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Fingernails Grow Faster Than Toenails


Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • dominant: strong; used most often
  • keratin: a fibrous protein found in hair, nails, and the outer layer of skin
  • puberty: the growth period during which a child’s body reaches sexual maturity
  • nail-biting: causing anxiety or nervousness
  • root: base; starting point
  • hangnail: a flap of torn skin at the nail root

Fingernails Grow Faster Than Toenails

Are you grow your nails? Nails may refer to fingernails or toenails. , fingernails grow three to four times faster than toenails. Unfortunately, toenails are than fingernails. Fingernails can break, split, or bend quite easily. Did you know that the nails on your dominant hand grow more quickly? This is handy, since these nails are to wear down from use. Nails are made of keratin, a protein that is also found in hair and skin. Long, strong nails in children are a sign of good health. Fingernail slows down after puberty. This can be a nail-biting time for teens. People who bite their nails often get hangnails. Hangnails are not really nails. A hangnail is a of torn skin at the root of the nail. Hangnails on toes are usually caused by dry skin.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What does the report suggest about right-handed people?
  2. What is similar about hair and nails?
  3. What typically causes hangnails on toes?

Discussion Questions: People often bite their nails due to anxiety. When nail biting becomes a habit, it is difficult to kick. What tips do you have for nail biters who want to kick their bad habit?

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