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contract • immersion • food stand
an event • tri-lingual
  1. Many people in Europe are .
  2. When their only daughter got married it was quite .
  3. Our sells only fried foods.
  4. They will give you a bonus at the end of your .
  5. They put their daughter in a Spanish program at school.
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243 European Life
Norman talks about a time he lived in Europe.

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I had two contracts in Germany, and I lived there for five years.

A 'contract' is a work agreement between an employer and employee.  It states all the responsibilities of the employer and employee.  Many times contracts are for one or more years. Notice the following:

  1. I signed a contract for a two-year cell phone plan.
  2. They offered me a really good contract.

immersion teacher

I worked as an immersion teacher for children of military personnel.

An English 'immersion teacher' would teach English to non-native speakers by using only English.  All of the classes and resources are in English. Notice the following:

  1. He has worked as an immersion teacher for children for about ten years now.
  2. Is it difficult to work as an immersion teacher when you don't speak the language.

food stand

They have some kind of food stand with a band playing.

A 'food stand' is place that serves a few types of food in a very informal environment.  There are usually food stands at fairs and festivals. Notice the following:

  1. They have the best hamburgers at that food stand.
  2. One of the most famous food stands at the fair sells cookies.

quite an event

We would take our children with us and it would be quite an event.

If something is 'quite an event' it is very exciting.  We usually use this to refer to a party or celebration. Notice the following:

  1. Buying a new car was quite an event for us.
  2. The graduation ceremony was quite an event.


You speak English, French, and German - you're tri-lingual!

When you speak three languages fluently you can say that you are 'tri-lingual.' Notice the following:

  1. He comes from a tri-lingual family.
  2. This job requires you to be trilingual.