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personally • exposure • dubbed
subtitles • decent
  1. He has never had much to different kinds of foods.
  2. If you make time to have a conversation with her you will see that she's smart.
  3. , I thought the ending was going to be better.
  4. The voices of the characters sound so different in movies.
  5. The weren't very correct, so it was hard to understand the movie.
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169 Good English
Christian explains his secrets for becoming good at English.

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personally

Personally I think it's because we get a lot of exposure to English.

We can use the word "personally" in a sentence where we state our opinion.  It is like saying, "You don't have to agree with me, but I think this."  Notice the following:

  1. Personally, I never completely believe his stories.
  2. How do you feel personally?

exposure

We get a lot of exposure to English through TV.

"Exposure" to English is seeing it or hearing it.  If we are exposed to something it is around us even if we don't look for it.  Notice the following:

  1. Children have a lot of exposure to violence on television.
  2. Did you have much exposure to travel when you were younger?

dub

We don't dub movies.

When you "dub" a movie you replace the voices of the real actors with someone saying the same thing, but in your language.  A movie that was originally made in English may be dubbed in French or Spanish, for example.  Notice the following:

  1. Because the movie was dubbed, the characters' mouths did not move with the words.
  2. Do you prefer to watch dubbed movies or movies with subtitles?

subtitles

We get subtitles.

"Subtitles" are the translated words that appear at the bottom of the screen if you watch a movie that is in a different language.  Notice the following:

  1. There are subtitles in Spanish, French and English only.
  2. Do you want to watch the movie with the subtitles on?

decent

He now can have a decent conversation with us.

A "decent conversation" is one that is respectable, appropriate and probably informed.  Referring to the example, maybe before he had nothing interesting to say and now he does.  Notice the following:

  1. That was the first decent conversation I ever had with her.
  2. Do you have some free time later? It would be nice to have a decent conversation about this.