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Smoking:
Kicking the Habit

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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Woman : Hey. Are you okay?

Man : Yeah. I just have a cold, I think.

Woman : No, no you don't. You've sounded like that for a while. You smoke, and you're dying from it.

, Man : What? Well, you know, I'm just . . .I'm just a casual smoker, and I can quit anytime I want.

Woman : No, you can't. You smoke two packs a day, and I DONT call that a casual smoker.

Man : Hey, it's my choice, so butt out . We've talked about this before, and I'm tired of you, mom, and dad nagging me about it all the time.

Woman : Okay, but what about your kids? Don't you worry about how your smoking is affecting them?

Man : It's not a problem. I smoke outside.

Woman : Yeah, but don't you worry they'll start smoking too?

Man : No. They won't. I know my kids. I trust them.

Woman : Yeah, yeah. Didn't you say that Jacob got caught smoking a week ago at school?

Man : Yeah, but it was the first time . . . He's under a lot of pressure these days.

Woman : Yea, right. The first time you know of. He's lying to you.

Man : I trust him.

Woman : Really. Well, what about these cigarettes? [ What? ] Right here! [ Oh! ] I found them in his clothes when he stayed over last night. Listen.

Man : They . . . They're probably not his!

Woman : There his. He's following your example. You can't expect him NOT to smoke when you smoke yourself.

Man : Hey. Don't tell me how to raise my kids. It's my job.

Woman : I won't have to. You're killing yourself, and someone else is going to be raising your kids for you.

Man : Well, what does that mean?

Woman : Figure it out . Listen. I ('ve) got to go now. If you want to talk more, I'll be at mom's house.

Man : Whatever.


Key Vocabulary [ Top ]

  • sound like (verb) : seem, appear
    - It sounds like Andrew has a serious problem with alcohol.
  • casual (adjective) : happening at certain times, not usual
    - My brother says he's just a casual drinker, but he often gets drunk at home.
  • butt out (verb) : not interfere or get involved in someone's personal matters
    - Why can't you just butt out of my personal life? I don't want your advice or help.
  • nag (verb) : annoy or complain about something by asking repeated questions
    - My sister always nags me about not cleaning my room.
  • trust (verb) : believe somewhat is honest
    - I don't trust my roommate because he doesn't tell the truth all of the time.
  • get caught (verb) : someone discovers that you are doing something
    - Ashley got caught drinking in the bathroom at school.
  • figure something out (verb) : begin to understand something
    - When is Bryan going to figure out that he can't smoke in front of his kids?

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. [ Why do these? ]


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