1183 Changes in Appearance


Maria talks about what she would consider changing about her appearance.

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Alex: So Maria, I thought we'd just talk about things like what would you like to change about yourself? What would you like to change about your appearance?

Maria: Well, I don't like to think about changing myself. I like how people look from the birth, if you can say that, but if I should choose I would like to change my height because I'm very tall and it does cause a problem when I'm looking for a guy especially since in the past I happen to fall for shorter guys and I got issues because they were always being intimidated by my height especially when I wore heels so I would like to be, like have my body because I do like my long legs but just be shorter and not be taller than everybody as I am at the moment, all of my friends.

Alex: I guess that would also lead to you having problems finding shoes and clothes and stuff like that?

Maria: Indeed, yes. I have to watch out. Well in my country it's not a problem to find shoe sizes because we are a very tall people normally so shoes are big and clothes are big but when I travel, I went to China to visit a friend and I wanted to go shopping and it's impossible to find shoes and long pants and fitting bras too, if you can imagine. So I would like to change my height but otherwise I might change like my weight for example or I have changed my hair color several times. I went from black to blonde to black to red to blonde so otherwise I think I'm fine with me.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

cause a problem

It does cause a problem when I'm looking for a guy.

Some that 'causes a problem' creates a difficult situation for you. Notice the following:

  1. I would stay at your house, but I don't want to cause any problems for you guys.
  2. The fact that her boyfriend was a little older caused some problems for her parents.

fall for

I happen to fall for shorter guys

A person that you 'fall for,' is someone who you become romantically interested in. Notice the following:

  1. She falls for men quite quickly.
  2. He is always falling for beautiful women.

intimidated

They were always being intimidated by my height.

When a person feels scared of or threatened by you, you can say that they feel 'intimidated.' We can feel intimidated by another person's abilities, size, looks, etc. Notice the following:

  1. He is only saying those things to intimidate you.
  2. I was always very intimidated by her, because she was so beautiful.

lead to

I guess that would also lead to you having problems finding shoes.

If one situation 'leads to' another situation, it causes or creates the second situation. Notice the following:

  1. Smoking can lead to cancer.
  2. Knee injuries can lead to a lifetime of problems.

watch out

I have to watch out.

Something you have to 'watch out' for is something you have to be careful of. Notice the following:

  1. Watch out for the dog at this house, because she is very aggressive.
  2. You really need to watch out for police when you are driving this time of night.

 

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
cause • fall for • intimidated
leads • watch out
  1. At first, I was kind of by his intelligence.
  2. Bad weather would really a problem for our plans.
  3. This area has a lot of wild animals, so you really have to when you're driving.
  4. The first time that she met, she never thought she would him.
  5. Too much time in the sun to wrinkles.