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InterRail • lasted • knowledge
five-a-side • bizarre
  1. Wow! That movie almost three hours.
  2. This whole day has been really and confusing.
  3. When I was growing up, we got an ticket almost every summer.
  4. We should play some football this afternoon.
  5. It look her a while to build up some local , because she was too scared to go walking around alone.
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489 European Vacation
Steven talks about his travels in Europe.

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InterRail ticket

You can buy one ticket, called an InterRail ticket, and you can visit any country in Europe.

An 'InterRail ticket' is available to European residents and allows the unlimited travel between specific countries in Europe for a certain period of time. Notice the following:

  1. InterRail tickets are a great way to travel through Europe quickly.
  2. What months do you want your InterRail ticket for?


The ticket I had lasted one month.

Here 'last' refers to the duration of time that something continued. Notice the following:

  1. Do you know how long the meeting is going to last?
  2. This song lasts almost 10 minutes.

built up some local knowledge

We stayed with some British students, who had built up some local knowledge.

You 'build up some local knowledge' by living in a place and learning your way around and how to do the things that you need to get done. Notice the following:

  1. He builds up his local knowledge by going on long walks and seeing the area.
  2. The first thing that you do when you move to a new place is build up some local knowledge and learn your way around.

five-a-side football or communist festival

We played five-a-side football at a communist festival, which was quite a unique experience.

'Five-a-side football' means football or soccer with five people on each team. A 'communist festival' is an outdoor party with people who support communism. Notice the following:

  1. My friends and I play five-a-side football every weekend.
  2. There will be a communist festival in our town this Saturday.


You did that? How bizarre.

Something 'bizarre' is really weird. Notice the following:

  1. It's very bizarre when it's sunny and rains.
  2. She always seems to have some sort of bizarre medical problem.