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specialty • related • strict
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  1. My job is to what I studied in school.
  2. The lights, the wine and the food created a that was perfect for him to tell her that he loved her.
  3. The author really creates a between the characters.
  4. She is very about her exercise schedule.
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316 Design

Raphael talks about his interest in design.

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My main specialty is stage design.

A 'specialty' is something that a person or group does very well. For example, someone is a good cook, but his specialty is Italian food.

Notice the following:

  1. Painting landscapes is my specialty.
  2. She is a doctor but she specializes in pediatrics.

closely related

It's closely related to interior design and light design.

'Closely related' means that one thing is very similar to something else.

Notice the following:

  1. Spanish and Portuguese are two languages that are very closely related,
  2. Apes are closely related to humans.


They don't have the same strict architecture rules that we have in France.

If rules are 'strict' it means that they are very specific and not flexible. We can also use 'strict' to a person who is very firm about his rules for himself and for others.

Notice the following:

  1. My new teacher is very strict.
  2. The police here are very strict about speeding when driving.


I wish I could make a connection between my light design skills and my taste for music, sound design.

There is a 'connection' between two things when a relationship between them exists.

Notice the following:

  1. I felt a connection between the two of us.
  2. I need to read it again so I can make the connection.

produce a moment

Basically what it's about, it's producing a moment, a feeling, like you can use any media, right?

When you 'produce a moment' you create a dramatic effect on the listener or viewer. You use your skills to make the audience to feel a certain way.

Notice the following:

  1. The music was very dramatic and it produced such a moment.
  2. I want to produce a moment and evoke strong feelings with my music.



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