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Date: Jan 10 2008

Themes: Family, Pop Culture


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“We take care of our children. ...[T]hey’re sheltered from everything as much as possible.”

- Footballer David Beckham on raising children while famous. (Close Up)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

hidden, protected, coddled, cared for

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

You know the kid who, by the time he finished school had still never kissed anyone, maybe never even thought about it? That kid was sheltered.

If you often hear swear words or slang words in your own language and you don’t know what they mean, you might be sheltered too. Someone who is sheltered is protected from the bad elements of the world, usually by his or her parents.

Saying someone is sheltered is generally a bad thing to say about him or her. It implies a lack of wisdom and experience. Most parents who shelter their children do so unnecessarily. They’re just afraid to let them grow up.

But when you’re as famous as internationally known athlete David Beckham and his wife Victoria Beckham, who you may know as Posh Spice, it’s pretty necessary to shelter your children a little. You don’t want reporters and cameras around them all the time, so you have to hide them from the world a little bit to make sure they grow up healthy.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“My brother is a little bit sheltered. He’s afraid to take the bus.”

“Mark was a little bit sheltered growing up, so when he moved out, he partied a lot.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

zeus2006 a life in which someone has been too protected by their parents from diffucult or unpleasant experience.
by zeus2006Super Member!
laraxu be proteced from any attack, danger and being hurt
by laraxu
it means to be secured or to be kept from danger
by curious_kimia
Marsei11e take care , guard from something
by Marsei11e
lathy I think maybe it means "cover",i mean his children are protected from things around which can make harmful for them.
by lathy
Happyeng I think the meaning is "be protected".
by Happyeng
shandyren Be sheltered means be protected from any hurt,take good care of them,be well considered from everything.
by shandyren
sowthistle it means to protect, not to let happen something unpleasant.
by sowthistle
leeloo25 David beckham and her wife protect their children of the showbiz
by leeloo25
ljiljana I think it means keeping someone safe; not allowing outter world to impact someone or something as much as possible
by ljiljana
nevillepc protected, like someone in a safe place
by nevillepc
mean protected and kept away from something
by o0oherzcheno0o
As shelter is a structure that protects you from the wild weather(e.g. storms), sheltered means PROTECTED, they're safe like in a shelter...
by adrianalucia
protected,be kept away from something not so good~
by icingblue813
protected from dangers
by puellanigra
samiman to have a protection from possible harsh surrounding .. someone does that
by samiman
rula1 It means that our children are in a secure place.They are safe .We do everything for our children to keep them secure ,safe and away from dangers
by rula1
scarlett19 I guess it means try to protect kids from everything bad in their minds
by scarlett19

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i think it is very ture what this lesson talked about,if parents sheltered their children too much will get a outcome just the opposite

03:02 PM Jan 10 2008 |


Saudi Arabia

it mean cover up

02:39 PM Jan 10 2008 |




I was sheltered by my parents in my childhood,I feel very happy when I recollect the things happended in my childhood,but I didn’t like to be sheltered in my youthhood,I felt I had grown up,I need to realize society in life

01:51 PM Jan 10 2008 |



should be apropos to love or face

01:10 PM Jan 10 2008 |



Overpratect,it’s bad for children

01:08 PM Jan 10 2008 |



yes, protect our children but like smooth like silky covered them they not feel like prison

12:02 PM Jan 10 2008 |



Protection from the evil elements in the world.

10:31 AM Jan 10 2008 |


zeus2006Super Member!


But it must not be like a prison, just must be nature.If a child feels as if he/she is in a prison at that time parents will lose while they want to protect them.

10:29 AM Jan 10 2008 |


Sri Lanka

children been sheltered most of the time portrais week personalities.They try to tear them selves away from others by falling apart.

09:59 AM Jan 10 2008 |




most teenegers are sheltered in my child age.

09:58 AM Jan 10 2008 |



shelter from smth it is protection from danger or bad weather

09:35 AM Jan 10 2008 |




i think it is to overprotect childern.it is not a good thing

08:17 AM Jan 10 2008 |




It means that our children are in a secure place.They are safe .We do everything for our children to keep them secure ,safe and away from dangers

06:08 AM Jan 10 2008 |



it means “bì hù” in chinese

03:32 AM Jan 10 2008 |

I'm celia


to escape everything s/he doesn’t like, under someone’s protection. and let herself in a perfect world.

03:31 AM Jan 10 2008 |




Parents are responsible to take care of kids and give them love and protect. But I don’t think too much sheltered love is good for kids’ growing experience. Kids also have the right to experience somthing unusual. That will be good for his future life.

02:32 AM Jan 10 2008 |

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