarship:

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*Yes/No-Questions:

• Did Luke know what to do?

• Did he want to yell at Kyle?

• Did Kyle argue with his mom?

• Did she demand very much from her son?

• Did she have the money to pay for his college education?

• Did Kyle spend hour after hour studying?

• Did he wait until the last minute to study for school tests?

• Did he say that it was her responsibility to take care of him financially?

• Had she raised her son for 10 years all by herself?

• Did her son have a good attitude?

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*Fill in blanks:

Luke didn’t know what to do. He wanted ____ yell at Kyle, his fiancée’s son, because Kyle ____ to argue with his mom. She didn’t even ____ very much from him—“Study hard, get the best ____ you can,” she told him. She tried to ____ it into his head that she didn’t have ____ money to pay for his college education. Not ____ cent. Instead of studying harder, however, Kyle spent ____ after hour playing video games on his computer. ____ waited until the last minute to study for ____ tests, and then stayed up all night cramming ____ them. When Jane tried to remind him that ____ needed good grades so that he could get ____ grant or a scholarship, he would get angry. ____ said it was her responsibility to take care ____ him financially until he graduated from college.

“Where ____ he get that idea?” Luke asked. “You’ve raised ____ for 10 years all by yourself. You don’t ____ him a thing. With his attitude, he should ____ glad you haven’t kicked him out of the ____ already. He graduates from high school next year. ____ I was in the eleventh grade, my father ____ it clear to me that when I graduated ____ high school, I was expected to leave home. ____ Kyle thinks you have to pay his way ____ college!?”

Jane wouldn't allow Luke to talk to ____ . “He doesn’t like you telling him what to ____ . He says you’re not his father, so why ____ he have to listen to you?”

“Well, his ____ ’s dead. He should appreciate that I’m around to ____ to help him.” Maybe Kyle would learn to ____ Luke's help and advice in time, Jane said.

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

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ESL 325: The Demanding Son

*Vocabulary:


• accept: chấp nhận
• allow: cho phép
• appreciate: trân trọng
• attitude: thái độ
• cram: nói dóc, nhồi nhét, ăn quá nhiều
• demanding: đòi hỏi
• fiancée: hôn thê
• financially: tình trạng tài chính
• grade: cấp bậc
• graduate: tốt nghiệp
• grant: ban cho, cấp cho
• owe: nợ
• remind: nhắc
• responsibility: trách nhiệm
• scholarship: học bổng

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*Yes/No-Questions:

• Did Luke know what to do? No

• Did he want to yell at Kyle? Yes

• Did Kyle argue with his mom? Yes

• Did she demand very much from her son? No

• Did she have the money to pay for his college education? No

• Did Kyle spend hour after hour studying? No

• Did he wait until the last minute to study for school tests? Yes

• Did he say that it was her responsibility to take care of him financially? Yes

• Had she raised her son for 10 years all by herself? Yes

• Did her son have a good attitude? No

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*Fill in blanks:

Luke didn’t know what to do. He wanted __to__ yell at Kyle, his fiancée’s son, because Kyle __continued__ to argue with his mom. She didn’t even __demand___ very much from him—“Study hard, get the best ____grades__ you can,” she told him. She tried to __get__ it into his head that she didn’t have __the__ money to pay for his college education. Not __a__ cent. Instead of studying harder, however, Kyle spent ______hour_ after hour playing video games on his computer. __He__ waited until the last minute to study for ____school__ tests, and then stayed up all night cramming __for__ them. When Jane tried to remind him that _he___ needed good grades so that he could get __a__ grant or a scholarship, he would get angry. __He__ said it was her responsibility to take care __of__ him financially until he graduated from college.

“Where __did__ he get that idea?” Luke asked. “You’ve raised __him__ for 10 years all by yourself. You don’t __owe__ him a thing. With his attitude, he should _be___ glad you haven’t kicked him out of the __apartment__ already. He graduates from high school next year. _When___ I was in the eleventh grade, my father __made__ it clear to me that when I graduated __from__ high school, I was expected to leave home. _Yet___ Kyle thinks you have to pay his way __through__ college!?”

Jane wouldn't allow Luke to talk to _Kyle___ . “He doesn’t like you telling him what to _do___ . He says you’re not his father, so why __should__ he have to listen to you?”

“Well, his __father__ ’s dead. He should appreciate that I’m around to ___try_ to help him.” Maybe Kyle would learn to __accept__ Luke's help and advice in time, Jane said.

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

Đứa con trai đòi hỏi

Luke không biết làm gì. Anh muốn la Kyle, con trai của hôn thê mình, vì Kyle tiếp tục cãi lời mẹ nó. Cô không đòi hỏi nhiều ở con mình. Học chăm, lấy điểm tốt nhất mà con có thể có," cô bảo nó. Cô cố làm cho nó hiểu là cô không có tiền để trả cho việc học đại học/cao đẳng của nó. Không một xu. Thay vì học chăm hơn, ngược lại, Kyle dùng giờ này sau giờ kia chơi trò chơi điện tử trên máy vi tính của nó. Nó chờ đến phút cuối để học bài kiểm tra, và thức cả đêm để nhồi nhét chúng. Khi Jane cố nhắc nó là nó cần điểm tốt để được cấp học bổng, nó nổi giận. Nó nói nhiệm vụ của cô là phải lo tài chánh cho nó đến khi nó tốt nghiệp đại học/cao đẳng.

"Nó có ý nghĩ đó ở đâu vậy?" Luke hỏi. "Em đã tự mình nuôi lớn nó 10 năm nay. Em không nợ nó gì cả. Với thái độ của nó, nó phải mừng vì em đã không đưổi nó khỏi nhà. Sang năm nó tốt nghiệp trung học. Khi anh học lớp mười một, cha anh đã nói rõ với anh là khi anh tốt nghiệp trung học, anh phải rời nhà. Vậy mà Kyle nghĩ em phải trả tiền cho suốt đại hoc/ cao đẳng của nó!"

Jane không cho phép Luke nói chuyện với Kyle. "Nó không thích anh bảo nó phải làm gì. Nó nói anh không phải cha của nó, nên sao nó phải nghe lời anh?"

"Ừ, cha nó mất rồi. Nó nên vui mừng vì có anh bên cạnh cố giúp cho nó." Có thể Kyle sẽ học cách chấp nhận sự giúp đỡ của Luke và lời khuyên đúng lúc, Jane nói.

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. 143.Tiger Kills Two Men-2
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. 146.The Argument-1
. 147.The Argument-2
. 148.The Toilet Tank-1
. 149.The Toilet Tank-2
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. 173.The Christmas Gift-2
. 174.The Haircut-1
. 175.The Haircut-2
. 176.The Robbery at the Mall-1
. 177.The Robbery at the Mall-2
. 178.The Driving Lesson-1
. 179.The Driving Lesson-2
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. 196.The Rude Golfer-2
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. 199.The Light Eater-1
. 200.The Light Eater-2


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. 253.Woman Dies in House Fire
. 254.Plane Crashes into House
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. 260.Lies About Winning Lottery
. 261.Victory Dance Leads to Death
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. 266.The Way to a Man’s Heart
. 267.Female Seeks Mature Male
. 268.Let’s Go Fishing
. 269.Train Wreck “Frees” Cows
. 270.Valuable Guitar Found
. 271.Stepmother Kills Herself
. 272.Beautiful Teacher Smiles
. 273.Are Criminals Taking Over LA?
. 274.Police Arrest Happy Van Driver
. 275.Say Your Prayers
. 276.The Final Phone Call
. 277.Almost Perfect Children
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. 280.Squirrel Attacks Woman
. 281.To Save His Baby
. 282.English Is Confusing
. 283.Pump Up the Tires
. 284.Don’t Go Swimming
. 285.The Park That Went to the Dogs
. 286.Can You Spare a Carburetor?
. 287.Golf Like a Girl
. 288.Take Me Out to the Ball Game
. 289.Take This Job and Shove It
. 290.Where Did That Book Go?
. 291.When You’ve Got Your Health
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. 293.Inviting Poor Student to Dinner
. 294.When I'm in the Bathroom
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. 296.Five-Finger Discount on Candy
. 297.Collecting Seashells
. 298.At the Store Entrance
. 299.We Will See the World
. 300.Get Me a Caffe Latte




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. 303.The Careful Reader
. 304.Avoid the Flu
. 305.Magician Attracts Women
. 306.US Border Patrol
. 307.Car Shopping in California
. 308.Happy Anniversary
. 309.“Read All about It!”
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. 311.Bad Pork
. 312.Don’t Eat the Meat
. 313.Copper Robbers
. 314.Weekly Driving Lessons-1
. 315.Weekly Driving Lessons-2
. 316.Laundry Day-1
. 317.Laundry Day-2
. 318.The Bargain CD Set-1
. 319.The Bargain CD Set-2
. 320.It’s All Over
. 321.The New Clothes-1
. 322.The New Clothes-2
. 323.Food as Punishment
. 324.US Passports Outsourced
. 325.The Demanding Son
. 326.A Practical Joke
. 327.The Dead Pedestrian
. 328.Bad News, Good News
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. 330.The Rude Clerk
. 331.The Tax Charge
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. 335.The Vacuum Cleaner Filter-2
. 336.The Rental Car-1
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. 340.Don’t Take My Property
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. 342.The Refund-1
. 343.The Refund-2
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. 346.TSA’s New Policy-2
. 347.I’m Pregnant
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. 350.Protecting the Public
. 351.Malibu to License Paparazzi
. 352.I'm Moving to NY
. 353.The Heart Attack-1
. 354.The Heart Attack-2
. 355.Let's Speak English

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