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Mixer 95 | Intermediate B1

Do you worry about your looks?

Several people discuss how much effort they put into their appearance.

George, United States
speakerDo I worry about my appearance? Yeah, I do. In high school I didn't worry about it at all, but I don't know, coming to college, I really became self-concious about my image and I tried to reinvent myself in a way, so yeah.

Aiste, Lithuania
speakerI don't think I really worry about my appearance because I don't have much time to worry about my appearance, and I don't consider it that important, but maybe sometimes I'd like to spend some time on it.

Enam, Bangladesh
speakerActually, I don't worry about my appearance but sometimes when it goes beyond the limit then I had to because everyone is a social being and it's different when it looks good and it's different when it looks bad. I think I lose my confidence when I look bad.

Jess, England
speakerYes, I do. I wish I didn't but I do. I spend quite a lot of time shopping, choosing clothes, doing my hair, fixing my make-up, getting my nails done, so yeah, I spend quite a lot of time on my appearance.

Christophe, Belgium
speakerWell, actually, I don't really worry about my appearance. I'm already telling myself to go to the hairdresser's for two months, and I still didn't go, so maybe I should worry a little but more because my hair really looks awful right now.

Chrystal, United States
speakerI don't. I think I'm OK. I used to be really worried when I was a kid cause, I don't know, like, I've been called four-eyes when I was in school by boys and I used to be bullied, but right now I sort of like my glasses, and I sort of like my appearance, so I'm not that worried anymore.

Lia, Indonesia
speakerNo, I don't really worry about my appearance. I'm not the type of person stands in front of a mirror before I go out for a very long time, so I just grab everything that I need and I just wear it and go out, but I still think that maintaining your appearance in front of public, especially in formal occasions, is very important.

Hanna, Australia
speakerI think everybody worries about their appearance to some extent. I don't worry about my appearance a lot but I think even in our society you're often judged by the way you look, so to be part of society at least, to some small degree, you have to worry about your appearance.

MJ, Korea
speakerYes, I think, as an Asian, my nose is too low and I kind of have a complex on it. And actually, I really want to do the plastic surgery, but it's kind of scary. I cannot do it.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!

reinvent myself


I tried to reinvent myself.

When we 'reinvent' ourselves, that means we make very big changes in our lives. Notice the following:

  1. At university, I tried to reinvent myself.
  2. Why don't you try to reinvent yourself?

lose my confidence


I lose my confidence.

In this instance, 'to lose confidence' our means we are not sure if people will like us and we don't feel secure in who we are.  Notice the following:

  1. I lose my confidence when I don't look good.
  2. Being out of shape makes me lose my confidence.

getting my nails done


I spend time getting my nails done,

The process of getting our nails trimmed and painted at a nail salon is called 'getting our nails done.'  Notice the following:

  1. I end up getting my nails done every week.
  2. Getting my nails done is really cheap.



I've been called four-eyes.

'Four eyes' is an impolite term for someone who wears glasses.  Notice the following:

  1. Hey, four-eyes!
  2. Don't call me for eyes.



I used to be bullied,

When we are 'bullied,' that means we are scared or hurt by someone who is stronger.  Notice the following:

  1. He was bullied in grade school.
  2. I bullied my younger brother when we were kids.

grab everything that I need


I just grab everything I need.

Here, to grab everything we need means to quickly choose the clothes we will wear without much thought.  Notice the following:

  1. She just opens the closet and grabs everything that she needs.
  2. I can't quickly grab everything that I need.  It takes time.

to some small degree


To some small degree, you have to worry.

The phrase 'to some small degree' is similar in meaning to 'a little bit'.  Notice the following:

  1. Everyone, to some small degree, cares about their appearance.
  2. Don't you, to some degee, worry about looks?

have a complex



I kind of have a complex about it.

When we have a complex about something, that means we think or worry too much about it.  Notice the following:

  1. I have a complex about my looks.
  2. My sister has a complex about her weight?

Vocabulary Quiz

lose confidence • bullied
have a complex • grab
to some degree
  1. Be sure to an umbrella before you leave.
  2. , we all worry about money, even rich people.
  3. People began to in the economy.
  4. Because I am fat, I about my weight.
  5. My big brother always me as a kid.

Answer the following questions about the interview.

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