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Plastic Surgery

Wendi and Todd talk about plastic surgery and what they think about it.

Todd: What do you think about plastic surgery - you know, like, especially lip implants, breast implants?

Wendi: Yeah, absolutely. I would be like, maybe like four years ago, I was like, "No" if you do that kind of thing you are so vain. That's so not cool. And now, I'm like, "Yes, sign me up!" like "Any spring specials?"


Todd: Actually, how old are you?

Wendi: 30

Todd: 30

Wendi: Yeah.

Todd: OK, so you're saying that maybe when women get older, they think like OK maybe they would like a nip and tuck here and there.

Wendi: Yeah, absolutely you know, you know move some stuff from place to place. I don't have to give up any parts but you know just place it in a more appropriate location

Todd: Interesting.

Wendi: Yeah. I don't think it's so bad.

Todd: Yeah.

Wendi: Yeah. Like you know, some minor maintenance, I think. Nothing wrong with that.

Todd: Maybe if you do it once but two problems. One - I think, I don't understand the breast implants. I think most men don't like them.

Wendi: I think most men do like them actually.

Todd: No way.

Wendi: Yes.

Todd: I doubt it.

Wendi: Yes, of course they do.

Todd: It looks just terrible.

Wendi: What kind of men do you hang out with?

Todd: Actually, that's a good question. I've never actually asked another man.

Wendi: Oh, you don't have friends.

Todd: That's - you hit on the truth there. That's so true.

Wendi: What were we saying though?

Todd: I don't know. Well, there was two things. I don't have friends and breast implants.

Wendi: I'm joking. But actually, for me, I wouldn't get breast implants because I couldn't run.

Todd: Oh, you can't run. That's a good point, huh?

Wendi: Well, I don't know if it's just like, I can't imagine you could, well, I mean, I'm sure people do, but I mean like actually play sports and stuff. I wouldn't want to like dive onto the ground to catch like a frisbee and the chance that they would explode or anything could happen.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson


What do you think about plastic surgery, like lip or breast implants?

Here, 'implants' refers to artificial material that is put surgically put into your body to make you look better or to return to how you looked previously.  Notice the following:

  1. Some women in this country get implants in their legs.
  2. Do you think those are implants or real?


I used to think people who do those things are so vain.

A 'vain' person is overly proud or concerned about her own physical appearance. Notice the following:

  1. She's really vain. I always see her looking at herself in the mirror.
  2. He always has pretty girlfriends, but they are never vain.

sign me up

I thought it is so not cool, but now, I'm like, "Sign me up!"

You can say 'Sign me up!' to show that you would be interested in doing something. In this case, Wendi is saying she would be interested in an implant procedure. Notice the following:

  1. You're going to a basketball game this weekend? Sign me up too!
  2. I asked her if she would watch the kids on Friday night, and she said, "Sign me up!"

nip and tuck

As women get older, I think it's okay if they would nip and tuck here and there.

'Nip and tuck' is used to describe plastic or cosmetic surgery. It implies cutting and moving of skin. Notice the following:

  1. If you are interested in a little nip and tuck, I can recommend an excellent doctor.
  2. I respect celebrities who have never had any nip and tuck done.

minor maintenance

Now, I think there's nothing wrong with doing minor maintenance.

When you perform 'minor maintenance' you get services done to keep things how they should be. Here, Wendi is saying that she would get minor surgery to keep her body looking young. Notice the following:

  1. It isn't a big eye surgery, just minor maintenance.
  2. Your car looks pretty good, but there is some minor maintenance that needs to be done.

Vocabulary Quiz

implants • vain • sign me up
and tuck • maintenance
  1. The doctor told me that many women in my age group do minor on their bodies.
  2. It's so obvious that she got lip . Why is she denying it?
  3. She asked if I wanted to join a women's group with her, and I told her to .
  4. You won't look like a different person. It's just a little nip .
  5. I don't know how she can be so when she's not even that beautiful.
Answer these questions about the interview.


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