Episode Summary: I talk about an immigrant family and what they can teach us about resilience and hard work.  

English Level: B1 🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Story of an immigrant family (0:36)
  2. Resilience (3:30)
  3. Sacrifice (5:55)
  4. What can I do for immigrants? (9:35)
  5. Recap (12:49)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. To dip (verb): to lower/decrease
  2. Landscaping (noun): the process of making a garden or other piece of land more attractive by altering the existing design, adding ornamental features, and planting trees and shrubs.
  3. Survival (noun): the state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances.
  4. Community (noun): a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
  5. To squeeze (verb: firmly press together
  6. Resilience (noun): the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
  7. Adversity (noun): a difficult or unpleasant situation.
  8. Sacrifice (verb): give up (something valued) for the sake of other considerations.
  9. Afford (verb): have enough money to pay for.
  10. Admiration (noun): something regarded as impressive or worthy of respect.
  11. Expat (noun): a person who lives outside their native country.
  12. complain (verb): express dissatisfaction or annoyance about something.

Phrases to Remember:

  1. to step up: come forward for a particular purpose.
  2. raise a child: Someone who raises a child looks after it until it is grown up.
  3. Bounce back: to return quickly to a normal condition after a difficult situation or event
  4. Give something up: part with something that one would prefer to keep.
  5. Repay someone: do or give something as recompense for (a favour or kindness received).
  6. Point something out: to talk about or mention (something that one thinks is important)

Mistake to Avoid:

Comprehension Questions:

  1. Where did the immigrant family spend their first few weeks in Canada?
  2. Where did the family go to work in the summers?
  3. How many children did this family have?
  4. Where did Jorge work when he first arrived in Germany?
  5. How many days did it take to drive from Canada to Guatemala?
  6. What did Jorge do to help immigrants improve their German?
  7. Where does Germany rank in terms of how easy it is to make friends?
  8. What can we do to help immigrants?


Question to consider:

Tell me about something you’ve learned from someone that comes from another country.


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