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ESL 328: Bad News, Good News


ESL 328: Bad News, Good News


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"My period started today," Ruth said. Brody could hear her sadness over the phone. "Oh, I'm sorry, honey. That's too bad," Brody said. Until now, they both had assumed that she was pregnant, because her period was supposed to start three weeks ago.

Brody had mixed feelings about the news. On the one hand, he knew that Ruth wanted a baby more than anything else in the world. So, he naturally wanted her to be pregnant and happy. In fact, he wanted a kid as much as she did. He would love to have a son, so he could teach him how to avoid all the stupid mistakes Brody had made in his own life.

On the other hand, he had just read about a new study that said the cost of raising a child was now $225,000. And that was just through high school. College was an additional expense. Right now, the average cost of attending a public university was $6,000 a year--if the student lived at home. Eighteen years from now, how much would it be?

Brody and Ruth had only $50,000 in savings, not even enough for a down payment on a nice house. Plus, neither of them had health insurance. Premiums for insuring themselves and the baby would cost at least $400 a month, not to mention the deductibles and co-pays.

"You worry about money too much," Ruth had once told him. "Look at you—your parents raised you and five more kids, and they were making much less than we are making now."

"That's true," Brody agreed. "But things were a lot different then."

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*Vocabulary:

• assume:
• average:
• avoid:
• co-pay:
• deductible:
• insurance:
• mention:
• mistake:
• naturally:
• period:
• pregnant:
• premium:
• raise:
• sadness:
• stupid:

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*Yes/No-Questions:

• Had they assumed that she was pregnant?

• Was her period supposed to start 3 weeks ago?

• Did Brody have mixed feelings about the news?

• Did he want a kid more than she did?

• Did he want to teach his son how to make stupid mistakes?

• Did a new study say that raising a child cost $22,500?

• Was the average cost of attending a public university $6,000 a year?

• Did Brody and Ruth have $500,000 in savings?

• Did they have health insurance?

• Would premiums for insuring themselves and the baby cost at least $400 a month?

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*Fill in blanks:

“My period started today,” Ruth said. Brody could ____ her sadness over the phone. “Oh, I’m sorry, ____ . That’s too bad,” Brody said. Until now, they ____ had assumed that she was pregnant, because her ____ was supposed to start three weeks ago.

Brody ____ mixed feelings about the news. On the one ____ , he knew that Ruth wanted a baby more ____ anything else in the world. So, he naturally ____ her to be pregnant and happy. In fact, ____ wanted a kid as much as she did. ____ would love to have a son, so he ____ teach him how to avoid all the stupid ____ Brody had made in his own life.

On ____ other hand, he had just read about a ____ study that said the cost of raising a ____ was now $225,000. And that was just through ____ school. College was an additional expense. Right now, ____ average cost of attending a public university was ____ ,000 a year--if the student lived at home. Eighteen ____ from now, how much would it be?

Brody ____ Ruth had only $50,000 in savings, not even ____ for a down payment on a nice house. ____ , neither of them had health insurance. Premiums for ____ themselves and the baby would cost at least ____ a month, not to mention the deductibles and ____ -pays.

“You worry about money too much,” Ruth had ____ told him. “Look at you-your parents raised you ____ five more kids, and they were making much ____ than we are making now.”

“That’s true,” Brody ____ . “But things were a lot different then.”

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

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ESL 328: Bad News, Good News

*Vocabulary:


• assume:dự tính
• average: trung bình
• avoid: tránh
• co-pay: cùng thanh toán
• deductible: trừ
• insurance: bảo hiểm
• mention: đề cập
• mistake: lỗi
• naturally: thông thường
• period: khoảng
• pregnant: có thai
• premium: cao cấp
• raise: tăng
• sadness: buồn
• stupid: ngu ngốc

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*Yes/No-Questions:

• Had they assumed that she was pregnant? Yes

• Was her period supposed to start 3 weeks ago? Yes

• Did Brody have mixed feelings about the news? Yes

• Did he want a kid more than she did? No

• Did he want to teach his son how to make stupid mistakes? No

• Did a new study say that raising a child cost $22,500? No

• Was the average cost of attending a public university $6,000 a year? Yes

• Did Brody and Ruth have $500,000 in savings? No

• Did they have health insurance? No

• Would premiums for insuring themselves and the baby cost at least $400 a month? Yes

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*Fill in blanks:

“My period started today,” Ruth said. Brody could __hear__ her sadness over the phone. “Oh, I’m sorry, __honey__ . That’s too bad,” Brody said. Until now, they __both__ had assumed that she was pregnant, because her __period__ was supposed to start three weeks ago.

Brody __had__ mixed feelings about the news. On the one __hand__ , he knew that Ruth wanted a baby more __than__ anything else in the world. So, he naturally _wanted___ her to be pregnant and happy. In fact, __he__ wanted a kid as much as she did. __He__ would love to have a son, so he __could__ teach him how to avoid all the stupid __mítakes__ Brody had made in his own life.

On __the__ other hand, he had just read about a __new__ study that said the cost of raising a _child___ was now $225,000. And that was just through _high___ school. College was an additional expense. Right now, _the___ average cost of attending a public university was __6__ ,000 a year--if the student lived at home. Eighteen __years__ from now, how much would it be?

Brody _and___ Ruth had only $50,000 in savings, not even __enough__ for a down payment on a nice house. __Plus__ , neither of them had health insurance. Premiums for __insuring__ themselves and the baby would cost at least __$400__ a month, not to mention the deductibles and __co__ -pays.

“You worry about money too much,” Ruth had __once__ told him. “Look at you-your parents raised you __and__ five more kids, and they were making much ____less__ than we are making now.”

“That’s true,” Brody ____agreed__ . “But things were a lot different then.”

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

Tin xấu, tin tốt

"Em có chu kỳ hôm nay," Ruth nói. Brody có thể nghe thấy nổi buồn của cô ấy qua điện thoại. "Oh, anh xin lỗi, cưng. Điều đó tệ thật," Brody nói. Đến giờ, họ đều cho rằng cô ấy đã mang thai, vì chu kỳ của cô ấy lẽ ra phải có cách đây ba tuần.

Brody có cảm giác lẫn lộn về tin đó. Một mặt, anh biết Ruth mong muốn một đứa con hơn mọi thứ trên đời. Nên tự nhiên anh cũng muốn cô ấy có thai và hạnh phúc. Thật ra, anh cũng muốn có con như cô ấy muốn. Anh thích có con trai, để anh có thể dạy nó tránh khỏi những lỗi ngớ ngẩn mà Brody đã gặp phải trong đời mình.

Mặt khác, anh vừa đọc nghiên cứu nói chi phí để nuôi lớn một đứa con bây giờ là $225,000. Và đó mới chỉ là qua trung học. Đại học là thêm chi phí nữa. Bây giờ, chi phí trung bình để tham gia đại học công lập là $6,000 một năm--nếu sinh viên ở tại nhà. Mười tám năm nữa, nó sẽ là bao nhiêu?

Brody và Ruth chỉ có $50,000 tiền tiết kiệm, không đủ để đặt cọc cho một căn nhà dễ coi. Thêm nữa, không ai trong họ có bảo hiểm y tế. Bảo hiểm cho họ và đứa bé ít ra là $400 một tháng, không kể các phí giảm trừ và cùng trả.

"Anh quá lo lắng về chuyện tiền bạc," có lần Ruth nói với anh. "Nhìn anh kìa-cha mẹ nuôi anh và năm người con nữa, và họ kiếm ít tiền hơn chúng ta ngày nay."

"Đúng," Brody đồng ý. "Nhưng mọi việc bây giờ khác trước nhiều."

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. 3.The Yardman
. 4.Grab Your Umbrellas
. 5.Shopping for Bargains
. 6.Horses to Ride
. 7.A Shower Injury
. 8.Pete's Sharp Knife
. 9.A Good Sandwich
. 10.Sara's Upset Stomach
. 11.Please Marry Me!
. 12.Laundry Day
. 13.A Noisy Neighbor
. 14.The New Realtor
. 15.The Fire Alarm
. 16.Eddie's Short Visit
. 17.Carbon Monoxide
. 18.A Visit to Asia
. 19.School Boys
. 20.The Loose Button
. 21.The Pile of Paper
. 22.Brushing and Flossing
. 23.Raising the Kids
. 24.A Clean Toilet Bowl
. 25.A Love Letter
. 26.A Bird Attacks
. 27.A Daytime Robbery
. 28.Trick or Treat
. 29.The Motorcycle Rider
. 30.Spock Saves His Dad
. 31.Provider Overbills Customer
. 32.The Breakup
. 33.Famous Model Dies
. 34.Shopping Carts Everywhere
. 35.Four Slit Throats
. 36.Does Garlic Mean Garlic?
. 37.A Jealous Girlfriend
. 38.Towns Hit by Snowstorms
. 39.Another Jealous Girlfriend
. 40.She Loves Her Son
. 41.The Doctor’s Exam
. 42.Hospitals Can Make You Sick
. 43.English Is So Hard
. 44.Hollywood Stars and Tourists
. 45.GEICO’s TV Lizard
. 46.Law and Order in LA
. 47.Destruction of Iraq
. 48.Have You Seen This Man?
. 49.LA Traffic Report
. 50.LA Radio News


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. 52.Her First Driving Accident
. 53.You’re Not a Good Principal
. 54.I’ve Got You Covered
. 55.Paris Goes to Jail in LA
. 56.A Year with No TV
. 57.Let’s Buy Some Paint
. 58.I Need Water for My Clients
. 59.Putting Bunny to Sleep
. 60.Where Is That Darn Battery?
. 61.If You Really Love Me…
. 62.The Wedding Gift (1)
. 63.The Wedding Gift (2)
. 64.Does a Tiger Change Its Stripes?
. 65.No Place Like an Open House
. 66."We Could Have All Died!"
. 67.It’s the Thought that Counts
. 68.Who Ordered the Scallops?
. 69.You’re Not My Daddy
. 70.Let He Who Is Without Sin…
. 71.Shopping at the 99 Cents Store
. 72.Betting Big in Vegas
. 73.Priced to Sell!
. 74.The Handyman Comes
. 75.A Woman Has Needs
. 76.A Hot Day and a Cool Pool
. 77.Up, Up, and Away
. 78.Man's Best Friend
. 79.Six Feet Under
. 80.An Unhappy Worker
. 81.Why the Sky Is Brown
. 82.It’s a Small World
. 83.Suspicious Shoppers
. 84.Death Is Part of Life
. 85.Tagger Shoots Woman
. 86.Crime on the Rise
. 87.Too Soft on Crime
. 88.Pluto Chases Kid
. 89.In Harm’s Way
. 90."Semper Buy"
. 91.A Little Respect, Please
. 92.A Dream from Beyond-1
. 93.A Dream from Beyond-2
. 94.A Trip to Egypt
. 95.No Doughnuts for Old Folks
. 96.It’s Just Business
. 97.A Walk in the Wild
. 98.Elvis Is Alive and Well
. 99.Bad Weed, Bad Call
. 100.Shark Attack


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. 102.Interstate Bridge Collapses
. 103.Stop Selling Those Bunnies
. 104.Actor Tries to Kill Himself
. 105.US Senator Says He’s not Gay
. 106.E.Coli Is Everywhere
. 107.Influenza
. 108.The Hospital Orderly-1
. 109.The Hospital Orderly-2
. 110.Flower Power
. 111.Dog Inherits Millions
. 112.Man Holds Staff Hostage
. 113.Young Boy Defends Sister
. 114.Remember Me?
. 115.The Way to a Man’s Heart
. 116.Sail Around the World
. 117.New Dog-Barking Law
. 118.Man Flies in Lawn Chair-1
. 119.Man Flies in Lawn Chair-2
. 120.Cleaning a Dirty Plate
. 121.Her Driving Lesson
. 122.Hurricane Dean
. 123.Adventurer Disappears
. 124.Nursing Student Disappears
. 125.The Lovely Banana
. 126.Smells like Chicken
. 127.The Wedding-1
. 128.The Wedding-2
. 129.The Waiter
. 130.Your Country Thanks You
. 131.D.B.Cooper Lives On-1
. 132.D.B.Cooper Lives On-2
. 133.I’m No Alcoholic!
. 134.48 Homes Burn Down-1
. 135.48 Homes Burn Down-2
. 136.Drought Attacks Georgia
. 137.A Bad MRI Experience
. 138.Body in a Barrel-1
. 139.Body in a Barrel-2
. 140.Red Meat, Gray Water
. 141.All Bite, No Bark
. 142.Tiger Kills Two Men-1
. 143.Tiger Kills Two Men-2
. 144.Red Flowers Make Her See Red
. 145.The Starbucks Robbery
. 146.The Argument-1
. 147.The Argument-2
. 148.The Toilet Tank-1
. 149.The Toilet Tank-2
. 150.Santa Was Molested




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. 152.Police Arrest Fire-Starters
. 153.Get out of "Jail"-1
. 154.Get out of "Jail"-2
. 155.New Year Celebrations
. 156.$50K to Waitress-1
. 157.$50K to Waitress-2
. 158.Who Needs School?
. 159.Black Friday
. 160.JFK Assassination
. 161.Don’t Top Off the Tanks
. 162.The Clapper
. 163.Tuberculosis Still Kills
. 164.Old Dogs Become Young Again
. 165.Ham and Eggplant
. 166.A Hole in Her Ear-1
. 167.A Hole in Her Ear-2
. 168.The Drugs Keep Coming
. 169.Missing Husband-1
. 170.Missing Husband-2
. 171.Don’t Get Mad-Get Even
. 172.The Christmas Gift-1
. 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
. 180.The Move to Georgia-1
. 181.The Move to Georgia-2
. 182.I’ll Get a Job in a Restaurant
. 183.A Cleaner River-1
. 184.A Cleaner River-2
. 185.The Spitter
. 186.Kill Those Flies-1
. 187.Kill Those Flies-2
. 188.The Oil Change-1
. 189.The Oil Change-2
. 190.Boy Starts Huge Fire
. 191.Writers Go on Strike
. 192.Please Don’t Hurt Me!
. 193.It’s Just a Little White Lie
. 194.Jury Service in California
. 195.The Rude Golfer-1
. 196.The Rude Golfer-2
. 197.Man Invents Toilet for Cars
. 198.Monkeys Cause Man’s Death
. 199.The Light Eater-1
. 200.The Light Eater-2


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. 202.Man Injured at Fast Food Place
. 203.A Life-Saving Cow
. 204.Driver Loses Mabel, Finds Jail
. 205.Jerry Decided To Buy a Gun
. 206.Freeway Chase
. 207.Better To Be Unlucky
. 208.Food Fight Erupted in Prison
. 209.How His Pig is Doing
. 210.Goats Being Hired
. 211.A Missing Cat
. 212.Book Him
. 213.Water Under the Sink-1
. 214.Water Under the Sink-2
. 215.Theft Occurs Everywhere
. 216.Eggs and a Bunny
. 217.Goodbye to Clean Couple
. 218.$100 Deposit
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. 220.A Murder-Suicide
. 221.New Store and Its Owners
. 222.Hit-and-Run Charge
. 223.Gasoline Prices Hit Record High
. 224.A Festival of Books
. 225.Crazy Housing Prices
. 226.Happy and Unhappy Renters
. 227.Pulling Out Nine Tons of Trash
. 228.Cloning Pets
. 229.Rentals at the Oceanside
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. 232.Popular Park Reopens
. 233.Swim Classes Begin Soon
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. 237.Bathtub Blues
. 238.Blood Drive at Civic Center
. 239.City Hosts 42nd Art Fair
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. 242.Immigration Goes Online
. 243.Jimmy Fixes His Door
. 244.Needs a New Air-Conditioner
. 245.Man Gets 12 Years for Fraud
. 246.Man Shoots Up Post Office
. 247.Murals Are Over 200 Years Old
. 248.Pier Collapses
. 249.Cameras in Police Cars
. 250.A School Girl Sues Her School


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. 252.Boy Drowns in Neighbor's Pool
. 253.Woman Dies in House Fire
. 254.Plane Crashes into House
. 255.Fishing for Girls
. 256.Shot Next to Christmas Tree
. 257.Stabbed Outside Nightclub
. 258.Fishing Boat Sinks
. 259.The Mysterious Carport Stain
. 260.Lies About Winning Lottery
. 261.Victory Dance Leads to Death
. 262.Eat Your Vegetables
. 263.Honk if You're in a Hurry
. 264.The Man Who Loved Women
. 265.How to Get out of Jury Duty
. 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
. 278.There Goes the Neighborhood!
. 279.Let’s Go to Vegas!
. 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
. 292.That ‘New Car’ Smell
. 293.Inviting Poor Student to Dinner
. 294.When I'm in the Bathroom
. 295.It Was an Old, Worthless Clock
. 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




. 301.The Slow Computer-1
. 302.The Slow Computer-2
. 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!”
. 310.A Factory Worker
. 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
. 329.The Cluster Balloonist
. 330.The Rude Clerk
. 331.The Tax Charge
. 332.The Fire in the Hills-1
. 333.The Fire in the Hills-2
. 334.The Vacuum Cleaner Filter-1
. 335.The Vacuum Cleaner Filter-2
. 336.The Rental Car-1
. 337.The Rental Car-2
. 338.The Marathon Cheater
. 339.School Bus Crashes
. 340.Don’t Take My Property
. 341.New Law for Taco Trucks
. 342.The Refund-1
. 343.The Refund-2
. 344.Shut Your Mouth
. 345.TSA’s New Policy-1
. 346.TSA’s New Policy-2
. 347.I’m Pregnant
. 348.Court Approves Same-Sex Marriage
. 349.Impolite to His Brother
. 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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