Any Advice? Yoojin, Cindy, Minji, & Sunny

Four students from Busan University of Foreign Studies discuss life challenges they currently face. 


Yoojin -My boyfriend doesn't allow me to talk to guy friends.

Cindy -My boyfriend is going to go to military.

Minji -My parents don't want me to do what I want to do for my future.

Sunny -My boss keeps nagging me.

Vocabulary (defined as used in this conversation)

  • harsh: Cruel or severe
  • significant other: a spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend
  • generalize: to infer (a general principle, trend, etc.) from particular facts, statistics, or the like.
  • package deal:  all the good and bad parts of a situation
  • how it turns out: the result, what happens in the end
  • to break up: to end a romantic relationship
  • to be faithful: to not cheat on someone in a relationship
  • to wait for someone: to stay faithful to a romantic interest while they are away
  • a big deal:  an important or impressive event or situation
  • to go abroad: to travel to a different country
  • stay in touch: to maintain contact with someone
  • buddies:  close friends
  • crave:  to have a strong desire for something specific
  • raises an intersting question:  a conversational point that leads to a related questio
  • naggingto frequently complain about, find fault, or make suggestions 
  • sign off:  to end a broadcast

Langauge Tweaks

  • follow his opinion > do what he wants
  • prove him > show him or prove to him
  • If you don't have some brave, I will break up for you >  If you aren't brave enough, I will break up for you
  • how to do you goal > how to achieve your goal
  • coworkers are comfortable > coworkers are comforrable with each other
  • I am so stressful > It is so stressful  or  I am so stressed


  • des·ti·ny   /ˈdɛsni/ 
  • world·wide   /ˈwɜrldˈwaɪd/
  • fo·cus   /ˈfoʊkəs/
  • draw·ing   /ˈdrɔɪŋ/
  • rep·re·sent·a·tive   /ˌrɛprɪˈzɛntɪv/ 
  • stub·born   /ˈstʌbərn/
  • do·nut   /ˈdoʊnət, -ˌnʌt/
  • ges·ture   /ˈdʒɛstʃər/ 
  • Con·fu·cian   /kənˈfyuʃən/
  • con·fu·sion   /kənˈfyuʒən/
  • both·er   /ˈbɒðər/

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Listening Comprehension

  • What advice does Sunny give  to Yoojin?
  • When is Cindy's boyfriend leaving for the Army?
  • What kind of work does Minji want to do?  What do her parents want her to do?
  • What does Sunny's boss nag her about?

Discussion Questions

  • What advice would you have given each of these conversation participants?
  • Do you think a boyfriend or  girlfriend has the right to 'not allow' their partner to to not meet friends of the opposite gender?
  • Is there any difference between a girlfriend meeting 'guy friends' or a boyfriend meeting woman friends?
  • What are the most diffucult parts of maintaining a long-distance relationship?
  • What would you do if you parents didn't support your career goals?
  • Who was the best/worst boss you ever had?

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Any Advice? Yoojin, Cindy, Minji, & Sunny
Any Advice? Yoojin, Cindy, Minji, & Sunny