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general • flexibility • bureaucracies
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  1. We have a lot to get done in this course, so there isn't much room for .
  2. One of the reasons that everything in this country is so slow is that there are too many .
  3. If I don't have a map, I naturally go in the exact direction that I should.
  4. We want all of our students to have access to the materials.
  5. I have your address, but could you give me a idea of where you live?
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Fred and Todd discuss the university systems of Canada, the U.S. and Japan.

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give you a general idea

Let me just give you a general idea of how education works in Canada.

'Give you a general idea' means that you get an overall description about something, but don't talk about anything specific.

Notice the following:

  1. I do not have all of the examples here with me, but it will give you a general idea.
  2. I can give you a general idea about how long it will take to paint the house.

there's not much room for flexibility

There is the Ministry of Education that's in charge of creating the curriculum for the universities and so there's not much room for flexibility.

'There's not much room for flexibility' means that there is not much chance that things can be changed.

Notice the following:

  1. When you work at a factory you have to be there on time, and there's not much room for flexibility.
  2. There's not much room for flexibility when have to wear a uniform everyday.

large bureaucracies

We have many private universities and I think they're large bureaucracies.

'Large bureaucracies' is a term to describe large administrative organizations.

Notice the following:

  1. Many governments are just large bureaucracies.
  2. I have worked for large bureaucracies in the past and I have never enjoyed it.

equal access

I think that it is a problem because you're not giving the same equal access to education to everybody.

'Equal access' means that everybody is given the same, fair chance to experience or do something.

Notice the following:

  1. I think that men and women should have equal access to job opportunities.
  2. Do you think there is equal access for everybody now when it comes to jobs?

exact opposite

It's the exact opposite in the States.

The 'exact opposite means' that it could not be more different.

Notice the following:

  1. I am the exact opposite of you. You have black hair and I have blonde hair.
  2. She went in the exact opposite direction to me.



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