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interview • way • selfish
disorganized • all • input
stimulus • chaotic
  1. The little girl that I take care of is at that age where she wants everything her .
  2. The smells, sights and sounds are a lot of . I think I need to sit down for a moment.
  3. The mall is absolutely the day after Christmas.
  4. I had the job today and I should know the response in a few weeks.
  5. Wait! I don't understand you. You're over the place right now.
  6. I need to analyze all of this before I make a decision.
  7. Don't be so with the ice cream. Share a little bit.
  8. I have no idea what is going on in his personal life, but he has been very at work recently.
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428 Strong and Weak Points
Simon and Todd discuss their stong and weak points.

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

job interview

I got a job interview coming up and I know what they're going to ask me about.

A 'job interview' is when you have a meeting and they ask you questions to decide if you are a good person for a job. Notice the following:

  1. I need to go to bed early, because I have a job interview tomorrow.

I want things my way or selfish

Sometimes, I'm a little selfish and I want things my way.

When you 'want things your way' you don't want to compromise or change your ideas or plans for anyone else. If you are a selfish person you only think about yourself or think about yourself before all other people. Notice the following:

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mentally disorganized

I think one of my weak points is that I'm mentally disorganized.

If you are 'mentally disorganized' it means that you don't have order to your thoughts. You have difficult keeping things in order and may forget things. Notice the following:

  1. I feel really mentally disorganized right now. I need some time to think about all of this.
  2. She never makes mistakes like that. She must be mentally disorganized from all that is happening in her life.

all over the place

I'm all over the place all the time, so that sometimes makes me forget things.

You can be 'all over the place' physically or mentally. If you are all over the place mentally it means that you can't organize your thoughts and you think of one thing and then another. When you are all over the place physically you have a lot of energy and can't stay focused on one thing so you move around a lot. Notice the following:

  1. She has very good ideas, but she is all over the place most of the time.
  2. I'm sorry. I'm all over the place today.

input or stimulus

I wonder if maybe people are that way because we have so much input, so much stimulus from TV and the internet.

'Input,' used like this, means information or ideas that are coming from outside sources. This information affects how we think and view the world. 'Stimulus' is information that your brain reacts to and it causes you to think. Notice the following:

  1. When you move to a new place there is a lot of input to process right away.
  2. It is more important for babies to have stimulus even when they are really young.


My close friends say that I'm more chaotic than most people.

A 'chaotic' person has no order to his thoughts or actions. When a situation is chaotic there is no order and it is crazy. Notice the following:

  1. Ten eight year old kids? That sounds chaotic!
  2. Preparing everything was a little chaotic, but the party turned out well.

putting me on the spot (put on the spot)

That's a pretty difficult question and it's putting me on the spot.

When you 'put someone on the spot' you want him to answer a question without having much time to think about it. When you are on the spot the attention in focused on you. Notice the following:

  1. He was really nervous when his boss put him on the spot at the meeting today.
  2. I used to hate it when teachers would call on me and put me on the spot.