Akane talks about her mother and their relationship.
Ruth: So, Akane, tell me about your family. Who do you get on well with in your family?
Akane: Well, I think I get along the best with my mother, I would say.
Ruth: So, why is that?
Akane: Well, I think it probably has to do with the fact that we're both female. I mean the only other
people in my family are my father and my brother.
Ruth: So, what does your mom look like?
Akane: Well, she's actually taller than me. She has dark hair and a pretty firm build.
Um, she's not too thin and not too fat, and yeah!
Ruth: And what does you mom do? Does she have a job?
Akane: Oh, good question. She's actually a hair dresser. (Wow) Yeah, so she does my hair and
she's also an aesthetician as well so I get free skin care products from her.
Ruth: Oh, that's fantastic.
Ruth: So what does your mom like to do when she is not working?
Akane: Well, she used to take sewing lessons, so she really likes to sew things like her own curtains
and she even made me some clothes a few times.
Ruth: Wow, so she's talented.
Akane: Yeah, she's quite artistic.
Ruth: So when did you last see your mom or speak to your mom?
Akane: Well, the last time I saw her was this spring. I stayed at my parents house for about a week and,
yeah, that's when I saw her.
Ruth: Was that a couple of months ago?
Akane: Yeah, a couple of months ago, that's right.
Ruth: And what was the last thing your mom bought for you?
Akane: Actually, just before I came here, we went shopping together and because I have to fly away
to a new country she bought me some new clothes. She bought me a new coat actually.
Ruth: Wow, that's really nice. Well, thanks for that Akane.
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Who do you get on well with in your family?
If you have a good relationship or like to be with someone, then you 'get on with' her. Notice the following:
- He doesn't get on well with my sister, because he thinks
she is selfish.
- My dog gets on poorly with other dogs.
She has dark hair and a pretty firm build.
If a woman has a 'firm build,' she looks strong and athletic, like she exercises regularly. Notice the following:
- After she had her children she lost her firm build.
- He has a very firm build because he does yoga every
She's also an aesthetician as well so I get free skin care products from her.
An 'aesthetician' is a professional who cares for skin, usually the skin of the face. She gives services and products to help make skin look better. Notice the following:
- He had terrible acne when he was a teenager and had to
see an aesthetician for professional care.
- My aesthetician gave me a new lotion to decrease the
wrinkles under my eyes.
She used to take sewing lessons.
You 'sew' when you attach two pieces of cloth using a needle and thread (very thin string). We sew to fix clothes and also to make new clothes. Notice the following:
- Grandmother sews all her own clothes.
- My pants have a hole. I need to sew them.
She really likes to sew things like her own curtains.
'Curtains' are big pieces of cloth that cover windows in a house. We use them for privacy and decoration. Notice the following:
- Curtains give you more privacy at home.
- The new yellow curtains made kitchen look very bright.