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shocked • administration • government
tongue • cafeteria
  1. He learned to speak English when he was so young that he has almost no accent from his mother .
  2. There have been a lot of changes in the this year, and the employees aren't happy about it.
  3. The central has really been trying to promote public health recently.
  4. We usually just eat in the next to the office.
  5. I'm that they didn't offer you the job. I thought you were more than qualified for the position.
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592 School Life in Asia

Nitiya compares schools in India and Japan.

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I was shocked that they play the same games which we play back in India.

If something surprises you or is very unexpected, it makes you feel 'shocked.'  Notice the following:

  1. It shocks me that they believe in vampires.
  2. When he told me he was getting married, I was shocked.


The whole administration, it's just very different from India.

'Administration' in a school setting refers to management of the school.  It can refer to members of the administration board as well as the management structure.  Notice the following:

  1. He is starting an administration position at the end of the month.
  2. The administration of the office was very effective, so it was a wonderful place to work.

central government

In English and in Hindi, both because they are central government schools.

The 'central government' is the national government.  A central government school is a school owned and managed by the government, or a public school.  Notice the following:

  1. How many central government offices are in this city?
  2. We are waiting to receive more money from the central government for books and resources.

mother tongue

In mother tongue when we speak in school.

Your 'mother tongue' is your native language.  Notice the following:

  1. Although they both speak perfect English they prefer to communicate in their mother tongue.
  2. You have almost no accent from your mother tongue.


And how do they eat lunch? Is there a cafeteria?

A 'cafeteria' is a type of restaurant where all the food has been prepared in advance and you ask for the food you want and get it immediately.  Usually you carry your food to your table on a tray.  Notice the following:

  1. She worked in a cafeteria for a while.
  2. What are they serving for lunch in the cafeteria today?


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