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1058 Parenting Here and There

Layla talks about differences in parenting and family life in the U.S. and France.

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You've seen obviously life in France.

We use the adverb 'obviously' when we want to express something the listener is sure to know or be aware of. The question or comment would be obvious to the speaker. Here are a few more examples:

  1. Because of the rain, there will be no game obviously.
  2. As a Japanese person, you obviously must know about sumo wrestling.


You're saying the kids are spoiled.

A spoiled child is a child who gets anything they want. We usually use the term spoiled in a negative way, showing that someone gets what they want too much for their own good. However, it can be used positively sometimes. Notice the following:

  1. That kid is so spoiled. He is going to have problems later in life. (negative reference)
  2. I have a great boss and coworkers. I am very spoiled. (positive reference)

all the time

Both parents work all the time.

The term 'all the time' means 'often'. It shows that someone commits a lot of time to doing something. The phrase 'all the time' does not mean literally every minute of the day, but rather that something happens frequently. Here are a few more uses of 'all the time':

  1. I played soccer all the time as a kid.
  2. I see that guy all the time driving around town.

for awhile

You've been an au pair for awhile.

The phrase 'for awhile' refers to a lengthy period of time. We use the phrase 'for awhile' when we want to talk about time in general. The opposite of 'for awhile' is the term 'for not very long' which means a short period of time. Here are a few examples:

  1. I've been studying Spanish for awhile, but I still can't speak it.
  2. It's been awhile since I last saw Mary in class.


It's good for your resumé.

A resumé is a piece of paper that lists a person's job history and education history. When you apply for a job, you often have to submit a resumé. North Americans use resumés, while the British use C.V.'s. Notice the following:

  1. Could you please proofread my resumé for me?
  2. You should update your resumé before looking for work.