761 TV Remote Wars

Mark and Todd talk about old TVs and the good and bad of remote controls.

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Todd: OK, Mark, I thought we would talk about television. The theme this week will be TV.

Mark: OK.

Todd: First of all, how much television do you watch a day?

Mark: Per day? In Japan?

Todd: Yeah.

Mark: Not so much because my Japanese is not so good so recently I've been watching TV via the internet on a PC.

Todd: Oh, really.

Mark: Yeah, but if I for example have SKY TV, satellite TV maybe five or six hours per day.

Todd: Whoa!

Mark: Yeah, especially news. I love watching news programs.

Todd: OK, so you watch five to six hours of television.

Mark: If I am free. On a Saturday. One the weekends.

Todd: A weekend type thing. And the thing you enjoy watching most is news?

Mark: I like news programs also sports. Yeah.

Todd: Sports! What kinds of sports?

Mark: Any sports really, I watch on TV. Yeah, football, basketball, baseball, American football.

Todd: Right. Here's a question, so you think it's better to watch sport on TV or to watch it live?

Mark: Oh, definitely live.

Todd: Oh, you think so.

Mark: Yeah, but it's pretty expensive to watch live.

Todd: Right.

Mark: Definitely live.

Todd: I don't know. I'm kind of the other way. Like, except for baseball, cause I'm a huge baseball fan, but every other sport in America, basketball and American football, I think it's better to watch on TV.

Mark: Actually, I prefer both. So I go to the game and watch it live and then afterwards I can watch the replay on TV to look at the main place of the game. Obviously when you are watching it on TV you are a lot closer to the action.

Todd: Right. Well, you have the thrill of the crowd and all of that, but especially like American football, there's so many close plays and this and that, plus American football is terrible to watch live because during the commercial breaks there is just nothing going on. You know? So you are better off being home and watching a commercial I think.

Mark: Right. Yeah, and you can go for a beer or maybe a cup of tea at commercial. Actually, a few.. about a year ago I recently got contact lens because my eyes weren't so good, but when I was going to the football stadium, I couldn't see. You were so far away. But I didn't realize that my eyes were so bad. I thought they were just very far away until I got contact lens, and then suddenly I could see all the game. So that was a big improvement.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

someone there for you

I think that it is the biggest blessing in my life because there's always someone there for you.

When 'someone is there for you,' it means that they are there to help and support you through difficult times.

Notice the following:

  1. It is really important in life to have someone who is there for you.
  2. It makes me feel better when I have someone there for me, as it makes me feel supported.

stay-at-home mom

I would love to be a stay-at-home mom.

When you are a 'stay-at-home-mom,' it means that you are home with your children full time and that you do not do paid work outside of the home.

Notice the following:

  1. I did not enjoy being a stay-at-home mom, as I felt very lonely.
  2. She is quite happy being a stay-at-home mum, I think.

financially stable

I know I can actually be financially stable enough that my kids will have what they need.

When you are 'financially stable,' it means that you have enough money and you do not need to worry about it.

Notice the following:

  1. I am a lot happier now that I know that I am financially stable.
  2. We were a lot more financially stable when both me and my husband worked.

I wouldn't mind

I wouldn't mind still working

If you 'wouldn't mind' something, it means that you would not have any big objections to  or problems with something.

Notice the following:

  1. I wouldn't mind going to the cinema if you want to.
  2. She said that she wouldn't mind if more people came to the party as she had made plenty of food.

how we are as far as

It would depend on how we are as far as money is concerned.

'How we are as far as' means how well we are doing in a specific area, in this case money.

Notice the following:

  1. Do you know how we are as far as the plans for the holiday are concerned?
  2. She said it depended on how we are as far as the cleaning is concerned.


Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
there • stay-at-home • financially
wouldn't • as far as
  1. She was a mom for 5 years after her kids were born.
  2. If you would prefer to come over a little earlier, I mind at all.
  3. How are you feeling energy?
  4. When you have difficult times in life, it's good to have someone for you.
  5. One of the best things about graduating from college is being more stable.