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so graphic • silt • drought
heat up • germs
  1. All of the plants are dry and brown because of the .
  2. There is a lot of in the river right now because of the heavy rains.
  3. Would you like me to a piece of apple pie for you?
  4. His novels are that you can almost feel the blood on your skin.
  5. There are signs up all over the school about how to kill and not get sick.
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#516 Life in Africa

Carla talk about living in Africa.

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Maybe that's too graphic, is that too graphic.

If something is "graphic," it is very detailed and shows or tells everything.  We usually use this word to refer to movies, photographs or stories.  Notice the following:

  1. I didn't like the movie, because it was too graphic.  I like action movies, but this one had too much blood.
  2. Her stories are always too graphic and make the listeners uncomfortable.


It would be half full of silt by the next morning.

"Silt" is very fine dirt or sand and is usually carried by moving water, like a river.  Notice the following:

  1. After two years in the river the box was almost completely covered by silt.
  2. The water in the lake was full of silt and was not clean to drink.


It was a bad drought year in 1976.

A "drought" is a time when there is very little precipitation, rain or snow, for a long period of time.  Droughts usually cause food problems because plants don't grow without water.  Notice the following:

  1. After the three-year drought, the farmer had to sell his farm.
  2. The river is very low because of the drought, and the boats can't travel through.

heat up

We had to heat the stew up again.

If you "heat something up," you make it hot.  We commonly use this phrase when talking about food.  Notice the following:

  1. There is some coffee left from this morning, I'll heat it up for you.
  2. This soup is a little cold.  Can you heat it up, please?


Boil it to kill all the germs.

A "germ" is microorganism that makes you sick. Microorganisms are so small that you can't see them without a microscope. Notice the following:

  1. You should wash your hands before you eat, to kill all the germs.
  2. I don't want your germs.  Cover your mouth when you cough.


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