F2F Class Notes (David)

Today we focused on:

New vocab words

Speaking

This summer vacation, my team attended two tournaments. We got fourth place in one tournament. Another one is still [not finished][on-going].

Many of us believe that having children is the key to happiness and a perfect family life. Naturally, this idealistic image is true for some, but researchers say that in reality, children make us happiest when they fly the nest – when they have grown up and left home. Researchers in Germany looked at data from a survey of 55,000 over 50-year-olds living in Europe. The survey respondents were quizzed about their emotional wellbeing. The researchers discovered that most parents were happier with life after their offspring had left home and started making their own way in life. Researchers say this could be because raising children creates financial worry, stress, fatigue and anxiety.

Vocabulary

anxiety -> ang-zai-ety. a state of being worried and stressed

ex. The test gave the student a lot of anxiety.

fatigue -> fa-tee-guh. the state of being tired

ex: After playing soccer all day, I felt very fatigued.

offspring -> children

idealistic -> eye-deal-iss-tick. the perfect version of your idea

ex. Children tend to have an idealistic view of life.

reality -> ree-al-i-tee. In real life, what is actually happening

maintaining -> taking care of something, keeping up with something.

ex: Maintaining your health is important to a happy life.

aspects -> AS’pects. part of something, usually an idea.

ex: There are many aspects to learning a new language that you should keep in mind.

caregiver -> someone who takes care of someone or something else

reverse -> noun, adjective, verb. to go backward, especially when you’re driving.

ex: He started driving in reverse.

The company decided to reverse course on the big project plans.

He went in the reverse direction.

reversal -> noun. to change direction, usually to change to the opposite direction

ex: He had a reversal of opinion about the new law.

role reversal -> when two people switch their positions

symptoms -> how something, like a disease, affects you

depression -> a mental illness where you are extremely sad all the time

aging -> adj., getting older

Pronunciation

researchers – RE’searchers

image – im-ij

survey -> SUR’vey