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Vocabulary Quiz
major • ancestors • combo
familial • polite
  1. His music is kind of a of jazz and reggae.
  2. Her parents taught her to be very to adults.
  3. Our come from Western Europe.
  4. My was really interesting, but it didn't help me that much in getting a job.
  5. It is a very atmosphere in our office.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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376 Life History
Miki talks a little about her background.

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


I studied many things, but I majored in Japanese.

When you 'major' in a particular subject it means that you focus most of your studies on that subject and the degree that you receive shows that you are qualified in that area.

Notice the following:

  1. He is an English major at college.
  2. When I go to university I want to major in linguistics.


You are of Japanese ancestry.

An 'ancestor' is a distant relative who lived generations ago.

Notice the following:

  1. I would like to trace my family tree and look up my ancestors.
  2. I have always wanted to know if I had any famous ancestors.


Oh, wow! What a combo.

'Combo' is word that is short for combination, which means two or more things are put together.

Notice the following:

  1. I am going to go for the combo of chicken and vegetables tonight for my dinner.
  2. They make a great combo don't they?


I was but it wasn't a standard Japanese. It was very familial.

'Familial' means when it relates to the family. In this case, she is saying that the Japanese that was spoken was very informal, like what you would speak with your family.

Notice the following:

  1. The whole day was very familial.
  2. All of your ancestors will share familial connections.


There are different levels of politeness.

When you are 'polite' it means that you behave in a cordial or respectful way towards other people.

Notice the following:

  1. Your children are very well behaved and polite.
  2. Please remember for be polite when you go to your aunt's house.