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Vocabulary Quiz
came into • confidence • passions
useless • in touch
  1. Doing practice interviews will help you gain in your abilities.
  2. I can't believe he planned this event. I assumed he was completely at planning.
  3. We kept for a few years after university, but I haven't heard from him in years.
  4. I'm not quite sure how I advertising, but I love it.
  5. Music is one of his main .
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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711 Gadgets

Phil talks about gadgets and how he uses them in his daily life.

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  • Vocabulary

came into

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I kind of came into teaching to try something different.

Here, 'come into' can be replaced with 'started' or 'became involved with.'

Notice the following:

  1. I came into journalism quite late, as it is my second career. 
  2. Why don't you come into teaching? You have all the skills that you need.

gain confidence

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Phil says he went into teaching to gain confidence in himself.

When you 'gain confidence,' it means that you increase your belief in your own abilities.

Notice the following:

  1. I hope to gain confidence in my singing if I practice more.
  2. If you socialize more then you will gain confidence.

main passions

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Music is one of my main passions in life.

Your 'main passion' is the thing that you love the most.

Notice the following:

  1. My main passion is food, I really love to cook.
  2. One of her main passions is her children, she puts them before anything else.

absolutely useless

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I was absolutely useless at taking photographs.

When you are 'absolutely useless' at something, it means that you cannot do it very well or at all.

Notice the following:

  1. I am absolutely useless at running.
  2. I don't think I will pass my exam, as I am absolutely useless at French.

keeping in touch

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It's like keeping in touch with the rest of the world.

'Keeping in touch' means that you remain in contact with someone.

Notice the following:

  1. When you move away, please make sure that you keep in touch and write to me lots.
  2. He promised to keep in touch with me, but he never wrote.