Read these two opinions about retirement. Which is more positive? Which do you think your parents will have when they retire? How about you?
1. “I’ve never been happier. I finally have time to do all the things that I had always wanted to do.”
2. “I have too much time and I don’t always know what to do with myself. I almost never see my friends from work.”
1 to retire
піти геть, звільнитися; піти у відставку;
удаляться, уходить; увольнять(ся). уходить в отставку;
2 to adjust (to free time)
пристосовуватися; приводити у порядок; улагоджувати
приспосабливать(ся); приводить в порядок; улаживать (спор и т.д.)
3 to keep clean
to keep one’s word (promise)
I won’t keep you long
to keep one’s temper
to keep one’s head cool
to keep cool
to keep late hours
тримати в чистоті;
я вас довго не затримаю;
не втрачати голову;
пізно лягати чи прокидатися
держать в чистоте;
сдержать слово (обещание)
я вас долго не задержу;
не терять головы, сохранять спокойствие;
сохранять спокойствие, хладнокровие;
поздно ложиться или вставать
to give somebody trouble
to get into trouble
to ask for/look for trouble
попасти в біду;
беспокойство, волнение, тревога;
причинять беспокойство кому-либо;
попасть в беду;
напрашиваться на неприятности, лезть на рожон
5 to make both/two/ends meet
зводити кінці з кінцями
сводить концы с концами
to my regret
прикрість, розкаяння; шкодувати, розкаюватися;
к моему сожалению
Read the following point of view.
My name is Ron Petrotta. I have three teenagers, two girls and a boy. I want to tell you it’s not easy to have kids nowadays. They all laugh because I’m always saying: “When I was a kid ... ” But, it’s true; when I was a kid, things were different. Families were closer. We all went to church together. I make my family go to church every Sunday, but we are the only ones in our neighborhood who go. So my kids think that religion is just another one of Dad’s traditional ideas. There is not much support for traditional ideas nowadays.
It’s hard to be a parent these days. My parents never had to worry about drugs, about sex, about the danger for their kids on the street. Kids weren’t even supposed or so. There were some problems, I guess, even then, but there weren’t as many. Drugs and violence weren’t weren’t all around us like they are now.
Well, I’m a realist. I expect my kids will probably try marihuanna and alcohol and my girls may live with their boyfriends. I won’t like it and I’ll fight to prevent it, but that’s the way it is. But I think that basically my kids are good kids. I think they’ll grow up and get married. They’ll probably have the same kinds of values that my wife and I have. I just wish it were 1965 again. Those were the good old days!
Exercise 1. Read each of the following statements carefully to determine whether each is true (T), false (F), or impossible to know (ITK).
1. _____ This man retired about six months ago.
2. _____ The people at the party were negative about retiring.
3. _____ This man’s son is married.
4. _____ This man worked for forty years in the company.
5. _____ He and his wife are moving in with John, Jr.
6. _____ This man dislikes retirement.
7. _____ He and his wife live only on their savings and a retirement plan.
8. _____ This man has other children at home.
9. _____ This man has some physical problems.
10. _____ This man and his wife are going to move from the town.
Exercise 2. Fill in the blanks with vocabulary from the reading. Make necessary changes in the form of the word.
I have some ______________ _______________ about my ___________________ to live away from my family.
Little by little he is ___________ to feel better. _________,
he has no _____________ at all with his ___________ now.
I __________ making ____________ about ____________ .
4. limited/afford/make ends meet
I can’t __________ to live on a _____________ income because I can’t ___________________ .
Exercise 3. Show your opinion of the following statements by putting 1 next to your first preference, 2 next to your second choice, and so on through to 6. Share your ideas with a classmate or the class.
When my parents grow old and retire, I hope that they live
_____ with me.
_____ with my brother.
_____ with my sister.
_____ some time with me, and some time with my brother and/or sister.
_____ near me, so I can visit them.
_____ independently of the family.
Often a real problem happens when one parent dies and the other is alone. If my father died, I’m sure that my mother would
_____ continue living where she is living.
_____ move in with me.
_____ live with my brother.
_____ live with my sister.
_____ move to a smaller residence.
_____ move to a nursing home (a home for the elderly).
Exercise 4. Retell the text as if you were:
a. the speaker
b. his daughter/son
c. one of his friends
Exercise 5. Hold a round-table discussion on the following problem: Retirement – its advantages and disadvantages.