Teenage issues

A French language assistant, Sylvie has been working in a Scottish school and has been researching teenage issues. She interviews a student about how much young people think about their image.

A ton avis, est-ce que les jeunes sont trop obsédés par leur image?

Listen to the student's response and try to answer the questions that follow.

Il me semble que beaucoup de jeunes se préoccupent de leur image. Les filles sont particulièrement influencées par les images des top model dans les magazines ou par les célébrités dans les films qui sont très maigres et bien coiffées. Certains jeunes sont tellement concernés par leur image qu’ils font du bronzage artificiel, portent trop de maquillage et utilisent les lisseurs à cheveux tous les jours. De plus en plus de jeunes se font percer partout ou même se font tatouer. J’ai horreur de ça.

Question

According to this person why are girls particularly concerned about their image?

She thinks they are influenced by images of models and celebrities who are very thin and have their hair done up.

She says influencés par les images des top model dans les magazines ou par les célébrités dans les films qui sont très maigres et bien coiffées.

Question

Give five examples of things that this person thinks young people do that shows this concern with the way they look.

She says they get fake tans, wear too much make up, use hair straighteners every day, get body piercings and get tattoos.

She says qu’ils font du bronzage artificiel, portent trop de maquillage et utilisent les lisseurs à cheveux tous les jours. De plus en plus de jeunes se font percer partout ou même se font tatouer.

Translation

In your opinion are young people obsessed with their image?

It seems to me that lots of young people are concerned about their image. Girls are particularly influenced by the images of models in magazines or by celebrities in films who are very thin and who have their hair styled. Some young people are so concerned by their image that they get fake tans, wear too much make-up and use haïr straighteners every day. More and more young people get their bodies pierced or even get a tattoo. I hate this.