Question: What was your first job?
Lady Gaga Answer: I got a job when I was 15 because my allowance was about $20 a week, which in New York was impossible. So I used to waitress across the street from where I grew up. And I used to take all the money I made waitressing so that I could go watch jazz downtown.
Talking about the past and our first job experience is quite common in North American conversation topics. Usually people tell stories about their first jobs and often complain about the experience. Lady Gaga takes a different approach.
Lady Gaga talks in a casual fashion to answer the question. She uses the casual verb ‘got’ (=obtain). Lady Gaga also uses past simple to explain the answer. This style can feel casual and more common for American English.
The flow of her conversation is smooth and detailed in that she gives the listener the reason ‘why’ she waitressed without being asked. Lady Gaga lengthens her answer rather than giving a simple answer. The answer also ties into what she does now. All of her money was for the purpose of ‘watching jazz’ downtown. So, along with a smooth information flow, Lady Gaga reveals how goal oriented she was from a young age toward music. This Lady is definitely in a class of her own in everything she does.
Simplified Pattern for general/casual conversation
Answer: I got a job when I was 15 because my allowance was about $20 a week, which in New York was impossible.
Ex1. I got a job when I was 17 because I was saving money for college.
Ex.2 I got a job when I was 15 because I wanted to buy a car.
Ex.3 I got a job when I was 16 because for extra spending money.
Ex.4 I got a job when I was 18 because my parents wanted me to.
Until next week enjoy some music from LADY GAGA!
Born this Way
Edge of Glory
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