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Quarter-Life Crisis
Jan 09 2017

Quarter-Life Crisis

Intro 简介

How do you feel when you have a big birthday coming up? Do you start to worry? Do you feel glum? As children, we’re usually very happy about our birthdays. As adults, though, a birthday can become a crisis. We might start to feel nostalgic and think that the future won’t be as good as the past.

When people turn 40 or 50, they often have a midlife crisis. They worry that they’ve made big mistakes in life. Now, there’s a new kind of crisis called a quarter-life crisis. At age 25, many people are changing from university life to life in the real world, which can be difficult and cause a crisis. Or a person might have a job and home already but feel stuck.

Jordin thinks the idea of a quarter-life crisis is ridiculous. Listen to this English lesson to find out if Andy agrees with her.

Dialogue 对话

Jordin:  I hear your birthday is coming up. 25! Yeah!

Andy_H:  Yeah, it sure is.

Jordin:  Why do you sound so glum about it?

Andy_H:  Oh, it’s just… I mean, it’s my quarter-life crisis. I just…

Jordin:  Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. I’m sorry, your what?

Andy_H:  Quarter-life crisis. Everyone is supposed to live to 100, so 25 years is a quarter of my life. I don’t know, I’m just feeling really stuck, a little bit nostalgic. I keep comparing myself to other people I see on Facebook who are getting married and they’re getting promoted. I just feel like I need to get my things together.

Jordin:  That just seems kind of like a ridiculous thing to call those thoughts and feeling a crisis, like a quarter-life crisis.

Andy_H:  Well, it’s just, I feel like I need to start entering the real world.

Jordin:  Aren’t you already in the real world?

Andy_H:  Well, I am, but I need to start thinking about my milestones. I can’t just be spoiled. You know, when you turn 25, talk to me.

Jordin:  Fine.

Quiz 测验

  1. How old is Andy right now?

  2. What is something that Andy sees his friends doing these days?

  3. A person who gets a lot of nice things without working hard is __.

  4. Which sentence does NOT have a gerund?