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exotic • intimate • blend
conscious • spoil
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679 Dream Job
Jeff want to start his own company. He talks about the kind of company he wants.

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exotic location

I like a small tour company that would take small groups of people to exotic locations like India.

An 'exotic location' is one that is very different from what we are used to and where we live. Notice the following:

  1. I would love to take a vacation to some exotic location.
  2. The best part of being a movie star would be filming in exotic locations.


I would like to have a very intimate tour so that I don't just stand there and talk.

An 'intimate' tour would be one that had very few people in it. Maybe there would only be a couple people involved in an intimate tour. Notice the following:

  1. This bar is great if you just want to relax or have an intimate conversation.
  2. People like to watch concerts here, because it's an intimate space.

blend in

On these tours, people can sort of blend in and see some of the real views of the country.

'Blending in' means that you have a similar appearance to you surroundings. If you are at a party where everyone is wearing black and you are wearing a red dress, you are not blending in. Notice the following:

  1. She has an amazing ability to blend in wherever she goes.
  2. When you life in a country where nobody looks like you, there is no possibility that you will ever blend in.

conscious about

I see that you're very conscious about culture and things like that.

Things that you are 'conscious about' are what you are aware of and sensitive about. Notice the following:

  1. She tries to be very conscious about other people's feelings in situations like this.
  2. He has always been very conscious about the environment.

ruin / spoil

Don't you worry that you might ruin it or spoil the culture a little bit?

Here, 'ruin' and 'spoil' refer to changing or affecting something in a negative way so that it is not natural or good anymore. Notice the following:

  1. He has this way of always ruining a good time.
  2. Don't tell him about the party, or you will spoil the surprise.