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Genius children

Aktualizacja: 17 lut 2019

[English vocabulary lesson about genius children // Lekcja słówek angielskich o dzieciach geniuszach]

We are all amazed when a 14-year-old boy obtains (= gets) a degree in physics, or a 9-year-old becomes a chess champion. They would straightaway be called geniuses. It's not always the case, however, that a genius emerges (= comes out) at an early age. Take Einstein for example. He is said to have been very slow at school. Shakespeare, too, was not the most clever student you can imagine. Another thing is that a lot of children are talented, but it's some parents' over-ambition that makes them push (=force) their children into music, maths or whatever else. Such kids, whether they like it or not, become even more talented than the others. True genius is often inherited (= taken from parents) in the genes, since unusual abilities tend to run in the family (= a lot of people in the family are good at or interested in the same thing).

Obviously, there are some advantages of being a genius. Things that ordinary people have to work at would come easily to you and it would be easier for you to choose a future career. And on top of that, people would respect and admire you. On the other hand, it's certain that some hyper-talented children would enjoy being ordinary boys or girls rather than prodigies. Why? If you were a genius you could find it hard to build relationships with other people, and as a result feel a bit lonely. You might also have problems with learning very practical things. Last but not least, being aware of your abilities, you could feel superior to other people and not be able to respect them as they deserve.

So, when you discover a talent in your child, think twice if you really want them to turn into a genius!



Don't forget that you can practise the words in my Facebook group! :)

EXERCISE 1

Complete the sentences with the missing words. The first letters are given to help you.

1. When I finish my studies, I will o………….……………. a degree in physics.

2. Very successful at an early age, Mozart was definitely a child p………….…………….

3. If you’re vain, you think you’re s………….……………. to everyone else.

4. The talent for music runs in Mike’s f………….…………….

5. After his grandma died, John i………….……………. her house. She’d left it to him in his will.

6. Parents often p………….……………. their children into too many extracurricular activities at the same time.

7. They spent hours observing Loch Ness, and finally Nessie e………….…………….!

8. He is quite intelligent, but I wouldn’t really call him a g………….…………….

EXERCISE 2

Match the question halves, then answer the questions.

1. Would you like your child to be

2. What would you most like to inherit

3. What talent runs


a. a genius? Why/ why not?

b. in your family?

c. from your parents or grandparents?


KEY


Ex.1

1. obtain

2. prodigy

3. superior

4. family

5. inherited

6. push

7. emerged

8. genius


Ex. 2

1. a

2. c

3. b