listening practice for intermediate level- one
Todd: Looking back I think other roles were kind of traditional like I have two sisters and they usually had the responsibility of doing the cleaning, and I had the responsibility of, you know, mowing the lawn, and taking out the trash and cleaning up the yard and stuff like that.
Was it similar in your house?
Buddhi: Well, dad used to do stuff like that and my brother and I didn’t do much work.
Todd: You were spoiled.
Buddhi: Very, very, very, very …. yeah. Did you ever decide to shift work with your sisters?
Todd: No, of course, it never even occurred to me. I mean, when you’re young, you just do they tell you to do, and to be honest I was very happy. I think I loved doing yard-work.
I loved mowing the grass and pruning the trees and, you know, taking about the trash – anything that was physical I enjoyed.
I didn’t enjoy cleaning. But you never had to do that?
Buddhi: Well, I cleaned my own room and my brother cleaned his own, and I mean, it’s obvious and it’s … I mean… it’s something we really should do, like at home.
When we eat, you clean your dish, and maybe we … when I grew up, I’d wash … I’ll do the dishes, and even if I didn’t do my mom wouldn’t expect me to do it, and make sure I do it somehow.
If it’s not done, she’d do it. If I do it, well, she’ll be thankful.
Todd: So, in your household, who mops the floor?
Buddhi: My dad would.
Todd: Your dad would. Who washes the windows?
Buddhi: My dad, yeah.
Todd: Oh, your dad! He’s hardworking. OK, who does the laundry?
Buddhi: My mom or myself.
Todd: Or yourself? Really! OK. What does your brother do?
Buddhi: Most of the time, like, he’s about eight years older than me, so as soon as he graduated from high school he went abroad for high studies, so when he was doing the usual stuff, I was a kid, so I was not doing anything, so soon after he went I took over or something like that.
Todd: Well you did some stuff.
Buddhi: I did. I’m proud.