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What jobs are popular among men and women in your country? Are there social or cultural rules that influence what jobs people do?
“learn the ropes” = learn how to do a specific job
“It took me a few months to learn the ropes at my new job.”
“pull one’s weight” = do a person’s share of the work
“If you can’t pull your own weight around here, the boss is going to fire you.”
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Ashley: Ryan. I just want you to know that I'm going to go to school to become an auto mechanic.
Ashley: And James is now back in college. He's majoring in nursing.
Ryan: Nursing? Nursing? That's a woman's job?
Ryan: Well, most men do those jobs, so . . . Anyway, women can do them if they want. I just think that women are better suited to be secretaries, waitresses, piano teachers. You know.
Ryan: Oh, well, just forget this. But not to change the subject, but I'm having a problem with my car, and I was wondering if Jimmy, I mean James, could take a look at it. Ashley: Forget it. Start pushing!
Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:
In the past, what kinds of jobs were mainly done by men or women (a registered nurse, a secretary, or childcare worker)? Is this still true today, or is this trend changing? What are the reasons for these changes: social, religious, or economic?
Use the Internet to find out how the workplace is changing in a different country in terms of men’s and women’s roles and cultural diversity. Interview a classmate from a different country if possible to understand their views on this topic. Here are some possible questions to consider: