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Life when you were a child

Introduction

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Although there are many aspects of life that have improved dramatically over years, many people still hold fond memories of their childhood. Some people often look back on their childhood as an almost magical time that they would love to relive again. Others have a different perspective. For example, they look at all the technology that is around today and envy what children have and wish they were in their position.

Vocabulary

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  • childhood (noun)
  • envy (verb)
  • grow up (phrasal verb)
  • bring up (phrasal verb)
  • enjoyable (adjective)
  • problematic (adjective)
  • technology (noun)

The question

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Do you think life was better when you were a child? Why?

Sample Answer

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It’s weird really, but most people think that life was better when they were a child. I believe that it was better when I was a child. When I grew up there seemed to be much more opportunities for children to play outside, explore and do other things that children don’t do as much today. Nowadays, it’s all about technology, computers, mobile phones, and video games. I think that many children aren’t spending much time outside which in my opinion is a bit sad.

I would say that spending time outside is extremely important, not just for children, but for everybody. However, it is particularly important when you are a child to explore, do different activities, go out and play with your friends, ride a bike or climb trees. These are the kind of things that were much more common when I was younger. So to answer the question, yes, I definitely think that life was better when I was a child.

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Life when you were a child
  • Did you enjoy your childhood?
  • What things were better when you were a child?
  • What things are better now?
  • Would you like to be a child nowadays?
  • What problems do you think children face now that they didn't when you were a child?
  • What problems did you have when you were a child that most children don't have nowadays?

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