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Would, Used To, Be Used To

For each of the following questions, listen to a man talking about himself and his son. Some of his words are missing. Choose the best words to fill in the blank.

After you answer the questions, listen to the whole talk and click on “Read the Words” to read along as you listen.

  1. I _____________ be a teacher, but I retired last year.

  2. When I was a young man, I moved out of my parents’ home as soon as I finished high school. I went to teachers’ college, and then I got a good job as a teacher. I _____________ go visit my parents on the weekends, but I never lived with them again.

  3. That’s why I’m surprised to find that one of my children still lives with me even now that I am retired. I _____________ believe that my children would all move into their own homes when they grew up.

  4. It’s my youngest son, Robert, who lives with me. He _____________ have his own apartment, but it was too expensive for him. You see, he doesn’t have a very good job.

  5. Robert is forty years old. He finished university when he was twenty-four. After that, he _____________ go out looking for jobs every day.

  6. But, he never got a good job. He’s been a waiter, a taxi driver, a store clerk, jobs like that. For the first few years, he _____________ dream of finding a great job, but he didn’t get one, so he stopped trying.

  7. He’s not unhappy. He _____________ being poor, wearing second-hand clothes, and driving a cheap old car, so it doesn’t bother him much.

  8. It bothers me, though. I’m not very happy to see him living this way. I just can’t _____________ my forty-year-old son sitting around at my house. Why can’t he make a life for himself?

  9. Sometimes I wonder what I did wrong. Maybe I was a bad father. Maybe that’s why my son can’t seem to grow up. But really, I know that when my kids were little, I _____________ try really hard to be a good father.

  10. I guess the world is changing. It’s not easy for people to find good jobs any more. I guess I just have to _____________ it.

Now, listen to the whole talk. Click on “Read the Words” to read along as you listen.

Read the Words

I used to be a teacher, but I retired last year. When I was a young man, I moved out of my parents’ home as soon as I finished high school. I went to teachers’ college, and then I got a good job as a teacher. I would go visit my parents on the weekends, but I never lived with them again.

That’s why I’m surprised to find that one of my children still lives with me even now that I am retired. I used to believe that my children would all move into their own homes when they grew up. It’s my youngest son, Robert, who lives with me. He used to have his own apartment, but it was too expensive for him. You see, he doesn’t have a very good job.

Robert is forty years old. He finished university when he was twenty-four. After that, he used to go out looking for jobs every day. But, he never got a good job. He’s been a waiter, a taxi driver, a store clerk, jobs like that. For the first few years, he used to dream of finding a great job, but he didn’t get one, so he stopped trying.

He’s not unhappy. He is used to being poor, wearing second-hand clothes, and driving a cheap old car, so it doesn’t bother him much. It bothers me, though. I’m not very happy to see him living this way. I just can’t get used to seeing my forty-year-old son sitting around at my house. Why can’t he make a life for himself? Sometimes I wonder what I did wrong. Maybe I was a bad father. Maybe that’s why my son can’t seem to grow up. But really, I know that when my kids were little, I used to try really hard to be a good father. I guess the world is changing. It’s not easy for people to find good jobs any more. I guess I just have to get used to it.