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organization • weekend • surprise
smelly • remember
  1. Did you take a shower this morning? You're kind of today.
  2. We live in the city, but we usually go away for the .
  3. Our helps new immigrants get accustomed to life here.
  4. It was supposed to be a birthday party, but he found out.
  5. The days when your children are born are days to .
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460 Birthday Memory
Ruth talk about a birthday she remembers.

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When I was younger, I was in an organization called The Guides.

An 'organization' is a group of people who come together for a common purpose. Notice the following:

  1. What kind of organization do you work for?
  2. I got involved with a lot of volunteer organizations at school.


I remember I went one weekend and it was the same weekend as my birthday.

A 'weekend' is Saturday and Sunday. Notice the following:

  1. Which weekend works best for you?
  2. We are going to my cabin for the weekend.

surprise birthday party

My parents had organized a surprise birthday party for me.

When someone has a 'surprise birthday party' for you, they have a party with all your friends that you don't know about until you arrive. Notice the following:

  1. I would never want a surprise birthday party, because I don't really like surprises.
  2. We are having a surprise birthday party for my dad this weekend.


I was very smelly because I hadn't had a shower for the whole weekend.

When you don't shower for a long time, your body starts to have a bad odor.  Another way to describe this odor is smelly. Notice the following:

  1. Take that garbage outside.  It's smelly.
  2. Some types of cheese are really smelly.

a day to remember

We had a great time, we went bowling, and it was really a day to remember.

A 'day to remember' is a day when something important happens and you know that you will never forget it.  When can use this for both good or bad memories, but it is most commonly used for good memories. Notice the following:

  1. All of his friends worked together to make his birthday a day to remember.
  2. The day I bought my first house was definitely a day to remember.