Audio Notes #366 Jamaican Music

ashamed

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I am a bit ashamed that I don't know much.

When you are ashamed, you are embarrassed for something you did or cannot do. Here are some examples:

  1. I am ashamed of my French. It is so bad.
  2. I am sorry I lied to you. I feel so ashamed.

touch

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They touch so many people in Jamaica.

When you touch someone, it can mean physical touch, or it can mean to touch them by idea or spirit.

  1. I was touched by his gift. It was so generous and thoughtful.
  2. The movie was very touching. It made me cry.

oppressed

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He was singing for people who are oppressed.

When you oppress people, you make life hard for them by not giving them rights that other people have. You can oppress people by not giving them the same rights to jobs, education, healthcare, or justice. Here are some examples:

  1. People of color were often oppressed for centuries in America.
  2. Gandhi fought for the rights of the oppressed people of India.

got sick of

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I got sick of them

When you get sick of something, you start to really dislike it. For example, if you only eat chocolate for one week, you will probably get sick of chocolate, meaning you will not want to eat chocolate for a long time. Here are some examples.

  1. I am getting sick of you always telling me lies.
  2. We got sick of waiting so we left.

released

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The record was released last week.

When you release something you let it go free. When a record is released, it becomes available to the public so people can buy it in stores. Similarly, when a movie is released, people can watch it in theaters. Notice the examples:

  1. His new record should be released soon.
  2. As soon as the movie was released, it became a hit.