1223 Soccer Moms


Todd talks with Julia about the concept of Soccer Moms and Nascar Dads.

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Todd: So, Julia, now you are a parent.

Julia: That's right.

Todd: And have you heard of all these terms that we have in the US for different types of parents? I wonder if you have them in the UK?

Julia: You mean like soccer mum, stuff like that?

Todd: Exactly.

Julia: That's the only one I've heard of actually.

Todd: OK. So what do you think a soccer mom is? What have you heard?

Julia: My image is a mother who dedicates her time to running her kids to and from soccer practice. Is that right?

Todd: Right.

Julia: And also drives a big vehicle? My image is of a big SUV or a big four wheel drive.

Todd: Right. I think it's also, it's like a parent that has many scheduled events for their child.

Julia: Oh, OK.

Todd: So maybe they have swimming class or soccer practice, ballet and stuff like that.

Julia: Oh, maybe I'm a little bit of a soccer mum.

Todd: Yeah, I think now, yeah. I think it's actually a good term. It's like, I think a soccer mom usually is considered a caring parent.

Julia: OK.

Todd: And they try to have their child doing productive things.

Julia: It must be pretty, quite an affluent perhaps middle class kind of parent.

Todd: Yeah, exactly, exactly. Now we have the equivalent, it's called a Nascar dad.

Julia: Is Nascar some kind of car racing?

Todd: Yeah, basically it's just the, these cars they run around and ride around in a circle. It's kind of like horse racing for cars, you just go round and round. But, yeah, so I guess it's the same thing. It's just a dad who's really, you know, really into his kids, spends a lot of time with his kids.

Julia: Would this be a stay at home dad, like a...?

Todd: No, no. It's just kind of like a good old boy father, like a dad who's kind of blue collar, not rich, you know, maybe lower middle class maybe but just kind of like your typical sitcom, TV sitcom dad I guess.

Julia: But that's nice. Takes his kids everywhere, that's nice.

Todd: Yeah, yeah.

Julia: Involved in the...

Todd: Yeah, like a Nascar dad would probably take his sons hunting and maybe take his daughter shopping and stuff like that.

 

 

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

productive

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Soccer moms try to have their children doing productive things.

Here, 'productive' activities refer to things that children can do that teach them and help with development. Notice the following:

  1. You need to try to be more productive during your time at work.
  2. I had a very productive day today.

affluent

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A soccer mom is an affluent, middle class type of person.

In this case, 'affluent' means a person who has a lot of money. Notice the following:

  1. He grew up in a very affluent family.
  2. This is a very affluent area, so we don't have to worry much about crime.

equivalent

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Now we have the equivalent to a soccer mom, which is a NASCAR dad.

When one thing is 'equivalent' to another, they are basically equal. Notice the following:

  1. We are looking for someone to do about 300 hours of work, which is equivalent to almost 2 months of full-time work.
  2. 13 Mexican pesos is equivalent to 1 U.S. dollar.

good-old-boy

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He's like a good-old-boy father.

The phrase 'good-old-boy' is used to refer to a man who is humble and generally well thought of in his area. Notice the following:

  1. My grandfather is kind of a good-old-boy around here.
  2. He's a good-old-boy father who teaches his kids to fish and play baseball.

blue-collar

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A NASCAR dad is blue-collar.

A 'blue-collar' worker is someone who works in a factory job or one that requires a lot of physical labor and not much formal education. Notice the following:

  1. Most of his family works in blue-collar jobs.
  2. Almost all of the available jobs in this area are blue-collar.

TV sitcom dad

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He's kind of like your typical TV sitcom dad, I guess.

A 'sitcom' is a type of television show that uses real life situations to create comedy. A 'TV sitcom dad' would act or look the same as a stereotypical dad on television. Notice the following:

  1. Some of the TV sitcom dads are really dumb.
  2. Her dad is basically like a TV sitcom dad.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
productive • affluent • equivalent
good-old-boys • blue-collar • sitcom
  1. All of his friends are .
  2. The amount of caffeine in that drink is to about 3 cups of coffee.
  3. He comes from a very hard-working, town with lots of factories.
  4. They are a lot like a TV family.
  5. Watching television is not a very use of your time.
  6. people usually work in the city but live in the suburbs.