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The Accident

Nicola talks about a time her brother was in a bad accident.

So, a funny story then about my brother. First of all, he's my twin brother, so he's the same age as me, 26, and when we were, I think, 8 years old, it was during the summer. It was a very, very hot day, so all the windows in the house were open, and we decided to play hide and seek, so my brother, Daniel, he goes upstairs and he sits by the window, on the window ledge, and he's waiting for us to come and find him, so he leans back, but not realizing the window's open he falls out of the window, so he falls about 15 feet and he break both of his arms and all we hear is this screaming and we think, ah you know, he's just kidding around and them my mom goes out and sees that he's lying on the floor, one bone sticking out of one arm, the other one's all twisted, so we call the ambulance and everyone's crying. My mom is being sick with the shock, and he goes to hospital. We were really, really worried, you know, is he going to die, or whatever, and he was fine. He broke both his arms but he was in hospital for about two weeks I think. Yeah, it was really nasty. He's got a horrible scar now.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

hide and seek

We decided to play hide and seek.

'Hide and seek' is a game for children where one person hides and the other person tries to find him.  Notice the following:

  1. We played hide and seek all day in the woods.
  2. Do you ever play hide and seek at night?

window ledge

He sits by the window, on the window ledge.

A 'window ledge' is the bottom edge of the window that sticks out a little from a house.  Notice the following:

  1. Should we put lights around the window ledge?
  2. The beautiful plant that you bought me is over on the window ledge.

lean back

He leans back.

To 'lean back' is to move the upper part of your body back and down, or to begin to recline.  Notice the following:

  1. Don't lean back too far or you will fall.
  2. Just lean back and relax.


The accident was really nasty.

'Nasty' is word that can mean 'terrible' or 'disgusting.'  Notice the following:

  1. The food he made was really nasty.
  2. There were a few really nasty scenes in the movie.


He's got a horrible scar now.

If you have a really bad cut or burn on your skin there will be a mark after it heals, that mark is a 'scar.'  Notice the following:

  1. Do you think I will have a scar from this cut?
  2. She has a big scar on her leg from a motorcycle burn.


Vocabulary Quiz

and seek • ledge • leans back
nasty • scar
  1. She has a long on her leg from surgery.
  2. This chair so far that it almost feels like a bed.
  3. Some parts of the horror movie were really .
  4. When I was a child I used to play hide with the other kids in the neighborhood.
  5. Our cat spends most of the day sitting in the window .
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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