English Listening Practice: Brief Biography of Steve Jobs

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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 Steve Jobs 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.

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Brief Biography of Steve Jobs

Best known for the oligopoly that is Apple Inc., Steve Jobs came from humble beginnings.  Born to unwed graduate students in California in 1955, he was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs shortly after birth.  An inquisitive child, his father, Paul, encouraged him to pursue his passion for electronics.

Frequently bullied in school, Jobs was a child who preferred solitude to friends.  He found solace in the gadgets and electronics…in his neighbor’s garage, who worked at Hewlett-Packard Company. Jobs eventually saw his first computer at the age of twelve, and was instantly hooked—he knew he wanted to pursue a career with computers.

In 1972, Jobs went on to attend Reed College in Portland, Oregon, though he dropped out after his first semester.  Jobs explains, “After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK”….

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New Words

  1. Oligopoly: the control of a product or service by only a few companies
  2. humble beginnings: from a low social class
  3. unwed graduate: not graduate
  4. adopt by: An adopted child has been legally taken by another family to be taken care of as their own child
  5. inquisitive: wanting to discover as much as you can about things
  6. bully: to frighten or hurt someone who is smaller or weaker than you
  7. solitude: the state of being completely alone
  8. drop out: to leave something such as an activity, school
  9. work out: to be successful, or to end in a particular way
  10. odd: unusual or unexpected in a way that attracts your interest or attention
  11. Hygiene: the practice of keeping yourself and the things around you clean
  12. turn down: to not accept an offer or request
  13. duo: a pair
  14. abrasive attitude: rude and unfriendly
  15. stakeholder: a person or group of people who own a share in a business
  16. bought-out (buy sth out): to buy a part of a company or building from someone else so that you own all of it
  17. pancreatic cancer: a serious disease about the organ in the body that produces insulin
  18. transplant: a medical operation in which a new organ is put into someone’s body
  19. deteriorate: to become worse
  20. cardiac: connected with your heart

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