802 Jeans Part 1


Mariel continues her discussion about jeans and the styles she likes to wear.

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Todd: Before musicians like you said used to wear ripped jeans. Jeans with big holes or rips in them.

Mariel: Oh, yeah, that was in the 80's.

Todd: OK, maybe that was my generation. So that's not popular anymore?

Mariel: Some people like to wear ripped jeans, yeah, still, but mainly the rips are quite neat, so they're usually ripped a little bit around the pockets or around the cuffs, you know the bottoms, Yeah

Todd: OK, yeah. That sounds like designer jeans. Maybe then like.... are they specifically made just for that style?

Mariel: Well, yeah. Actually, quite often the jeans you buy in the store are already ripped or already worn so they look like they're old but they are brand new.

Todd: But designer jeans can be really expensive, right?

Mariel: Oh, they can be very expensive but people are willing to pay the money because they're designer jeans. They're cool.

Todd: Well, how much do you pay for jeans?

Mariel: I can pay up to 120 Euros for jeans.

Todd: A hundred and twenty Euros.

Mariel: Yeah.

Todd: That's a lot of money.

Mariel: It's a lot of money, yeah, especially because I'm a student but I'm willing to put the money into it if the jeans fit very well.

Todd: Just, lastly about jeans, these days there's many different colors. You have the light blue jeans, or the darker blue jeans. Which colors do you like to wear?

Mariel: That depends on the time of the year actually. In the summer I like to wear light blue jeans and then in the winter I sometimes wear black jeans or really dark blue jeans.

Todd: Oh, that's interesting. So you change the color by season?

Mariel: Yeah, generally I think I wear more darker clothes in the winter.

Todd: Well, just off hand, how many jeans do you think you have? How many pairs do you have at home?

Mariel: I think I have about eight or nine pairs.

Todd: That's a lot.

Mariel: That's a lot but actually, I use only two pairs of them.

Todd: Your favorites?

Mariel: Yeah, my favorite jeans. And they're baggy.

Todd: OK, thanks Mariel.

Mariel: You're welcome. My pleasure.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

in the 80's

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That was in the 80's.

The 80's is a time expression that talks about the years 1980-89.  Notice the following:

  1. I graduated college in the 80's.
  2. Coffee shops really became popular in the 80's.

the cuffs

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They're ripped around the cuffs.

Cuffs are the bottoms of our pants.  Notice the following:

  1. I need to have the cuffs shortened.
  2. The cuffs are to long.

brand new

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They look old but they're brand new.

Brand new means very new.  We often use the term the first time we wear something.  Notice the following:

  1. Those jeans look brand new.
  2. Brand new jeans are not comfortable.

put the money into it

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I'm willing to put money into it.

When we put money into something that means we invest in it.  Notice the following:

  1. If it looks good, I'll put money into it.
  2. It's too old to put money into it.

eight or nine pairs

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I have eight or nine pairs.

Pairs come in twos. For example, a pair of shoes, glasses, earrings, etc.  Notice the following:

  1. Imelda just bought 4 new pairs of shoes.
  2. I need a new pair of glasses.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
in the 80's • the cuffs • brand new
put money into • three pairs
  1. Be careful when you wash that shirt because it's .
  2. Were you born ?
  3. I don't know if I should this old car.
  4. She has of black glasses, but they are all a little different.
  5. Roll up your pants or your will get wet.