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1,227 - Altering Clothing

July 23rd, 2016

Episode 429 of 489 episodes

Do you want to sew buttons on your underwear? We can’t teach you that, but we can explain how to talk about it in English. Learn more on this episode. Slow dialog: 1:25 Explanations: 3:41 Fast dialog: 19:25 Mom: Put on these pants and this shirt, come over here, and stand still. I need to alter your brother’s clothes to fit you. Sa’ad: Oh, Mom! Mom: Hurry up. I need to let down the hems and take up the sleeves. I don’t think I have to take in the pant legs, but I might have to let out the waist a little. Sa’ad: Ouch! Mom: Sorry, but you need to stop moving around or your hem will be uneven and your seams will be crooked. You and your brothers are growing so fast I feel like a full-time tailor! Sa’ad: Are we done? Mom: No, we’re not. Stay right there. You can help me iron a crease into this shirt before I put it through the sewing machine. Sa’ad: Oh, Mom! Mom: Don’t “Oh, Mom” me. This machine doesn’t seem to be working. I hope I don’t have to stitch all these by hand. Sa’ad: Mom, since I’m growing so fast, I’ll probably grow out of these clothes in a couple of months. Let’s wait until after my growth spurt to alter them. Mom: And what will you wear in the meantime, high waters? Sa’ad: No, shorts! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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