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slang • expect • harsh
passed away • missed
  1. You should always that she will be 10 minutes late.
  2. The review of the movie was pretty .
  3. They never teach you when you are learning a language at school.
  4. His mother when he was very young.
  5. Traveling for work was fun, but I my family a lot.
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132 Life in Idaho
Roe was an exchange student in Idaho. He talks about his stay while he was there.

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Basically I learned slang.

'Slang' is informal vocabulary that is used in a particular country or area.  It is frequently used by young people.  Notice the following:

  1. Don't use slang when you write a report.
  2. My grandparents don't understand modern slang.


I didn't know what to expect.

If you don't know what to 'expect' about a place you don't have an idea of what it will be or look like.  Notice the following:

  1. I expected that the city would be bigger.
  2. She didn't expect that it would be so hot.


That would be really harsh.

Something that is 'harsh' is mean and terrible.  Notice the following:

  1. He ended our relationship in a really harsh way.
  2. The cold weather has been very harsh recently.

passed away

My father passed away.

To say that someone 'passed away' is a nice and polite way of saying that he died.  Notice the following:

  1. Their dog passed away today.
  2. When did your father pass away?


Do you miss Idaho.

You 'miss' a place if you are not there and you want to be there.  You notice the absence of things that made you happy.  Notice the following:

  1. When I travel for a long time I begin to miss the food at home.
  2. Don't you miss your family?