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23-hours • reception • fanatic
bush • commute
  1. I don't have cell phone right now. Can I use your phone?
  2. The best thing about my new job is that the takes half the time it did before.
  3. He is a definite health , except around the holidays.
  4. We learned a lot of survival techniques living in the .
  5. It's a bus ride to the border.
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616 New Zealand Life
Lucinda talks about a special place she grew up in in New Zealand.

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four-hours drive

I'm actually from about four-hours drive north of Auckland.

A 'four-hours drive' is a distance that would take four hours to drive. You can use the combination of a number with a length of time to show how long it takes something to happen. Example, it's a four-days walk to get to the town where he was born. Notice the following:

  1. The rain is so bad that a two-hours drive took me almost four hours.
  2. It's only a five-minutes walk to the nearest supermarket.


We never had TV because we couldn't get reception for television.

Used like this, reception refers to the ability to get a strong enough signal for something to function. Notice the following:

  1. This television gets awesome reception, even without an antennae.
  2. My cell phone gets reception everywhere except for in my office.

health fanatic

My mother is health fanatic, so she chose basically everything my brother and I ate.

A 'health fanatic' is someone who is very motivated to keep a healthy body and eat healthy food. Notice the following:

  1. She's always been a heath fanatic, and it has made traveling very hard for her.
  2. After his father had a heart attack, he turned into a huge health fanatic.

the bush

My mother was raised on a farm land, but I was raised in the bush or like a forest.

Here, 'bush' refers to an area of land that has not been cleared for habitation. It is still in its natural form and is usually unexplored and uninhabitable. Notice the following:

  1. We are building a cabin in the bush right now.
  2. It was hard to adjust to life in the city after so many years of life in the bush.


I had to take a bus and a boat to get to school - that's a commute.

When you 'commute,' you travel to and from the same destination on regular basis. Notice the following:

  1. I can't believe that I commuted 45 minutes to school every day.
  2. My commute to work is only like 10 minutes by bicycle.