I love this animated clip, in which a young boy with a form of autism asks his mother some very difficult questions, so I turned it into a listening exercise.

I really appreciate Sarah, the mother, and the way she answers her son’s questions. Also, there are some interesting English expressions and idioms in this listening exercise. It is easier than many of our listening exercises because there are subtitles, but I think that writing and creating your own sentences using some of English idioms and expressions will add some challenge. Also, please do the writing exercise for a bit of English writing practice. As always I’ll correct your answers if you post them in the comments area.

1. Cockroach is the insect we ______ to _______.
2. Can you use the above expression in your own sentence?
3. What is blushing?
4. Have you ever thought you couldn’t _____ with having a child?
5. What is a phrasal verb synonym for the word that goes in the gap above?
6. ______ friendly comes easily to Amy.
7. ‘Comes easily’ Can you use this expression in a sentence of your own?
8. I had to learn to _____ out of the ______.
9. What does the above phrase mean?

Writing exercise: Answer at least 4 of the questions that Joshua asks his mom. What do you think about honesty and speaking with your children? Have your children ever asked you a really difficult question? or Did you ever ask your parents difficult questions? How did you or your parents respond?

  • Ilka

    1. Cockroach is the insect we love to hate.
    2. Can you use the above expression in your own sentence?
    Cockroach is an insect we really hate.
    3. What is blushing?
    To get shy.
    4. Have you ever thought you couldn’t ??? for with having a child?
    5. What is a phrasal verb synonym for the word that goes in the gap above?
    6. Being friendly comes easily to Amy.
    7. ‘Comes easily’ Can you use this expression in a sentence of your own?
    It comes easily for that boy to make new friends, because he is outgoing.
    8. I had to learn to think out of the box.
    9. What does the above phrase mean?
    That the mother hat to learn to think differently from what is usual.

    Writing exercise – answers to at least four of Joshua’s questions:

    1) From a scale of one to ten do you think your life would be different without that animals? Yes, all animals are important in nature.

    2) Have you ever felt like life is hopeless? No, not sad that much.

    3)Do you have any mortal enemies? No, I don’t think so;

    4) Have you ever lied to me? It’s not good to lie, but sometimes it’s necessary, like in some occasions when children get sick;

    5) Did I turn out to be the son you wanted when I was born? I still don’t have children, but surely when they come, they will exceed my expectations.

    It’s important to be honest when talking to children, but it’s also important to have in mind that they don’t see the world the way we do, in order not to hurt them or to take their dreams away.
    I don’t live nor work with children, so I still don’t have experiences with these kind of questions…

  • albatain

    Cockroach is the insect we love to hate.

    Getting Dirty as a child is one of these things we love to hate.

    being ashamed!

    Have you ever thought you couldn’t cope with having a child?

    overcome!

    Being friendly comes easily to Amy.

    When you practice English everyday, speaking English comes easily to you to sound naturally.

    I had to learn to think out of the box.

    thinking in different way, being creative,,,

    I think we should be honest with a child especially, when we have a specific topic to talk about.

    But I believe also you should be able to protect your child from something which could hurt him or his feeling even though you would lie to him.

    I don’t have a children, so no !!!

    Yeah, sometimes as a kid I had some these strange queries about live, ghosts etc,,, and I was curious to know everything around me…

    to be honest, most likely I think they just lied to me :)

  • LOIEnglish

    Ilka…Good.
    The answer to question #4 is COPE. The answer to question #5 is: deal with. Thanks for answering!

  • LOIEnglish

    Albatain,

    Good work. Your answers are all correct. You have some grammar mistakes in some of the answers.

    Question #5: a phrasal verb is two words so: deal with, is a better answer.

    Your answer to Question #7: When you practice English everyday, speaking comes easily to you AND you sound NATURAL.

    thinking in A different way, being creative

    I don’t have ANY children. (we never use articles (a, the, an) with a plural word.
    Children is an irregular plural.

    Yeah, sometimes as a kid I had some strange queries about LIFE, ghosts, etc and I was curious ABOUT everything around me.

    Life is the noun. Live is the verb.

    I love life.

    I live in a small town.

    I’m sure every parent lies a little to their children. As a parent I keep in mind the rule to only answer the questions they ask and to answer as simply and honestly as I can. Currently, my little one is in the ‘why’ phase. She asks, ‘why’ for everything.

    I hope this helps! Thanks for answering!

  • Anna

    1.Cockroach is the insect we love to hate.
    2. There are more snakes and lizards in the nature that we love to hate.
    3. to feel embarrassed
    4. Have you ever thought you couldn’t cope with having a child?
    5. deal with
    6 .being friendly comes easily to Amy.
    7. Being healty comes easily if you eat only naturall food.
    8. I had to learn to think out of the box.
    9. After this car accident i’ve started to think out of the box.
    Writing exercise: My little son is so noisy, activitty boy. Sometimes I have some troubles with him in the school, but I always know that I can deal with it. Who is if not I am?! When my children were born I’ve been very surprised because they were just the same as I’ll imagine. And they both have meet my expectation absolutely.
    Sometimes my son asks my some difficult questions and I’m afraid he’s too small to receive the truthful answere. When I was a child and asked my mum difficult question she didn’t answere me and said: You will know when you will grow up. My parents and I get allong well, but with my children I try to be more carefull.

  • Anna

    1. Cockroach is the insect we love to hate.
    2. There are many snakes and lizards in the world that we love to hate.
    3. It happen when people feel embarrassed, for example.
    4. Have you ever thought you couldn’t cope with having a child?
    5. deal with
    6. being friendly comes easily to Amy.
    7. It comes easily to be healthy if you use only naturally food.
    8. I had to learn to think out of the box.
    9. It means the Joshua’s mum have especially child and she had to think different and more
    creative than usually people.

    Writing exercise: My old son was a very noisy and restless boy. I had some troubles with him in the kindergarten and primary school. The teachers complained of his bad behavior. But I’ve been known I could cope with it. When my children were born I was so amazing because they were just as remarkable as I was imaging. Both my children have met my expectation absolutely.
    My son asks me some difficult question sometimes. Then I can’t answer to him because he’s too small. For example he asked me recently: Why people are getting the fool when they drink a lot alcohol? When I was child my mother said me often: You’ll know it when you’ll grow up. This happens to me too. I get along well with my parents, but I try to be more carefully and honesty with my children.

  • LOIEnglish

    Anna…Good listening, you have a few grammar mistakes in the answers. I’ll point them out here:

    Question #3: It happenS

    Question #7: Being healthy comes easily when you choose only natural foods.

    Question #9: It means THAT Joshua’s mum HAD a SPECIAL chld and she had to think differentLY and more creatively than NORMAL.

    I had some troubles with him in Kindergarten. (no THE, because it is a formal noun).

    The teachers complained ABOUT his bad behavior. (complain is always with ABOUT)

    But I’ve always known I could cope with it. (no need for been in the sentence.)

    When my children were born I was so amazED because they were just as remarkable as I HAD imagined. (adjectives when we feel them end in ED, when we produce the feelings end in ING; watch this video: http://www.skypeenglishclasses.com/skype-english-blog/videos/english-adjectives-with-ed-and-ing-video-and-exercise/) (We use the past perfect in this sentence because there are 2 things that happened in the past, children were born, I had imagined) Here is a video about this problem: http://www.skypeenglishclasses.com/skype-english-blog/past-simple-past-perfect-and-past-continuous-video/

    I can’t answer HIM because he’s too small. (no need for TO with answer, answer is just with object) I answer the questions truthfully.

    Hahaha! That is a hard question to answer: Why DO people ACT LIKE FOOLS when they drink alcohol?

    When I was a child my mother OFTEN said: You’ll UNDERSTAND when YOU ARE OLDER.

    I try to be more careful and honest with my children. (carefully is the adverb; He drives carefully through the mountains. Honesty is the noun. Honesty is an important quality in a husband.)

    Thanks for answering!

  • Anna

    Thanks for your comment. It’s very usfull for me.

  • luca lattarini

    1-Cockroach is the insect we love to hate.
    2-Cockroach is an insect we really hate.
    3-asking a unconfortable question to another people
    4-cope
    5-deal with
    6-Being friendly comes easily to Amy.
    7- it comes easily for me ……
    8-I had to learn to think out of the box with you
    9-the mother had to learn different way to look after her baby

    1-I think that it’s very important to take care of own baby through the right word. I appreciate the mother.

    2-I still haven’t children even if one day it will happen i hope to look for the right word
    3-No- i should have to make it
    4- I do not know

  • LOIEnglish

    Luca, first thank you for answering. A quick look at some of your answers:

    Question #3: asking AN uncomfortable question to another PERSON. (We use ‘an’ because ‘uncomfortable’ begins with a vowel sound ‘u.’ We use ‘PERSON’ because it is singular and ANOTHER always is paired with singular nouns NEVER with plurals.)

    Question #9: The mother had to learn A different way to look after her baby. (Remember to always introduce a noun with an article: A, An, or The)

    I’m not sure what you mean in your writing when you use ‘word.’

    I think it is very important to take care of YOUR own baby with the correct EXPLANATIONS. (perhaps this is better?)

    I still haven’t HAD any children. If one day it happenS, I hope to have the right EXPLANATIONS. (haven’t had-this is present perfect tense)

    I hope this helps!