Listening Exercises for Beginners: Always a Family


On the morning of September 11th, Michael Trinidad called his ex-wife, Monique Ferrer, from the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower to say goodbye. In the wake of his death, Monique tells the story of Michael’s lasting legacy—the family they built together.


  • get  married, get  divorced,  to  confide, secret, separate  ways, doctor’s appointment, phone call, floor, building, hit , hysterical, put  somebody on,   to  break somebody’s  heart, to joke,  to drive somebody crazy

Ponder about and answer these  questions before  watching the  video

  • What  do  you know   about the events  that happened  in 9/11?
  • How  old  were  you    when the events  happened?
  • How much  do you love  your family?

Watch the video Always a Family  and think  of these  questions while  watching it

  • What is the name  of the couple that  the video talks about?
  • How old  was  she  when they  met?
  • How  old  was  she when  they   get  married?
  • How  many kids  did  they have?
  • What  secret  did  the kids  reveal  to  their mom?
  • What  was the last Michael’s phone call about?

After watching the video and answering the questions

  • Write a  short  paragraph stating  why  it is important to say to  your loved ones how much you love them

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