125 Bad Hair Day


Listen to six people talk about the worst haircut they have ever had.

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Rese / Botswana
speakerThe worst haircut I ever had was when I cut my- completely bald actually, because my eyes started to pop out and my nose looked bigger. And especially because I had that haircut in winter, so it was really cold and my head was kind of freezing.

Antoinette / United States
speakerOh, yes, I've had many bad haircuts. I'm an African-American, and living outside of an African-American community and having to get a haircut can be a trying experience. I lived overseas in an Asian community and I had my haircut. The first time I had my haircut, I didn't cry, but the person cutting my hair cried, because she didn't understand how to cut my hair. The second time I had my haircut, I had dreadlocks and I really liked my dreadlocks. I don't know why I cut them, still can't figure that out to this day, but I cried at that time.

Katia / Mexico
speakerI had a few couple of bad haircuts. Probably, the worst one was when I cut my hair really short, and I made curls or had curls in my hair and it was short at the same time. I was not able to brush my hair for a few months after that haircut. Probably, that was my worst one.

Paul / England
speakerThe worst haircut I ever had was when I was preparing for a job interview and I asked the barber for a smart business cut. He did give me a smart business cut; however, it seems that the barber may have learned his trade in the 1920s, and it was very severe, short back and sides. It was completely kind of out of sync with my age and the year at the time. So, this was my worst haircut.

Matt / United States
speakerI think the worst haircut I ever had was when I was ten years old. I went to the barber on my own for the first time, and I came home, and my mom was telling me how horrible of a job they did and I needed to go back. I didn't think they did a bad job, but I guess they did, because that's what my mom said.

Lindsay / United States
speakerThe worst haircut I ever had was this taper when I was in elementary school, where it started at the top of my head and there were layers going all the way down, and the whole haircut was tapered towards my face, and each piece of hair was a different length. It was quite ugly.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

pop out

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My eyes started to pop out and my nose looked bigger.

To pop out means to come out of a tight area. Notice the following:

  1. The rabbit popped out of the hole in the ground.
  2. The surprise ending of the movie made my eyes pop out.

a trying experience

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Having to get a haircut can be a trying experience.

A trying experience is a difficult experience. Notice the following:

  1. Marriage at times can be a trying experience.
  2. Dealing with screaming children can be a trying experience.

figure that out

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I don't know why I cut them, still can't figure that out to this day.

When you figure something out, you understand more about it. Notice the following:

  1. I still have not figured out how to get to work in less than an hour, but I'm sure it can be done.
  2. I can never figure out why people like to watch baeball. It is so boring.

trade

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The barber may have learned his trade in the 1920s.

Here, the word trade means profession or occupation. Notice the following:

  1. Many people become teachers because it is a very safe trade. There is always work.
  2. He is very skilled at his trade.

out of sync

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It was completely kind of out of sync with my age and thwe year at the time.

When something is out of sync it does not match the actions or movement of related parts. Notice the following:

  1. The video and audio are out of sync. You hear speaking when the lips are not moving.
  2. If I do not get eight hours sleep, I feel out of sync all day.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
pop out • trying experience • figure out
trade • out of sync
  1. I feel today.
  2. The DVD suddenly of the player.
  3. Training dogs can be a .
  4. Did you when the movie starts?
  5. Being a lawyer is a good .