11 First Job


In this segment, six people talk about their first job.

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Eucharia, Ireland
speakerMy first part-time job was washing dishes in a restaurant. It wasn't a very glamourous job, but I really wanted it because I wanted to pay for horse-riding lessons, so every Saturday night I went to this restaurant and worked for maybe five hours every night. It was hard physical labor, but it taught me the value of money.

Tres, United States
speakerMy first part-time job: I was living in a small town, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and I worked for the Harmon Foundation, and they owned a hands-on, science and math museum for children, so every day I would run a laser light show, and once I was through with that I would give museum tours and explain the science and math background to each exhibit, to adults and children. It was a lot of fun seeing kids open their eyes to mathematics and science and wanted to know more and asking questions that I couldn't answer. I really, really enjoyed that, and so I hope that some of those kids that did come in, to the museum, I hope they did create a future in science.

Jeannie, United States
speakerMy first part-time job was as a cashier at a supermarket. I really hated it, cause I had to stand on my feet for basically eight hours a day dealing with a lot of people who don't appreciate the job that we do, so I had a lot of people yelling at me for different reasons and always misunderstaning the situations. It's not a job I would go back to.

Alan, Canada
speakerMy first part-time job was working at McDonald's. When I was fifteen, I had a job at McDonald's flipping burgers, doing fries, cooking, not taking orders. I enjoyed it for awhile, about two or three months, btu then I started losing interest in it, and after six months, I quit the job, but it was a good job for a fifteen year old.

Kate, New Zealand
speakerMy first part-time job was at a bakery, and this is in New Zealand and about, I was in high school then, so about two times a week, in the weekend and Fridays after school, and Saturdays all day, I would go to the bakery and sell the bread to the customers and then the best part about the part-time job was that at the end of the day, all the leftover bread, we could take home to our families, which made my brother very very happy.

Mark, United States
speakerMy first part-time job was at a restaurant called Chucky Cheese. It's a famous restaurant in America that is for little kids and sometimes I was a waiter but sometimes I got to dress up as Chucky. Chucky is a big mouse. He's the character for Chucky Cheese, and so I was, I would dress up in a big mouse costume and go around entertaining little kids.

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physical labor

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It was hard physical labor.

'Physical labor' is work that we do with our body. If we use muscles, and sweat, it is physical labor.  Notice the following:

  1. Jobs requiring physical labor are usually low paying.
  2. In developed countries, the demand for physical labor is low.

hands-on

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They owned a hands-on science and math museum.

Here, 'hands-on' refers a museum where people can touch things and actually do what they are learning.  For instance, learning math with colored balls is hands-on. It's easier to learn, and a lot more fun.   Notice the following:

  1. For children, hands-on materials can be a lot more fun.
  2. I learn faster with hands-on experience.

open their eyes

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It was a lot of fun seeing kids open their eyes to math and science.

When we 'open our eyes' to something that means we become interested in it. There are some things that many children are not very interested in, like math and science. When they see something that makes them interested in those things, it is called 'opening their eyes'.  Notice the following:

  1. The Mozart festival really opened his eyes to classical music.
  2. As a kid, reading opened my eyes to the rest of the world.

flipping burgers

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I had a job at McDonald's flipping burgers.

'Flipping burgers' means to make hamburgers. It actually means to quickly turn  them over while they are cooking, but it is used to describe the activities of any person who works in a hamburger restaurant.  Notice the following:

  1. Flipping burgers is a popular part-time job for students.
  2. In high school I tried flipping burgers for a week.  I hated it!

leftover

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We could take all the leftover bread home.

'Leftover' means something isn’t used at the end of the day. We usually keep leftover food in the refrigerator and eat it the following day.  Notice the following:

  1. I love leftover pizza!
  2. There are always a lot of delicious leftovers during the holiday season.
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Complete the sentences with the words below.
physical • hands-on • open his eyes
flipping • leftover
  1. I need a experience to remember anything.
  2. We can make some sandwiches with the turkey.
  3. You can't spend your whole life burgers at a fast food restaurant.
  4. Volunteer work helped him to the people who need help.
  5. My job involves a lot of labor and I'm exhausted by the end of the day.