Listening Exercises for Beginners: The Icing on the Cake


Blanca Alvarez and her husband risked crossing the border to immigrate into the U.S. and then struggled to make ends meet. They hoped to shelter their children from these harsh realities, but Blanca’s daughter Connie reveals how much children can really see of their parents’ lives—and the inspiration they draw from their struggles.


  • to immigrate, to struggle  , to make ends meet, gardeners, night shift  , candy dishes, snack ,   to put kids to bed,  to go  through  a lot of  things, to raise  children, to  neglect ,to  finish  college , to achieve dreams , icing on the cake

Ponder about and answer these  questions before  watching the  video

  • Do  you recognize  what  parents  do or have  done  for you?
  • What is the best examples  that  you have seen  in your parents lives?

Watch the video The Icing  on the cake  and think  of these  questions while  watching it

  • What   were the  first jobs that the family  had  when  they arrived   to the  country?
  • What is  one  of the memories that Connie  had when  her mom  took her  and her brother  to  work?
  • What was   the  things  that  the family had to go  through when arriving to the United States?
  • What  would  Blanca   had done  different  if   she had the opportunity to  raise  her kids  again?
  • How was Blanca’s example an inspiration for  Connie?

After watching the video and answering the questions

Write a  short  paragraph stating  how  your  loved ones  have served  as  an inspiration   to achieve  your  goals.