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Vocabulary Quiz
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.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

1223 Soccer Moms

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

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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.