English Listening Practice: Brief Biography of Mark Zuckerberg

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Hi everyone,

Learning English through the Brief Biography of famous people is an interesting way. Because we can explore their childhood, life, business and how they become a successful person.

We have created a video about the Brief Biography of Mark Zuckerberg to help you improve your English listening skill, besides, we will share with you the new words (phrasal verbs, academic words….) that are used in the brief.

Let’s get start!

Brief Biography of Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of the popular social-media site Facebook, was born on May 14, 1984.  Though Zuckerberg was born in White Plains, New York, his parents relocated shortly after his birth to Dobbs Ferry, a small village to the west of White Plains.  Both of his parents were well educated; his father, Ed, was (and continues to be) a well-known dentist in the village, while his mother, Karen, was a licensed psychiatrist who helped manage Ed’s office. . Mark Zuckerberg was the second child—and the only boy—in a family of four children.

In the early nineties, the computer game SimCity was very popular, and it captivated young Zuckerberg for hours on end.  By the time he was ten years old, he had become interested in computers, a fact that did not go un-noticed by his father


Video [Brief Biography of Mark Zuckerberg ]

Other Brief Biography of famous people:


  1. Psychiatrist: a doctor who is also trained in psychiatry
  2. keep up with: move or progress at the same rate as someone or something else.
  3. turn down: to not accept an offer or request
  4. exceedingly: an old word meaning ‘very much’
  5. ultimately: after a process or activity has ended
  6. shut down: if a machine or computer shuts down, or if someone shuts it down, it stops operating
  7. Seek out (sought him out): to find someone or something by looking for them in a determined way
  8. pull out: to stop being involved in an activity, event, or situation
  9. run out of: to have come to the end of all possibilities for action
  10. drop out: to leave something such as an activity, school, or competition before you have finished what you intended to do
  11. Slap: a gentle warning or punishment
  12. settle out of: to resolve a legal dispute before a court comes to a final decision
  13. tout: If someone touts something, they try to convince people that it is good
  14. mogul: an important and powerful person in a particular activity or industry
  15. Amid: in the middle of or surrounded by
  16. Pledge: to promise seriously and publicly to do something
  17. Philanthropic: helping poor people, especially by giving them money

Explanation source: Dictionary cambridge

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