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MID-LIFE CRISIS

DO YOU KNOW ANY MIDDLE-AGED PEOPLE WHO ARE STARTING TO ACT STRANGELY? HAVE THEY JUST BOUGHT A NEW SPORTS CAR? ARE THEY LOOKING FOR A CHANGE IN THEIR LIVES? ARE THEY DESPERATELY TRYING TO GET INTO SHAPE? THEY MAY BE GOING THROUGH A MID-LIFE CRISIS. THIS IS A TOPIC THAT HOLLYWOOD HAS DEALT WITH IN A NUMBER OF FILMS. BUT FIRST, WHAT EXACTLY IS A MID-LIFE CRISIS?

A mid-life crisis is a period in life (usually in a man’s life) between the ages of 35-55. It’s a time when people feel that their youth is over and old age is approaching. It’s a time when people ask themselves questions such as, “Where am I going? What am I doing? What have I done?” It can lead to sudden and big changes. Some of the symptoms of a mid-life crisis are the following. A desire to…

quit a good job.

…investigate new religions, churches or philosophies.

…change habits.

…run away from everything.

…get into physical shape.

…buy a fast car, particularly a sports car.

…do more sport, particularly ones that involve fast movement (running, cycling, dancing, sky diving, etc).

…explore new musical tastes.

…learn how to play an instrument.

…draw, paint or write books and poetry.

…buy new and unusual clothes.

…change their hair (dye it, shave it off, etc.)

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (190) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: How to understand body language in meetings. Find out how to understand what messages people are communicating with their bodies in meetings. Plus, 12 useful words and expressions for talking about an office, 10 useful expressions for meat, 6 useful expressions for talking about the phone, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Film – Hollywood stars. • Politics – political protest. • Speaking – making small talk. • Grammar – the present perfect. • Writing – e-mails. • Housing – neighbours from hell. • Language learning – how to learn English. • Musicals – famous musicals. • Psychology – the mid-life crisis. • Travel – Vancouver. • Technology – mobile madness. • Mystery – Jack the Ripper. • Accents – the French English accent. • Literature – banned books. • Language – metaphors. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!