Are birthdays celebrated in your culture and/or family, and if so, how are they observed (activities, food, guests, gifts)?
Here are some words and expressions that appear in the video:
discipline (noun): the mental ability to keep working on something that is difficult
– I don’t know if James has the discipline to take early morning classes at college. He is not a morning person.
– It takes discipline to save money for retirement.
pay off (verb phrase): pay a debt in full
– How long did it take you to pay off your car loan?
take care of something (verb phrase ): deal with a situation, attend to something, be responsible for something
– If you don’t take care of your credit card debt quickly, you can end up owing a lot of money for years.
Now, watch the interview and answer the comprehension questions. You can also turn on the automatically-generated captions for the video once you start it.
In what situations do people use cash or a credit card in your area (e.g., at a restaurant or in a open market place)? How have methods of payment changed over the years?
The following activities deal with related topics to give you additional language practice.