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wilderness • by nature • stand it
missed having • oddly enough
  1. I remember her voice, but , I can't remember her face.
  2. What is that smell?  I can't .
  3. He took a trip into the to get away from civilization.
  4. Although she lived next to the ocean, she lakes.
  5. he is a very hard worker.
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808 Wild Life
Asako talks about going from living in a big city to living out in nature.

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way out in the wilderness

What was it like way out in the wilderness?.

The 'wilderness' is a large green forested area of mountains, trees and wild animals.  It is usually an area that has been undeveloped by humans.  Notice the following:

  1. I enjoy wilderness camping.
  2. Many of the world's wilderness areas are fast disappearing.

by nature

So by nature, you are a nature person.

If you are a certain way 'by nature', that means you were born that way.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm by nature a quiet, shy person.
  2. People, by nature, like others who are interested in them.

I just couldn't stand it

And I just couldn't stand it.

When we 'can't stand' something that means we strongly dislike it.  Notice the following:

  1. The class was so boring I just couldn't stand it.
  2. I just couldn't stand the way she kept talking and talking.

I missed having action and noise

I missed having action and noise around me.

We 'miss' something positive from the past that we want to do, see, or have now, but can't.  Notice the following:

  1. When my family moved to the country, I missed having action and noise around me.
  2. He missed the action and noise of the big city.

oddly enough

Oddly enough, I grew up on a farm.

We use the term 'oddly enough' to talk about something that is strange or surprising.  Notice the following:

  1. My dad was a jazz pianist, but oddly enough, I hate jazz.
  2. She's Japanese, but oddly enough, she prefers Western food.