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In today’s world, is a smartphone a necessity for people of all ages, or is it just a luxury item? Why or why not? How do people who grew up without mobile phones feel about this?
“phone someone” = call someone
“Why don’t you phone him and see if he’s coming to the party?“
“call it day” = finish work and leave your workplace
“Let’s call it a day. We can finish this project tomorrow.”
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Woman: Uh, excuse me, but uh, don't you already have a iPhone? Young Man: Man, yeah, but it's three months old, and it has a small scratch on it.
Woman: What? You have two phones?
Woman: What do you mean? When I met them last week, they seemed really caring.
Young Man: Not a good one. Only something about being self-reliant and not being so entitled, or something like that. And now they want me to work . . . on the neighbor's farm to pay for it. [Good idea!] It's not fair.
In the conversation, the man appears to be thinking about himself.
Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:
Many teachers have concerns about students’ use of cell phones at school and in the classroom. Think of three reasons for and against this issue and explain your ideas from your own experience.
Write one of your teachers an email about one of the topics or questions below. Then, summarize the teacher’s response and compare his or her answer to your own opinion.