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Vocabulary Quiz
particular • stays in shape • terrible food
a taste for • lean mean
  1. They always eat a lot of at the fair.
  2. He by swimming every morning.
  3. After he joined the army he became a fighting machine.
  4. I like most fruit, but I love apples in .
  5. I don't think I will ever develop salty foods.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

834 Nutrition
Jeff talks about the foods he eats to keep lean and fit.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

in particular

You mentioned the need for exercise, and in particular, yoga.

Here the phrase 'in particular' is similar in meaning to 'specifically'.  Notice the following:

  1. Are you looking for something in particular?
  2. I need to improve my English - in particular, writing.

stay in shape

People often ask me how I stay in shape.

To 'stay in shape' means to stay healthy by regular exercise.  Notice the following:

  1. How do you stay in such good shape?
  2. I go jogging to stay in shape.

terrible foods

I have no discipline when it comes to eating because I eat terrible foods.

'Terrible foods' are unhealthy and usually high in fat.  Notice the following:

  1. My weight is all from the terrible food I eat.
  2. Terrible foods are unhealthy, but often delicious.

develop a taste for

If you start eating vegetables and fruits, your body will start to develop a taste for those.

When we 'develop a taste' for something, that means we slowly begin to enjoy it.  Notice the following:

  1. I took me years to develop a taste for jazz music.
  2. It takes awhile to develop a taste for low-fat food.

lean mean fighting machine

Drink lots of water and juice, and you can become a lean, mean fighting machine.

The phrase 'lean mean fighting machine' is an idiom for someone who is very fit and healthy.  Notice the following:

  1. He's a lean mean fighting machine!
  2. I'm healthy, but not exactly a lean mean fighting machine.