Mixer #36 | Intermediate B1

Famous People

Six people discuss if they would rather be a famous athlete, movie star, musician, or politician.

Jeff, Canada
speakerWould I like to be a politician, athlete, a movie star or a musician? Oh, that's an easy one. I definitely would like to be a musician. I'd hate to be a politician, and I'd hate to be a movie star, and there's not much difference between a politician and a movie star because they're both great actors. Politicians just act. They're not too honest and a pro athlete would be fun but you can only do it when you're young. A musician, you can do it until you're old and gray and you can keep wailing on your guitar, your saxaphone, and I'd like to be a musician.

Jeyong, Korea
speakerI'd like to be a movie star and that's because I like acting and I think it's be interesting if I can act for a scene like crying, I can drop tears very easily and laugh, and give a big smile to the audience and if there's like an eating scene, I think I can eat very well.

Martin, The United States
speakerWhat would I rather be, a movie star, a politician, a pro athlete, or a musician? I'd have to say, I'd wanna be a movie star cause I love movies and I'd like to be in them. I can make direction decisions and hopefully make better movies than are out there right now. I wouldn't really want to be a politician because I don't really want to have my life raked over the coals, but a movie star will be OK.

Ruth, England
speakerI think I'd most want to be a movie star. I'd like to be glamorous and able to dress up on the red carpet. I'd least like to be a politician because I think a lot of people complain about them all the time and they're never viewed very well.

Simon, Canada
speakerSo, I think I'd want to be a pro athlete. I love the outdoors. I love sports. I wouldn't mind being idolized like many pro athletes are, and basically you get to play a game for a living and you make a lot of money. Something that I wouldn't want to do would be to be a politician. I don't like politics and I heard somewhere that someone says that once you become a politician you just inherently lie, and I wouldn't want to do that every day.

Todd, The United States
speakerYeah, I think I'd want to be a politician because if you're a politician you can make changes, you can influence people's lives. I know a lot of politicians are dishonest but I think you have the chance to do good and make changes. If you're a movie star or a singer, you're gonna get old and when you get old, you won't be popular and an athlete you have a very short career. You can't have a very long career either, so I think the best bet is to be a politician and influence people and be productive your entire life.


Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!

old and gray


You can do it until you're old and gray.

'Old and gray' is actually a time expression we use to talk about when we are old, our hair is gray, and we can no longer do the things we used to do. Notice the following:

  1. I'll probably be a teacher until I am old and gray.
  2. My grandfather is old and gray, but he's still healthy and active.

drop tears


I can drop tears very easily.

The phrase 'drop tears' simply means to cry. Notice the following:

  1. My girlfriend always drops tears at weddings.
  2. The movie was sad, but I didn't drop any tears.

raked over the coals


I don't really want to be raked over the coals.

To 'rake someone over the coals' means to talk about negative things from the past. Notice the following:

  1. Politicians are continuously raked over the coals by the media.
  2. I saw my ex-girlfriend yesterday. She raked me over the coals for 20 minutes straight.



I wouldn't mind being idolized.

When we 'idolize' someone, that means we respect and admire them a lot, sometimes too much. Notice the following:

  1. When Jacques was a kid, he idolized Zinedine Zidane.
  2. I still idolize my father.



Once you become a politician you inherently lie.

Something that is 'inherent' exists or happens naturally. Notice the following:

  1. There is danger inherent in most contact sports.
  2. For me, riding a motorcycle in the city is inherently dangerous.

Vocabulary Quiz

old and gray • drop tears • the coals
idolized • inherently
  1. My boss really raked me over for that decision.
  2. Many basketball fans Michael Jordon.
  3. She is good-looking. She looks fantastic from the second she wakes up
  4. I have to leave now because I promised you that I wouldn't .
  5. Before you know what's happening you will be .
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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