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American Dream

American Dream

Date: Dec 09 2004


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Have you heard of the American dream? What does it mean to you? In this lesson, Derek and Steph talk about the American dream.


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Steph:  So, a friend of mine told me that the American dream is the dream to do better than your parents. What do you think about that?

Derek:  I think that sounds pretty good. Ya know, I think it kind of is, um, to raise your standard of living or, ya know, to be able to make your own way in the world.

Steph:  Yeah. Those are pretty lofty goals. I mean, I think a lot of us just, we wanna have a job and a house and a car and a family.

Derek:  Yeah. Some basics that not everybody in the world gets. So, I suppose that makes it a nice dream for some.

Steph:  That’s true. Do you think it would be really easy or hard for someone to move here and to, um, attain the American dream?

Derek:  I suppose as long as you’re willing to hang onto the dream, it doesn’t really matter how hard it is or how difficult it may be at some point, just to get there.

Steph:  That’s true, yeah. Well, I hope that it’s not too hard.

Derek:  Yeah. The easier the better, but.

Steph:  Right.



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I think the American dream is to have a house and a family and to live happily. In a lot of ways, people can do that in America, but it’s not as easy as it looks on TV. It’s not uncommon in America for both parents to work so much that they have very little time for their families.
Not that I want to bum you out if you are thinking about coming to America to pursue the American dream, but you might want to think hard about it first.
Have a good weekend!



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Everyone has a dream, but not every dream will come true.

09:55 AM Nov 24 2009 |

Whitney S

Whitney S


I hope I can be as a good person as my mother is :)

06:00 AM Nov 24 2009 |



my dream is not to do better than my parents but is to try to achieve what my parents dream of for me in this stage and time. it is to defeat the challenges and climb the ladder of success.

09:10 AM Sep 15 2009 |



You must have a dream and lofty goals and you must hang onto them. If you pursue all of them you have to find new ones and go for them. This is lifeWink

03:56 PM Jan 11 2009 |




it's a dream for everyone everywhere in the world, i've half achieved that dream

03:13 PM Nov 24 2007 |

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