tutorStudy Options
Improve your vocabulary, listening or reading skills with the quizzes below.
Vocabulary Quiz
lucky • problem solver • communication
busker • synchronized
  1. She has always had good skills and been good at public speaking.
  2. I am very to have such good friends.
  3. We should make sure our watches are all so we are here at the same time.
  4. The group has a box in front of them for donations.
  5. My ability as a is the most important part of my planning job.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
Audio Links

Download this MP3
(right click and save)

Buy this MP3 +1300
more MP3 and PDF


252 Fatherhood
Norman talks about his children.

  • Transcript
  • Audio Notes
Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

very lucky

I'm very lucky to have three children

If you feel like you have good fortune or that something positives has happened by chance then you are 'very lucky.' Notice the following:

  1. He hasn't been very lucky lately.
  2. You are very lucky that nobody was hurt in the car accident.

problem solver

My son handles big budgets; he is a problem solver.

A 'problem solver' is a person who looks for good, practical solutions to situations. Notice the following:

  1. Nobody is going to tell you what to do. They expect you to be a problem solver.
  2. This job requires you to be a problem solver.

communication skills

My son has very good communication skills; he sees solutions that please everyone.

'Communication skills' are the ability to explain what you are thinking or need to other people and understand their responses.  This can refer to words, as well as personal interaction and if people feel comfortable with you. Notice the following:

  1. Politicians should have good communication skills, not just read speeches.
  2. He is extremely intelligent, but doesn't have the right communication skills for the job.


My daughter has her own busker act with a friend, and she also teaches trampoline at the circus school.

A 'busker act' is entertainment that usually involves singing or dancing in an informal setting. Notice the following:

  1. There was a really good busker act outside the restaurant.
  2. The cinema does not allow busker acts in front of its doors.


She came in 7th for synchronized trampoline.

If things are 'synchronized' they happen at the same time.  In this case, performing the same actions as another person on the trampoline. Notice the following:

  1. There is a group that does synchronized dances in the middle of the game.
  2. She was part of a synchronized swimming group in high school.