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degree • compulsory • hospitable
wander • pen
  1. It is that all of the employees here take a first aid class.
  2. You can walk down the street, but don't too far because we are leaving soon.
  3. We are like friends, because we send each other postcards from all over the world.
  4. I'll finish my in May and after that I have an internship for the summer.
  5. People from small towns are usually very towards visitors.
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441 Germany
Ruth talks about her time in Germany.

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I did a degree in French and German, and I went to Germany as part of that.

Your 'degree' is the area of study that you specialize in at university. Notice the following:

  1. His degrees were in English and mathematics.
  2. How many years will it take to finish your degree?


As part of my degree, it was compulsory to spend one year abroad.

If something is 'compulsory' it is 'mandatory' or you must do it because it is an obligation. Notice the following:

  1. We all have to go to a compulsory meeting today after work.
  2. This class is compulsory, but I think I would want to take it anyway.


When I got to Germany, I found that people were really hospitable.

A 'hospitable' person is very warm and welcoming. He wants to make you feel comfortable and at home. Notice the following:

  1. Thank you for being so hospitable during my time here.
  2. The employees at our bed an breakfast are extremely hospitable and want to do everything they can to make your stay more comfortable.


I lived in a village and I just went for a wander about and I found myself in France.

When you 'wander about' it means that you walk around without any specific destination. Notice the following:

  1. Don't wander too far or you might get lost.
  2. You could spend hours wandering around this city.

pen friend

I've got some really good friends in France and Germany, and I also have a pen friend.

A 'pen friend' is a person you communicate with through writing. It the past it was communication through letters or postcards, but now it can be through email. Many times a 'pen friend' can be someone that you have never actually met in person, but only know through writing. Notice the following:

  1. I'm sorry. I'm not a very good pen friend because I'm too lazy to go to the post office.
  2. My cousin in Norway has been my pen friend for almost ten years now.