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Jessica talks about her mom and dad and how they are different.
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Jessica: Let's see. My mom is three years older than my dad. They are like night and day. My mom is 5 foot 4 on a good day, 5 foot 2 I think in real life. She is very
sweet, very nice, very caring and very cute.

Everybody tells her how young she looks and how she resembles my sister, perhaps. My father is very much completely opposite that. He is a very big man, very loud, very funny, very boisterous.

He makes friends no matter where he goes. For example, sometimes he goes to Florida and makes all sorts of new friends. He'll just go by himself. He's a kind of a magnet to people. So my parents are completely opposite and they complement each other very well. My dad has a very good sense of humor. My mom is very gentle. Very nice.

Todd: When was the last time you talked to you parents?

Jessica: I talked to them probably about two weeks ago. Yeah, everything is going well with them.

Todd: Are you going to see them soon?

Jessica: I am going to go home after the holidays and we're going to have a Christmas kind of in January or February. Yeah, depending on when my brother can come in.

Todd: OK. Who are you more like, your mother or your father?

Jessica: I think I have traits of both, actually. I look more like my mother, except that I am about a foot taller. Yeah, I resemble my mom more. I think I have both of the characteristics of my mom and dad.

Todd: OK. Great. Thanks.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

like night and day

My mom and dad are like night and day.

We say things are like 'night and day' when they are very different or opposite.   Notice the following:

  1. The difference between the new washing machine and the old one is like night and day.
  2. My sister and I are like night and day.


Everybody tells her how young she looks and how she resembles my sister.

To 'resemble' someone or something is to have a similar appearance.  Notice the following:

  1. He resembles George Clooney a little.
  2. That rock kind of resembles an elephant.

makes friends

My dad makes friends no matter where he goes.

When we start new friendships we are 'making friends.' Notice the following:

  1. Where do you make friends?
  2. When you move to a new place it takes a while to make friends.

complement each other

My parents are completely opposite and they complement each other very well.

If two things or people 'complement each other' they match each other or have a nice balance. Notice the following:

  1. Do you think sweet and salty food complement each other?
  2. My two jobs really complement each other.  One is active and at the other one I just sit.

sense of humor

My dad has a very good sense of humor, and my mom is very gentle.

Your 'sense of humor' is what you find funny or what makes you laugh.  A person with a good sense of humor laughs a lot.  Notice the following:

  1. Some people don't like this movie, but it fits my sense of humor.
  2. I don't understand his sense of humor.

Vocabulary Quiz

night and day • resemble • make friends
complements • sense of
  1. Her boyfriend really her.
  2. She has a very unique humor, but I think she's funny.
  3. The change in his personality is like .
  4. Did you in university?
  5. The children definitely their mother.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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