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Vocabulary Quiz
set-up • variance • standard
sound check • ideal world • time flies by
a buzz
  1. We noticed the problem during the .
  2. The had the band above the dance floor.
  3. It must be to hear all your fans singing your songs.
  4. There is a lot of between one show and the next.
  5. In an I wouldn't have to sleep.
  6. It's 3:00 already?  when you are really busy.
  7. It is a very contract, but please read through it and make sure you understand everything.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

816 Band Routine
Eoin talks about the usual routine of playing on tour with his rock band in Asia.

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What's the set-up like?


What's the set-up like there?

The 'set-up,'in this case, is the arrangement or layout of the place where the concert will be given.  Notice the following:

  1. Will the set-up give everyone enough space?
  2. What's the set-up like at an outdoor concert?



There is some variance.

The word 'variance' talks about the amount or degree of difference between two or more things.  Notice the following:

  1. There wasn't much variance between the two plans.
  2. The salary variance is 12%.

pretty standard


It's pretty standard.

Here, the term 'pretty standard' describes what is usually required or what is normal.  Notice the following:

  1. It's pretty standard to give 30 days notice before quitting.
  2. It's a pretty standard contract.

sound check


The sound check.

Bands attend a 'sound check' before a show to make sure volume levels are suitable for a particular venue.  Notice the following:

  1. The sound check is at 3:00.
  2. The singer missed the sound check.

an ideal world


In an ideal world.

In an 'ideal world,' everything would happen the way we want or expect.  Notice the following:

  1. In an ideal world, everyone would have food, shelter and healthcare.
  2. Bill Gates must live in an an ideal world, ya' think?

time just fly by?


Does time just fly by?

'Time flies by' means that time seems to move very fast. We usually experience this feeling when we are having fun.  Notice the following:

  1. "Time flies by when you're having fun."
  2. Does the time just fly when you're on stage?