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Personal Health Problems

Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation again by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Heather: Ron, what are you doing?

Ron: Ah, nothing. I'm just looking up some information on the Internet.

Heather: Like what? Let me see.

Ron: No, no, it's okay. I mean, you know . . .

Heather: Baldness? What are you looking that up for? [Well, you know . . . ] I . . . I mean, you're not that bad off.

Ron: Ah, there you go. Bringing it up again!

Heather: No. I mean it. You look great! Honestly, it's not that bad.

Ron: Hey, I get enough of it from friends, and the people at work, and now from you!

Heather: Well, maybe you could wear a toupee? I think you'd look great.

Ron: Oh no. And have it slip off my head on to my date's dinner plate as I lean over to kiss her? Uh-uh.

Heather: Well, have you ever thought about seeking medical advice? There are new advances in medicines that not only retard hair loss, but help regenerate new growth.

Ron: Ah, I still don't give much credibility to medical treatment to prevent permanent hair loss.

Heather: Well, what about accepting the fact that you're just losing your hair?

Ron: I just can't give up hope. I know appearances shouldn't matter, but I don't know. I just feel that women just avoid me.

Heather: Come on. You can't be serious.

Ron: No really. I've seen it many times. It just, I don't know . . .

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • baldness (noun): hair loss
    - Baldness affects many men in their twenties and thirties.

  • to bring something up (verb phrase): to start talking about something
    - Please don't bring up the subject again. We've already discussed it many times.

  • toupee (noun): a fake hair piece for men
    - I thought about buying a toupee, but I'd rather no wear one.

  • uh-uh (paralinguistic expression): informal way of saying "no."
    - Aren't you going to the party tonight?
    Uh-uh. I have finish a 20-page report by Monday, and I'm only on page one.

  • retard (verb): slow or prevent
    - This toothpaste is good for retarding cavities.

  • regenerate (verb): to start or stimulate new growth
    - We hope that this medication with regenerate new nerve endings.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations.

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