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short break • warm enough • chilly
look forward • catch up • miss
  1. Is it outside for shorts?
  2. The children to their summer vacation every year.
  3. Do you your old job?
  4. I haven't see you in years. We really need to sometime.
  5. You seem stressed. Go take a outside.
  6. The wind is really .
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9 Going Home

Gabrielle is heading back to New Zealand. She talks about her plans.

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short break

I'm going home on a short break for the summer.

A 'short break' is time that is used to relax and escape from the stress of daily life.  This can be a few minutes, hours or days depending on what you are talking about.  Notice the following:

  1. I always need to take a short break from work in the afternoon.
  2. A weekend away will be a short break from life.

warm enough or chilly

Is the water warm enough to swim in? No, it's actually pretty chilly.

If a temperature is 'warm enough' then it is high enough to be comfortable.  If something is 'chilly' it is too cold to be comfortable.  Notice the following:

  1. Is the soup warm enough for you?
  2. It's a little chilly outside today.

look forward

I look forward to going home.

You 'look forward' to a future event that you are excited about. Notice the following:

  1. I am really looking forward to having my own apartment.
  2. Do you look forward to graduating?

catch up

I'm going to catch up with friends and family and animals.

To 'catch up' with people means to talk to them and find out what they are doing now in their lives or any recent news that they have.  Notice the following:

  1. It was really nice to catch up with you.
  2. We can get coffee and catch up.

miss (my pets)

I really miss my pets.

To 'miss' a person or a place is have positive feelings about something that is not physically close to you right now, and you sometimes have some feeling of longing or regret.  Notice the following:

  1. What do you miss the most about Mexico?
  2. She loved her new school, but missed her old friends.