"soft-hearted" = gentle, kind

"He might not seem very understanding, but you'll see he's soft-hearted once you get to know him."

"run in the family" = physical or personality traits that are similar

"All their kids are very athletic; it seems to run in the family."

A Fun Day

1. Pre-Listening Exercises

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If you were a child, where would you want your mother or father to take you on their day off (e.g., amusement park, zoo, swimming pool, a park, etc.)?

HELPFUL TIP : Spend time with your kids now. Children will grow up faster than you think, and you can never go back and do things with them again.

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2. Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation by pressing the audio button.
1. Where does the young girl want to go with her father?
A. to the park
B. to the movies
C. to the swimming pool

2. Who are they going with?
A. the girl's mother
B. the girl's best friend
C. the girl's older brother

3. Based on the conversation, what time will they most likely leave?
A. 9:30 AM
B. 12:45 PM
C. 2:00 PM

4. What does the girl want to do later?
A. She wants to walk to the ice cream store.
B. She wants to swim at the park.
C. She wants to go down to the beach.

5. What does the father suggest they do at the end of the day?
A. go to a restaurant
B. watch a fireworks display
C. play a board game


1. to the movies
2. the girl's mother
3. 2:00 PM
4. She wants to go down to the beach.
5. go to a restaurant


Girl: Dad, I'm bored today. I want to go to a movie?

Dad: A movie today? Well, I don't know. Here. Let me look at the newspaper. Okay. Ah, here's a movie that starts in the afternoon at 2:45. Well, should we take mommy with us?


Dad: Okay, we have to wait formommy because she's at a meeting right now.

Girl: Okay.

Dad: Alright. And what should we do after we see the movie?

Girl: Go on a walk.

Dad: Well, where would you like to go on a walk? Would you like to go down to the beach or through the park?

Girl: To the beach.

Dad: To the beach. Well, that sounds great. And then maybe we can go out to eat tonight. Does that sound okay?

Girl: Yeah.

3. Post-Listening Exercises

Family entertainment can be a way to improve family relationships. Share your thoughts and experiences on the following topics with a partner:

  • What things did you do together with your family when you were growing up?
  • Do you still do any of these things today?

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