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The Big 1-8

The Big 1-8

Date: Aug 03 2007

Themes: Party, Time


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The last few years of your teens and the first few years of your twenties are so important. Everyone does a lot of growing up in those years, and depending on what country you live in, you come into different rights along the way.

Like most places, turning 18 in the United States is a big deal. Kevin’s Nephew is about to turn 18. Listen to him tell Marni about it.


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Kevin:  So my nephew is just about to turn 18.

Marni:  Oh, God. Do you remember turning 18?

Kevin:  I do, it was really exciting.

Marni:  It was really exciting! It felt like this momentous event. I was thinking about this actually because I was just recently in Argentina and that’s the legal drinking age, you know, 18.

Kevin:  Like in most countries.

Marni:  In most countries. Not in the US. In the US it means getting vote, which is a great thing, but, you know, the drinking age is 21 here.

Kevin:  You can go to war. you can go to some casinos, like where I grew up I went gambling for the first time, which was kind of fun, I lost a bunch of money. It was very exciting, but it was kind of disappointing that you couldn’t drink a beer. Well we were anyway…

Marni:  That happens. It’s sort of this mile marker and depending where you are in school a lot of times it’s the end of your senior year so it just feels like this turning point, I think.

Kevin:  And then we kind of get ready to leave. Like, I left for college, moved out of my parents house, lived in a dorm, lived in a different state.

Marni:  A lot of transition.

Kevin:  It was great. Very exciting.

Marni:  It is very exciting. Well, tell your cousin? Nephew?

Kevin:  Nephew.

Marni:  ..nephew, “Happy birthday.”

Kevin:  I will.



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Kevin’s nephew is about to turn 18, so Marni asks him if he remembers turning 18. He says it was a really exciting time and Marni agrees. She was just thinking about what it means to turn 18 because she was in Argentina where you can drink when you’re 18. In the US, you have to be 21 to drink alcohol.

But there are a lot of other things you can do when you’re 18 in the US. Kevin and Marni mention that you can vote, gamble and fight in wars. You can also get married or go to a strip club.

What rights do people get when they turn 18 in your country?



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The lesson was great and i'm with this i'll be able to my english language.Thanks alot.

07:24 PM Aug 04 2007 |



Syrian Arab Republic

i am syrian so in my country you can start drinking when ever you want 15-16 or more.but you can vote only when you are 18 .it is a turning change in my opinion because you will get a big amount of resbonsibilty


05:08 PM Aug 04 2007 |



hi..i’m 16 and i’m so excited to be 18..bcoz i wanna be independent from my parents!!
i wanna do avrything i want..so nobody will tell me that i can’t coz i’m so young…i’m not yet 18…so…..i must w8 2 years!!!...hayyzzz…

02:57 PM Aug 04 2007 |




Sure,Very Securet ..

01:03 PM Aug 04 2007 |



Nice topic, Here in our country in teenage, no such rights available, which marni and keving.

You know in our religion theses activities are forbidden(Harraam).

In that age they use their brain little, and which they use-HEART!


09:51 AM Aug 04 2007 |



it’s secret!

09:41 AM Aug 04 2007 |




ah… we can’t recall our TEEN age…

06:45 AM Aug 04 2007 |




18 is a far away from me  and never comeback to me . i am 24 this year and have little rememberay of 18.but i can still remember the day when i  got the ID which show one will be adults for that on, and i was so happy with it .

it  is really a momentous turning point. though i cannot  remember it clearly. we have a vote too in china ,and many other rights.but may be most of the things like before as living wiht family and supported by parents and so on ,so i did not find its differeces.

but i know this year is very different , i am 24  as a girl , i would like to have a family belong to myself ,and would like to liveself though i still live with my parent.all of my 4younger cousin  have got marrid and one 3of them have given a birth to a baby ,so i am late and i am very sorry for this .wish  i turn to a adult as soon as possible.

03:11 AM Aug 04 2007 |



In my opinion,in the priod of 18.the mind of many people is changed.and many things  is needed to do .our mind ,our view, our  whole heart world  is all changed.it is very important in the age,and we must master it.right?!

01:17 AM Aug 04 2007 |



I would say almost the same thing as tdmsilvino said. Again here in Brazil  the big difference in turning 18 is that you can legally drive  a car  and a motorcycle, you still can't drive a truck or bus with 18 here. Voting age is 16 here in Brazil. Legal drinking age is bullshit, if a kid want to drink a kid will drink, anyway this right is not big deal for me, I'm 23 and still not interested in alcohol.

10:12 PM Aug 03 2007 |




Really I don't remember how was my 18th birthday, anyway I don't drink and I'm not interested in elections since they aren't fair .  but I had my driving license after having 18 .

05:26 PM Aug 03 2007 |




Age of 18 is a memorable period for me, coz I graduated from vocational school and began to work. I was becoming more and more mature as I got in touch with different kinds of people in the society which is a real adult world. And I absolutely learnt lots of things from that age. All in all, it's an momentous turning point for me absolutely!

05:16 PM Aug 03 2007 |



I think dring is bad.man don't have to dring but i agre other things…

04:08 PM Aug 03 2007 |



Smilehi. how are you? i want to learn engkish.i think you ill help me

03:55 PM Aug 03 2007 |



Saudi Arabia

em    i think its really a very important phase in each one's life . so parents should look after their children in order no to do anything wrong


02:08 PM Aug 03 2007 |




when i was 18 yrs old,i forgot what happened, there was nothing changes,i went on my study.so in china,though we turn to 18,we own some rights,but it will not change anything.that is just my own opinion

01:47 PM Aug 03 2007 |



i am ye', iam 23. i am myanmar my english is very poor. so that, the most and the best thing in the world.it can't be seem and taught .it can be felt by heart.


12:57 PM Aug 03 2007 |



now I am 18 years old ,I think I become more mature , I find I understand many things I did not know before .


12:11 PM Aug 03 2007 |



when i was  18,i was studying in high  school.we  must  study  hard  to  go  a  good  university,but at that time,we  often  do  some  sports   in  campus,boy  students  teacher  me how to  play  pingbang  and  baketball,it is  very  interesting .i  always  remember that  days

04:55 AM Aug 03 2007 |



Hello,I,m very glad to meet you.

I was studying hard in the middle school at that time. and i work hard at this time during my 28 years old.


03:27 AM Aug 03 2007 |

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