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occasionally • feel • same way
busy • laid back
  1. He's a good roommate because he's really .
  2. I think a lot of people feel the about the current financial situation.
  3. we go to the cinema, but mostly we rent movies.
  4. I never see you anymore because you're always so .
  5. How do you about living in a place where you don't speak the language?
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130 Aussies
Nicola compares the people of Australia with the people of Japan.

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Occasionally my friends and I go hiking.

If something happens 'occasionally' it does not happen very frequently.  In the example, maybe they go hiking one time every two or three months.  Notice the following:

  1. He eats fast food occasionally, even though he doesn't like it.
  2. Occasionally she wears a dress to work, but usually she wears pants.


How do you feel about Australia?

How you 'feel' about a place are the emotions you have about it.  Do you like it?  Notice the following:

  1. Do you feel like going to a movie tomorrow?
  2. How do you feel about the new apartment?

same way

I feel the same way about America.

If you feel the 'same way' as someone then you have agree with her feeling and have the same feelings.  Notice the following:

  1. I really like you.  Do you feel the same way about me?
  2. I feel the same way about high heeled shoes.  They just aren't comfortable.


Japanese people are quite busy.

A 'busy' person has a lot to do in his life and doesn't spend a lot of time relaxing.  Notice the following:

  1. Are you busy on Friday night?  Do you want to go out for a drink with me?
  2. I am going to be really busy this weekend.

laid back

Australians are pretty laid back.

A 'laid back' person is very relaxed and doesn't get stressed easily.  Notice the following:

  1. He was really laid back until he started this new job.
  2. You should really try to be a little more laid back.