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Introductory Video

Watch the video of the Green family having a conversation at the dinner table. Their conversation is about family issues. You will study these issues in this unit.

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Read the Words

Alphonse: Please pass the gravy, Harold.

Alphonse: Thank you. Well, everybody, I hate to say this, but I think we're going to have to start being more careful with our money.

Susan: Oh, no, Dad! Does that mean I can’t buy those new shoes?

Alphonse:  Maybe not, Susan. Our taxes are going up again, because the government needs more money to build special homes for senior citizens. 

Harold: Senior citizens?

Susan: You know — old people.

Grandma: Let’s not talk about money while we’re eating! I want to enjoy my food!

Alphonse: I’m sorry, Mother. What would you like to talk about?

Grandma: Our neighbours! I think our neighbour’s doing something very bad. Last night, I saw her out walking on the street with a man — and it wasn’t her husband! She was out walking with a different man, at night!

Susan: Really, Grandma? Oh! That’s terrible! How could she do that? I mean, she’s about the same age as you and Dad, right, Mom? How could she do something so terrible, after so many years of marriage? And they have children, don’t they?

Verna: They have one son, yes, but he’s an adult now. He grew up and moved away from home a few years ago. But he moved back last week! He broke up with his wife, so he came back to live with his parents again.

Grandma: Oh, dear! Why did he break up with his wife?

Verna: He and his wife were fighting all the time because they had to work too much. They were working and looking after their baby, and they started to fight about it all the time.

Grandma: How sad!

Verna: The man you saw walking with our neighbour was probably her son!

Grandma: Oh! I guess you’re right! He did look quite young, actually.