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spoiled • a while • famous for
behavior • lasted
  1. Texas is barbecued ribs.
  2. You always have to wait to see the doctor here.
  3. That camera three years.
  4. I was really in Vietnam because I got a massage every week.
  5. When he is lying you can tell by his unusual .
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300 Lucky
Richard talks about his dog.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

a while

It's been a while since I last saw you.

You can use the phrase 'a while' to mean a long amount of time. Notice the following:

  1. He moved to Canada a while ago.
  2. I haven't been to the cinema in a while.


One of the other unique things about Lucky is that I think he's spoiled.

If a pet or a child is 'spoiled' it means that he gets everything that he wants. Notice the following:

  1. He is spoiled by his wife who does almost everything for him.
  2. She is an only child and her parents spoiled her.

famous for

In Japan, cats are famous for going under the kotatsu in winter.

If cats are 'famous for' something it means that it is their usually action and many people are aware of it. Notice the following:

  1. He is famous for getting into trouble.
  2. Japan is famous for excellent fish.

unusual behavior

That's a very unusual behavior for a golden retriever.

Something that is 'usual behavior' is not a normal action, it is something that doesn't happen every day. Notice the following:

  1. It is very unusual behavior for him to arrive anywhere late.
  2. I think my cat is sick because she has had unusual behavior recently.


Eighteen thousand yen-worth of dog food lasts about three months.

How long something 'lasts' is how long you can keep it or use it. We can also use 'last' when talking about humans to mean 'survive. Notice the following:

  1. A kilo of sugar lasts me about 3 months because I almost never use it.
  2. The hot water in the shower lasts for about fifteen minutes.