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"get ahead" = become successful in your business or career

"Often, people give up time with their families to get ahead in life."

"control/hold the purse strings" = control the money in a family

"My wife is much better at managing our finances, so she controls the purse strings."

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A Hiking Family
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises

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mediumfamiliesconversationman - woman01:52

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What things can parents do to strengthen the relationship with their children? Discuss your ideas. Then, talk about things parents do or say that damage or hurt the parent-child relationship.

HELPFUL TIP: Bringing children into the world is the easy part; raising and teaching them correct principles is more challenging. If you are a good example to them, they are likely to follow in your footsteps.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the interview by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions based on the information you hear. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. Where did Randall probably grow up?
A. in Indiana
B. in Venezuela
C. in Utah

2. What was his undergraduate major?
A. English
B. Spanish
C. Japanese

3. How many children does he have?
A. two
B. three
C. four

4. What does Randall do on his hikes with his children?
A. He points out the wildlife and plants along the way.
B. He enjoys telling them stories about his life.
C. He teaches them how to survive in emergency situations.

5. What point does Randall make about raising children?
A. Enroll kids into schools early to help them learn better.
B. Be consistent in the way you administer discipline in the home.
C. Talk with your kids about problems so they learn how to solve them.

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your own family and then explain what you feel are the keys to a successful family, both emotionally and intellectually. Are there outdoor activities like hiking, biking, or camping that you enjoy doing together? What things can families do together to strengthen the family relationship? Discuss these topics with a partner and see if your families do similar activities.

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