Welcome to Unit 1
In this unit, you will hear a lot of family talk. You will listen to a speaker talking about an interesting problem that families are having in many parts of the world today. You will watch a video in which Verna and Alphonse Green, the mother and father from our introductory video, deal with a problem in their marriage. You will hear a radio interview about adults who live with their parents, and you will listen to several people talking about the difficulties of working and caring for children. You will learn new vocabulary, and you will do exercises with these new words. Your listening skills will improve as you work on catching the basic ideas that people are saying, and your understanding of spoken English will improve as you practice picking the words out of sounds that are all linked together. Finally, your understanding of the grammatical use of would, used to, and be used to will improve.