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His Change

Maria talks with Alex about things he thinks he should change about himself.

Maria: So Alex we were talking about what I would like to change about myself so I was wondering what would you like to change about, for example, appearance?

Alex: For me I've actually had some fun changing my appearance in the past. I have had the craziest hair colors. At one point I was pink, purple and red at the same time. Everything at the same time. I've done everything that I can think of, except green, I don't think green is an appropriate hair color, but I guess in the near future I think I'd want to probably lose about five or six kilos, mainly not so much because of appearance but it will also help me live about ten years longer which would be lovely.

Maria: As they say.

Alex: Yes, as they say. At the moment, you know I'm going to the gym and trying to get that happen. I wish I was a little bit taller, honestly, just a little bit. I'm probably the average height in Australia and I don't know I think being a bit taller would be good. Yeah, I think that's probably about it. I'd also, you know everyone wants that body that you can go out to on the beach, right?

Maria: The beach body?

Alex: The beach body and have the abs. I don't think I'll ever get abs because my descendents, my lineage is French and Irish and they're not really known for being abs types. If I was Brazilian, no problem, but the Irish in me makes me more probably rotund, let's say round, than anything else. More like a rugby player than a surfer.

Maria: You weren't blessed with the red hair but you did get the physique.

Alex: I'm kind of glad for not the red hair. People get teased for that.

Maria: I heard.

Alex: Yeah.

Maria: Poor gingers. What about character, like what about your personality?

Alex: I wish that sometimes I had the, let's say the strength to cut some people out when they have become kind of a bit of a drag, let's say. I wish, sometimes I wish I wasn't so, like I could be a bit more sensible honestly. I can get very, very, very silly so and kind of take things that are not too seriously. School, you know, I find it very, very difficult to like keep going at like at a good pace. I tend to sort of flow in and out of being serious about that. I think steady would be a good thing, I think for me for that.

Maria: Yeah.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson



I don't think I'll ever get abs.

'Abs' is a short and informal way of saying 'abdominal muscles,' which are the muscles in your stomach that can create lines on your stomach if you are in really good physical shape. Notice the following:

  1. He has always had really strong abs.
  2. My abs hurt from going to the gym yesterday.



I don't think I'll ever get abs because my descendents.

Here, Alex is talking about his ancestors and where they came from.  Notice the following:

  1. It is exciting for her to know what all of her descendants are doing.
  2. After my great-grandfather moved to Canada in the early 1900s, all of his descendants were born here.



My lineage is French and Irish.

A person's lineage is their ancestry or the history of the people in their family.  This word is very similar in meaning to 'descendent.' Notice the following:

  1. He believes that most of the capabilities that he possesses come from his lineage.
  2. She was raised in the United States, but her lineage is Vietnamese.

cut people out


I wish I had the strength to cut some people out of my life.

When you 'cut a person out' of your life, it means that you no longer maintain contact or see them. Notice the following:

  1. If anyone in her life makes a mistake, she cuts them out right away.
  2. Your friends keep you too busy and stressful. It's time that you cut some people out of your life.

a drag


They have become kind of a bit of a drag, let's say.

Something that holds you back personally or makes you sad can be called 'a drag.' Notice the following:

  1. It is a real drag to have a broken arm in the summer, because you can't go swimming.
  2. It's kind of a drag that you are sick on your birthday.


Vocabulary Quiz

abs • descendant • lineage
cut her out • drag
  1. It's a real when your car is at the mechanic.
  2. He is a of one of the presidents of our country.
  3. She is not a good friend to you. It's time you just of your life.
  4. Nobody can ever guess her .
  5. All of those models have amazing .
Answer the following questions about the interview.


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