Lesson: Podcast: Brenda Talks About Her Mother

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Embark on a poignant journey with Brenda Piñero as she shares childhood memories with Steve Leveen. Engage with our English learning resource, where you can listen and read about Brenda’s inspiring experiences. Explore language exercises, enhancing your comprehension while discovering the importance of education and the power of memories.

AFP 2022

Podcast: Brenda Talks About Her Mother

Podcast: Brenda Talks About Her Mother

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What is the podcast about?

Podcast: Brenda Talks About Her Mother

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Brenda Piñero : My mom had three jobs. She used to be a seamstress andand she took me to college when she was attending college
at night.
Brenda Piñero : I- I ... I keep that as- as one of the, uh, fondest memories that I have from growing up, and I think that planted the seed for how education was such important, um, and- and was prioritized throughout my life.
Steve Leveen : How old were you?
Brenda Piñero : Uh, I was probably six or younger than that. I do remember that I also wanted to have my own notebook, and I felt like II can also learn and participate in class.
Steve Leveen : When there was no one at home to watch her, Brenda's mom took her to the sewing factory.
Brenda Piñero : I do have memories of- of my sitting down under the table while my mom was sewing.
Steve Leveen : At the factory?
Brenda Piñero : Yes.
Steve Leveen : What was she sewing?
Brenda Piñero : Underwear.
Steve Leveen : Do you remember the brand?
Brenda Piñero : I do not ...
Brenda Piñero:  But I do remember the machines. They were, um, Singer machines.
Steve Leveen : Singer sewing machine company?
Brenda Piñero : Yes, yes. And there's a particular smell that oil has from those machines when you combine them with, like, fabric.
Brenda Piñero : It is a very, um, particular smell that I- if I- if I ever smell it again, it would just take me back to those times.
Steve Leveen : Is it a- a good smell for you?
Brenda Piñero : Yes. It is. It is

 

Vocabulary

Seamstress - a lady that sews clothes for a job

Planted the seed - put an idea in someones head

fondest - happiest

fabric - material clothes are made from

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What is NOT true of Brenda's mom?

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When Brenda was six, _______.

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Brenda has memories of her mother ________

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Podcast: Brenda Talks About Her Mother

fill in the gaps: attending, planted the seed, sewing, fondest, seamstress, combine

Brenda Piñero : My mom had three jobs. She used to be a and and she took me to college when she was college
at night.
Brenda Piñero : I- I ... I keep that as- as one of the, uh, memories that I have from growing up, and I think that for how education was such important, um, and- and was prioritized throughout my life.
Steve Leveen : How old were you?
Brenda Piñero : Uh, I was probably six or younger than that. I do remember that I also wanted to have my own notebook, and I felt like I I can also learn and participate in class.
Steve Leveen : When there was no one at home to watch her, Brenda's mom took her to the factory.
Brenda Piñero : I do have memories of- of my sitting down under the table while my mom was sewing.
Steve Leveen : At the factory?
Brenda Piñero : Yes.
Steve Leveen : What was she sewing?
Brenda Piñero : Underwear.
Steve Leveen : Do you remember the brand?
Brenda Piñero : I do not ...
Brenda Piñero:  But I do remember the machines. They were, um, Singer machines.
Steve Leveen : Singer sewing machine company?
Brenda Piñero : Yes, yes. And there's a particular smell that oil has from those machines when you them with, like, fabric.
Brenda Piñero : It is a very, um, particular smell that I- if I- if I ever smell it again, it would just take me back to those times.
Steve Leveen : Is it a- a good smell for you?
Brenda Piñero : Yes. It is. It is

 

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