Summer Jobs

Summer Jobs

Jun 26 2020

Intro

Many students can agree that one of the times that they look forward to the most is the summer! The sun is out, the weather is great, there’s no homework, and you can do whatever you want! Unless, of course, you have summer school or a summer job.

But some students like having a summer job. It’s a great opportunity to earn their own money and gain valuable work experience.

Brian and Marni talk about taking on seasonal work. Find out more in today’s English lesson about how some students spend their summer vacations.

Dialogue

Brian: Marni, have you ever had a summer job before?

Marni:  Of course I’ve had a summer job. I’ve had a multitude of summer jobs.

Brian:  Really? Did you find that to be stressful because you weren’t actually taking a vacation or taking a break?

Marni:  Sometimes you kind of wish I could be lazy and casual all summer. And just go with the flow. But ultimately, it’s nice to have that opportunity to make some money.

Brian:  One of my favorite summer jobs was actually, after taking a break from school, I’d go back and I was a painter for the school district. So I would still be at campus. But painting all of the doors, and the exteriors, and the classrooms. It was fun because I got to see my teachers and everyone who worked at the school in a totally different light.

Marni:  That would be kind of a neat situation. Seems like you probably gained some valuable experience. Bet you’re a pretty good painter now.

Brian:  Yeah. It totally helped me. And now I can paint walls seamlessly.

Marni:  I always think of seasonal work, too. Sometimes it’s nice when the Christmas season, or the holiday season, to pick up a little extra money there, too. And think of summer that way.

Brian:  As long as you don’t waste it. It’s a great way to save up money and have a savings account for later.

Marni:  It’s true. Yeah. Let’s go get some summer jobs.

Discussion

Marni has had many summer jobs. She’s always liked having seasonal work because it was a great way to earn extra money. Even though she did sometimes wish that she could just be lazy, in the end she liked making money.

Brian has also worked summer jobs. His favorite summer job was to help paint the buildings at his school. He learned a lot of skills and is now a great painter. He also agrees with Marni and says that seasonal work is a great way to earn money.

Have you ever had a summer job? Do you like working during your school break?

Grammar Point

Count and Noncount Nouns

Marni says, “Of course I’ve had a summer job. I’ve had a multitude of summer jobs.” She uses a count noun.

Count nouns are nouns you can count. They are individual units, and they can be cut into parts. Some examples of count nouns include tree, house, boy, girl, country, city, or in Marni’s example, job.

Count nouns can be pluralized. We can have three trees, two girls, or many ideas. It is possible to use the articles a and an with count nouns, when there is only one of them. For example, “I met a cute boy today,” or, “That’s an interesting idea.”

Noncount nouns are nouns that can’t be counted or broken into parts. These nouns cannot be pluralized. They have no plural form. Liquids such as coffee or water, concepts such as love or peace, and collective nouns such as furniture or luggage are all examples of noncount nouns.

Noncount nouns cannot be used with the articles a or an. To show the quantity of a noncount noun, we use expressions like some, much, less, a lot of, a little of, etc. For example, “I have a lot of furniture in my house,” or, “This guidebook doesn’t include much information about French culture.”

With noncount nouns, we cannot use the expressions “a few,” “many,” “both,” “several,” “one of,” or “a couple of.”

Which is correct, “There is so much traffics today,” or, “There is so much traffic today”?

Quiz

  1. How many summer jobs has Marni worked?

  2. What was Brian’s favorite summer job?

  3. During the busy holidays, some stores will hire __ workers.

  4. Which is incorrect?


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