Topic: Childhood



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: Childhood. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

a trip down memory lane to remember some of the happy things that you did in the past
e.g. My grandmother spends more time taking trips down memory lane these days than talking about the present.
mummy’s boy A man who is still very dependent on his mother is a mummy’s boy.
e.g. He’s such a mummy’s boy, always talking about how his mom would think.
poster child (for something) Someone who is a classic example of a state or type of person.
e.g. She is a poster child for soccer moms.
new kid on the block A new kid on the block is a person who has recently joined a company, organization, team, etc, and does not know how things work yet.
e.g. The new kid on the block turned out to be a really good baseball player.
cliques a small group of people who spend time together and who are not friendly to other people
e.g. high school cliques
hide-and-seek a children’s game in which everyone hides from one player who tries to find them. The game is played by one player that is chosen (designated as being “it”) to close their eyes and count to a predetermined number while the other players hide. After reaching this number, the player who is “it” calls, “Ready or not, here I come!’ and then to locate all concealed players.
tag Tag is a playground game that involves one or more players chasing other players in an attempt to “tag” or touch them, usually with their hands. There are many variations; most forms have no teams, scores, or equipment. Usually, when a person is tagged, the tagger says, “Tag, you’re it”.
teacher’s pet a student in a class who is liked by the teacher and who is treated better than other students
e.g. Sally is the teacher’s pet. She always gets special treatment.
eager beaver Someone who works hard and is very enthusiastic.
e.g. Mary is such an eager beaver, she is always the first one to do whatever the boss asks. I think she’s hoping for a promotion!
bookworm This is used to describe someone who reads a lot, all the time.
e.g. You won’t be able to convince her to come out with us; she’s a real bookworm and will probably stay in to read!


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. What do you remember the most when you think about your childhood?
  2. What were you like as a kid?
  3. What did you like to do?
  4. What was your favorite game?
  5. Did you learn how to ride a bike? Describe your first ride.
  6. Were you close with your parents?
  7. How were you at school? Did you like going to school?
  8. Did you have many friends back then? How did your definition of friendship change over time?
  9. Would you say you were a happy kid?
  10. John Betjeman said, “Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.” What do you think John means? Share your thoughts with your Cambly tutor!


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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