BBC Child of Our Time
Child of Our Time is a documentary commissioned by the BBC, co-produced with the Open University and presented by Robert Winston. It follows the lives of 25 children, born at the beginning of the 21st century, as they grow from infancy, through childhood, and on to becoming young adults.
The aim of the series is to build up a coherent and scientifically accurate picture of how the genes and the environment of growingchildren interact to make a fully formed adult. A large portion of the series is made up of experiments designed to examine these questions. The main topic under consideration is: “Are we born or are we made?“. The nature of the family in contemporary Britain is also addressed.
Having explained what the documentary is about, let’s watch it, but before, have a look at some of the words and phrases you will find so that you can understand it better. Pay attention to some pronunciation as well.
-reveal /rɪˈviːl/ : revelar
– shape your future: darle forma a tu futuro
– unique /juːˈniːk/ The stress syllable is on ‘nique’.
basic traits = basic characteristic
– openness = receptivity to ideas
– conscientiousness = attention to detail
– outgoing = extroverted
– chatty = a person who talks a lot
– thill-seeker = a person who enjoys dangerous activities and experiences
– agreeable = simpático, agradable, afable
– fear /fɪəʳ/
– guilt = culpa, remordimiento
– as far afield as = tan lejos como, tan distintos como
– the biggest personality test ever conducted: conduct means realizar, llevar a cabo
– lick = chupar
– tape: cinta
– saliva = /ai/
– be the centre of attention
– he talks nonstop = hablar mucho, no callarse, hablar sin parar
– council estate = (government-subsidized housing area): plan subsidiado de viviendas
– make yourself heard = hacerte oír
– kidnap = secuestrar
– tough /tʌf/ environment: ambiente duro
– upbringing = educación, crianza
– risk taker: atrevido, temerario
– affluent environment = affluent means wealthy (rich)
– her early years were far from easy = sus primeros años no fueron fáciles
As you can see, this is just the first part of the first episode. If you like the documentary and think it’s good for you to improve your listening skills, you could continue watching the rest. Here’s the second one: