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Date: Jan 25 2013

Themes: Family

Grammar: Gerunds vs. Infinitives


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It’s strange to think about how every person you know was once a baby. Some animals have offspring that are born walking. But human babies are so helpless. They seem very different from adult humans.

Babies are very cute, but also loud and always a handful. Some people these days live lives that don’t have a lot of babies in them. If you live in a city and mostly hang out with adults who don’t have children, you might not see babies very often. If you don’t have a lot practice, it can be hard to know what to do and how to act when you meet a baby.

In this English lesson, find out how Jason and Vanessa feel about babies.





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Jason:  My friend just had a baby and she offered to let me hold it, which was awesome because he is really adorable, but I realized I don’t know how to hold a baby. Like, she had to explain it to me.

Vanessa:  How could you not know how to hold a baby? What about your little cousins and stuff? Didn’t you hold them when you were a kid?

Jason:  You know, there weren’t a lot of babies around when I was growing up. I guess I was one of the younger members of my family so I wasn’t old enough to hold any babies when they were babies.

Vanessa:  Oh, wow. Well, I guess we’re different. My family is pretty big and I grew up with baby cousins all the time. And you know, I’m a girl, so I was always interested in giving them baths and feeding them and holding them. I guess maybe if you didn’t grow up doing that, it might be a little intimidating to hold a baby.

Jason:  They’re a little bit scary! I don’t know what they’re thinking, what they’re going to do. Obviously you can’t talk to a baby and reason with it.

Vanessa:  Well, I don’t think they are thinking much. But they are small and they do seem pretty breakable.

Jason:  Yeah! That’s what I was worried about, was that even if I held him wrong it would hurt him somehow. He seemed so fragile, but that is part of the appeal.

Vanessa:  That’s the good thing about babies though, they definitely let you know when they’re not happy.

Jason:  I see, yeah, that’s good to know.


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Jason recently realized he doesn’t know how to hold a baby. His friend had to show him how to do it. It was intimidating for him because the baby seemed so breakable.

Vanessa is surprised that anyone would not know how to hold a baby. When she was growing up, she held lots of babies.

Do you like babies? Do you spend a lot of time around them? What is your favorite or least favorite thing about babies?



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thank you for the lesson

01:20 AM Jan 25 2013 |

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