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solitary • rotating • crevices
obvious • whatever
  1. We usually spend the afternoons boating or hiking or .
  2. The crabs like to hide in the between the rocks.
  3. I think you need a evening at home. Let me take care of your kids.
  4. Looking at the map, it's not as which way we are supposed to go.
  5. The just installed a big sign above their restaurant.
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778 Climbing

Shona talks about rock climbing, both indoors and out in nature.

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I'm into more solitary sports, I like doing yoga in the mornings.

When you are 'solitary,' it means that you are alone.

Notice the following:

  1. I think when you have done something bad in prison, they put you in solitary confinement.
  2. Sometimes I like to be solitary.


There's also a big rotating wall as well for when you are really good.

When something is 'rotating,' it means that it is spinning around and around.

Notice the following:

  1. The windmill was rotating.
  2. When the tires are rotating, it means that they are turning the car forward.


The natural environment is harder to climb because there's not as many crevices.

'Crevices' are types of cracks that appear in a surface, in this case, on the surface of rocks.

Notice the following:

  1. Make sure that you clean in all of the crevices.
  2. There are lots of small crevices in the rock where small animals live.

not as obvious

You've got to spend longer to try and find them and they're not as obvious.

When something is 'not as obvious,' it means that it is not clear.

Notice the following:

  1. I painted the fence brown, so that it was not as obvious.
  2. These questions are quite hard, so the answers are not as obvious.

or whatever

You might be a little bit worried about like dropping or whatever, but I'd say I'm probably more fearful of dropping indoors.

'Or whatever' generally refers to other things that you could be afraid of.

Notice the following:

  1. I think we could go to the cinema or whatever.
  2. I was worried about a getting a cold or whatever, as I hate getting sick.



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