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Kendall Jenner
Kendall Jenner

Learn English meaning of 'Kendall Jenner'

Date: Jun 10 2016

Themes: Celebrity, Fashion, News, Pop Culture

Grammar: Simple Past Tense

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Imagine millions of people watching you eat breakfast on TV. Millions of people watching you walk your dog. Millions of people watching you fight with your sisters. How would you feel? Do you want to be in the public eye all of the time? Welcome to the life of Kendall Jenner, an American reality TV star and fashion model. She’s a famous 20-year-old from a famous family.

Kendall has five brothers and sisters. All of them appear on a TV show called “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” that started in 2007. Some people love the show, other people hate it, but everyone knows the Kardashian-Jenner family. Although Kendall is young, she’s worked very hard to be worthy of a successful career. She now has over 50 million followers on Instagram!

Kelsey and Jessica have different opinions on Kendall Jenner and her family ties. Listen to this English lesson to find out who is impressed with Kendall and who is not.

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Jessica

Jessica

Kelsey

Kelsey

Jessica:  Kelsey, I just heard that Kendall Jenner booked a huge fashion show in New York. I know she has family ties to the Kardashians, but I’m really impressed with how well she’s doing in the industry.

Kelsey:  I’m not entirely convinced that she’s worthy of this fame.

Jessica:  Really? Well, I know she has very famous connections, but she’s incredibly beautiful. She was born into some very good looks.

Kelsey:  Yeah, but I just find it hard to believe that she just made it, because of who her parents are…

Jessica:  Yeah.

Kelsey:  ...and who her family is.

Jessica:  I can see that. But I feel like she has a very strong social media presence, and she does a lot of her own marketing. I know she really gets out there in the public eye and distances herself in a positive way from her family, just to get some success with a career.

Kelsey:  Yeah, I guess that is a smart move on her part.

Jessica:  Yeah, but I do see where you’re coming from. She does come from a very famous family, and I’m sure that that helped quite a bit with her success.

 

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Kelsey and Jessica are talking about the fame and success of Kendall Jenner. Kendall just booked a huge fashion show in New York and Jessica is impressed by the model’s success. Kelsey agrees with Jessica that this model was born with good looks and has made smart moves in her career so far. However, Kelsey is not sure if Kendall made it by herself or if her family ties made her successful.

Jessica thinks that Kendall is successful because she worked for it. Kendall has a strong social media presence, she does her own marketing, and she distances herself from her family in order to make her own career. She’s also incredibly beautiful! Because of all these things, Jessica believes that Kendall is worthy of success. The family ties might help her, but Kendall still works hard for her career.

Do you think it’s OK to use your family ties to have a successful career? Do you know someone who does this?

 

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txbluebee

txbluebeeSuper Member!

United States

It’s not rare to see someone use family ties to succeed. I’m on the Jessica’s side. I don’t impressive with her success at all. i love the successful stories with people work hard on their own receive little or without family help.

12:03 AM Jun 13 2016 |

ahmet55

ahmet55

Austria

Of course most of people who have the feasibility to utilize the reputation of their families, would prefer to choose the easiest way and use the family ties. However the real success from my point of view is that somebody finds out a real creative idea or business and try to be a complete successful person without using others help. 


I recognize many cases that use their family ties and keep it up. In some cases they were successful and there were also some examples who were failed. 



All in all, in my opinion it’s ok to make use of this opportunity and improve it with the purpose of either becoming famous or being successful person. Nevertheless, the best is exposing all your natural abilities and being by yourself. 

09:47 PM Jun 12 2016 |

Zigayi

Germany

I think you can use your familiy ties to start with your career, but whether you will succeed it depends on your own skills and ambious. Your familiy ties can help your for the start but to continue its your merit.

09:40 PM Jun 12 2016 |

wannicho

wannicho

China

The job can never be kendall’s if she could’s do it well. It’s hard to still have all the drives for wanting achieve something in life when you were born with everything you have. She never let her family’s fame get to her , trying hard to make a name of her own, I see her someone can handle fame n sucesss which is twice as harder to handle than adversities. That’s why some people can achieve some level of success but they can never keep it long there.

03:13 PM Jun 12 2016 |

saeedeh_cj

saeedeh_cj

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Yes i think family ties would help alot, actually in career.I am trying to find a govermental job with help of my father and i am sure i can make it with his help.


My brother used family ties for his career and now he is working well.

11:17 AM Jun 12 2016 |

hermitlady

China


Yes, it is very ok to use one’s family ties to have a successful career. This phenomenon is really prominent in our country.



 This is a inevitable fact, the social reality. I would think there were no more one who could use the relationships of families or friends or others than Chinese.



It is best if there just are its own relationships. One can produce a relationship if one has no relationship. Even someone can try his every best to create a relationship only that the relationship is useful to him.



To a certain extent, that the thing is success or not is due to the result of the relationship dealt with.



It is no normal.



Of course, it is understood and explained by psychology.



If somebody is born from a famous family or political family or other powerful family, even if he does not say that himself, when he is dealing with others, and the others will not ignore his background. Virtually invisible, he has the privilege. And he will get the success easily than others.



Of course, the individual effort is also necessary. But in the same effort and the same personal  condition , the one who has the relationships invisible will get success more easily.


03:36 AM Jun 12 2016 |

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binam

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i hate of using family ties for getting things or positions that im not eligible them and one of my dream is that everybody get famous only for their merits….......

02:43 PM Jun 11 2016 |

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sungchous

United States

I don’t think we can blame anyone who has family ties. 

08:27 PM Jun 10 2016 |

NIJ321655

NIJ321655

United States

she the best person evre I like her.

06:51 PM Jun 10 2016 |

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s11211s

s11211s

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

As a matter of fact it’s better to use your ability and effort to have a successful career. But this world is world of connections, world of networking, believe or not having a good family ties, having a good networking and relationship could help you to be successful in your career and your life.

There a lot of politicians and rich people all over the world that are successful because of their family ties.

12:46 PM Jun 10 2016 |

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