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  1. It is much easier for me to draw objects than real people.
  2. Television commercials are his favorite for advertising.
  3. After 3 hours in traffic I wanted to out.
  4. Although that sounds really interesting, it probably won't help you get a job.
  5. The biggest for you here will be to learn to manage your time.
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318 Design

Eli talks about her interesting in design.

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The degree I did was a graphic design course.

A 'degree' is a higher education qualification. This usually refers a degree that you receive after completing a four or five year program at a university.

Notice the following:

  1. I want to go to university to study for a degree in biology.
  2. I have heard that a university degree gives you a better chance of getting a good job.


You can communicate message, through any medium.

A 'medium' is a method you use for communication. Different examples are radio, television or newspaper.

Notice the following:

  1. I want to express my emotions through the medium of dance.
  2. We want to focus on the television as our main medium.

a challenge

I was actually the only person on my course doing that, so it was quite a challenge.

Used like this, a 'challenge' is a task that is not easy to complete successfully.

Notice the following:

  1. I like to go running, I consider it a challenge to run further each time.
  2. It will be a challenge to beat them in tennis.

tear my hair out

If it wasn't for him, I probably would have torn my hair out years ago.

When you 'tear your hair out' it means that you are very frustrated. This is a figurative description, so the person is not actually tearing her hair out.

Notice the following:

  1. These children have me tearing my hair out.
  2. If I don't win I will tear my hear out.


You got to think about how you're going to give this inanimate object a personality.

When something is 'inanimate' it does not move or have life.

Notice the following:

  1. This rock is inanimate, but the challenge is to make it look alive.
  2. Some religions worship inanimate objects.



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