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bilingual • fit in • aspect
thrown • jump in
  1. They don't do much training at my new job. You are basically in.
  2. One of the best things in this area is the education program that is offered at the schools.
  3. This is the kind of situation where it is better for you to just and start trying what you know.
  4. She has always better with the older students.
  5. I grew up with a lot of outdoor activities, and I never wanted to lose that of my life.
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773 Being Bilingual

Lupe talks about being a native speaker in
two languages.

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bilingual education

What did you think about bilingual education in the United States?

'Bilingual education' is when students are taught in two languages in school.

Notice the following:

  1. I think bilingual education is a great idea, as it means that everybody is included.
  2. He can speak a few languages as he had a bilingual education.

fit in

I was really, really scared of not being able to communicate with other children and being able to fit in.

When you 'fit in' somewhere, it means that you get along with the other people. You feel comfortable and as though you belong there.

Notice the following:

  1. When I have moved schools, I have never had a problem fitting in.
  2. Her parents were worried that she would not fit in with the other children.

I never wanted to lose that aspect of my life

I never wanted to lose that aspect of my life and a lot of kids had to do that because there are schools that don't have bilingual programs.

'I never wanted to lose that aspect of my life' refers in this instance to the way in which Lupe never wanted to lose a specific part of her life or the ability that she has.

  1. I will never forget my roots, and I never want to lose that aspect of my life.
  2. I never want to lose that aspect of my life. I really enjoy playing sports, so I never want to give it up.

being thrown in

Do you think it has been easier learning French through a textbook or learning English being thrown into the United States and having to learn it?

'Being thrown in,' in this case, refers to the way in which people can be put in a situation that makes them learn something a lot faster than they would in the classroom. This is because they are fully immersed in the situation and have no choice but to learn.

Notice the following:

  1. When I start a new job, I love being thrown in at the deep end and learning that way.
  2. My teacher thinks that it is so much quicker being thrown in and learning the language that way than spending hours pouring over text books.

jump in

I think learning a second language made it that much easier to jump into a third language.

When you 'jump into' something, it means that you start something for yourself, fully and with enthusiasm.This is different from being thrown in because you are making the decision to start the activity.

Notice the following:

  1. Sometimes you have to take a step back and not jump in with both feet.
  2. When I finished learning Greek, I jumped straight into learning Latin.



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