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  • Alice: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm Alice.

  • Rob: And I'm Rob. Now, Alice ... how old are you?

  • Alice: I'm 21, Rob ... not a day older!

  • Rob: Come on, don't be coy about your age, Alice!

  • Coy, by the way, means not wanting to give away information about yourself.

  • Alice: I'm not being coy, Rob.

  • I just... don't feel like telling everyone how old I am.

  • Some people think it's rude to ask.

  • Rob: I don't mean to be rude of course but ... well, you are being coy.

  • I'm asking because today we're talking about age and whether you can be too old for some things.

  • What do you think?

  • Alice: I'm too old to order off children's menus in restaurants, but I still do it.

  • Rob: Anything else?

  • Alice: Well, I couldn't pull an all-nighter anymore.

  • Rob: OK. That's another way of saying stay up all night to finish something.

  • That's what students do to get their work done.

  • Alice: I used to be able to do it, and now I couldn't.

  • I struggle to stay up on New Year's Eve until midnight.

  • But let's move on to today's quiz question.

  • What percentage of people aged over 65 surveyed in the UK described themselves as old?

  • Is it ... a) 6%? b) 16%? Or c) 60%?

  • Rob: Well, I think it's just a) 6%. People don't like to think of themselves as old.

  • Alice: Well, we'll find out if you got the answer right or wrong later on in the show.

  • First, let's explore the subject of aging more.

  • Tell me, Rob, do you think you can be too old to take up a new hobby?

  • Rob: I might be, I mean, depends on the hobby of course.

  • I went for a run the other day, and it nearly killed me.

  • Alice: That just means you're unfit, Rob!

  • Let's listen to Ernestine Shepherd who didn't think she was too old to take up an interesting new hobby.

  • At the age of 71 she started bodybuilding and is currently listed in the Guinness Book

  • of Records as the oldest female bodybuilder in the world.

  • Ernestine Shepherd: If ever there were an anti-aging pill, I would call it exercise.

  • I enjoy working out with the people who come to the church.

  • Sometimes they say, "Oh, this hurts!" But I tell people, "Age is nothing but a number!"

  • I am 75 years of age. This morning I awakened at 2.30.

  • I have a group of four other people who run with me in the mornings.

  • We run about ten miles. Every day.

  • Rob: Wow! That was Ernestine Shepherd. What an example to us all!

  • Alice: Work out, by the way, means taking exercise to make yourself fit.

  • I think it's true that if we did more exercise every day, we would all look and feel much better.

  • Rob: Ernestine is all for exercise but I'm afraid I'd take some anti-aging pill if one existed.

  • Alice: If something is advertised as being anti-aging it means it's designed to stop you looking older.

  • Rob: And you can find hundreds of products these days that claim to have anti-aging properties.

  • Lots of lotions and potions for women in particular!

  • Alice: Yes. That's because women feel pressurized to look younger than their age.

  • It's an example of ageism and it isn't fair.

  • Rob: Ageism means discrimination against people because of their age.

  • And sometimes people can be discriminated against in the workplace for being 'too old'.

  • Now, do you think you could be too old to take up a new job, Alice?

  • Alice: No, I don't get the concept of too old at all.

  • My grandparents both still work and they have more enthusiasm and energy than I do.

  • They hate being called senior citizens and old-age pensioners

  • or by the initials of these words, OAP.

  • And they are right: who wants to be defined by their age?

  • Rob: You just said: "Don't get this concept".

  • And to get something means to understand it.

  • So I suppose you stay the same inside ... it's just the outside that changes!

  • We have to be young at heart at least.

  • And age is no reason for some people to stop working if they are in good health.

  • Let's listen to Trisha Cusden who started a new business at 65 supplying beauty products for older women.

  • Her age actually inspired her choice of work.

  • Trisha Cusden: I've had an idea, I've seen a problem and an opportunity,

  • and I've done something about it.

  • And created a business which I'm very happy to say is very successful.

  • I mean [when] I started it, it was going to be a hobby, you know, something to keep me

  • out of trouble, give me something to do.

  • Rob: Trisha Cusden there. She started a new hobby and it turned into a successful business enterprise.

  • Now, before we finish, I'd just like to put the case for older men.

  • My dad, my granddad, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Harrison Ford ... they're all fantastic

  • role models for us younger guys.

  • Alice: And a role model is somebody people admire and want to copy.

  • Rob: Well, that brings us round to the matter of today's quiz question, Alice.

  • Alice: Yes, it does. I asked: What percentage of people aged over 65 surveyed in the UK

  • described themselves as old in a survey?

  • Is it ... a) 6%, b) 16% or c) 60%?

  • Rob: Yep. And I said a) 6%. Was I right?

  • Alice: Yes, you were! You were right! Well done!

  • More than 2,000 people aged between 65 and 93 were surveyed by UK market research firm YouGov.

  • Now here are the words we learned today, Rob.

  • Rob: They are:

  • coy

  • pull an all-nighter

  • work out

  • anti-aging

  • ageism

  • senior citizen

  • old-age pensioner (or OAP)

  • get something

  • role model

  • Alice: Well, that's the end of today's 6 Minute English.

  • Don't forget to join us again soon!

  • Both: Bye.

Alice: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm Alice.

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BBC 6 Minute English April 21, 2016 - Never too old

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