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18. Our neighbor just had a baby.



mother and baby

Tatyana and her new born baby


teddy bear

teddy bear


baby shower: a social event in which friends or family purchase things for new parents.

bought: the past tense form of the verb "buy."

crib: a bed for a baby

newborn: a new baby

stroller: a cart used for taking a baby to different places.

thrilled: very happy



Our neighbor just had a baby. Everyone in the neighborhood is excited. The woman who had the baby is named Tatyana. She lives in the apartment next door with her husband, George. They're both from Ukraine. They moved to the United States just three months ago. They plan to stay in the United States and raise a family here.

Tatyana will stay home and take care of her baby. George works as a bricklayer. Right now the company he works for is very busy, so he makes enough money to support his family.

George's coworkers organized a baby shower for Tatyana and George and bought many things for them. They bought a crib, a changing table, some baby toys, and a lot of diapers. The new parents still need a stroller, baby bottles, and many other things that a newborn baby has to have.

We bought a teddy bear for the baby. We're so thrilled that they live next door to us!


Now you try it. Read the paragraph above. If you have a microphone, you can record your voice and compare it to my voice.


 write by hand How much do you remember from the reading? Fill in the blanks.

  • 1A: What country are Tatyana and George from?
  • 1B: They're from _____________.
  • 2A: What kind of work does George do?
  • 2B: He's a ____________.
  • 3A: When did they move to the United States?
  • 3B: They moved to the United States _______ _______ ago.
  • 4A: Who had a baby shower for Tatyana and George?
  • 4B: His ____________________.

   (Answers: 1. Ukraine; 2. bricklayer; 3. three months; 4. coworkers)


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