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Vocabulary Quiz
tend to • a good thing • exactly
teasing • down there
  1. I believe everything that people tell me.
  2. They go to see her parents once a month.
  3. That is what I would do.
  4. It turned out to be that he was sent away to military school.
  5. She grew up with her older brothers her about everything.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Kara talks with Lupe about the conditions she prefers when speaking Spanish.

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

tend to

You tend to be a little afraid to speak.

We use the term 'tend to' to describe what usually happens in a certain situation.  Notice the following:

  1. I tend to sleep late on weekends.
  2. People tend to eat more at buffets.

actually a good thing

That's actually a good thing.

Something that is 'actually a good thing' may at first seem negative, but it is positive.  Notice the following:

  1. My parents always ask to see my homework, which is actually a good thing.
  2. It's been raining everyday, which is actually a good thing.


That's exactly what it is.

Here, we use the word 'exactly' when we strongly agree with someone.  Notice the following:

  1. That's exactly what I mean.
  2. Exactly, I agree.


I am afraid of that person teasing me.

When we 'tease' someone, that means we laugh at or make jokes about them in a funny and usually friendly way, but teasing can also be mean.  Notice the following:

  1. They teased me about my new haircut.
  2. Stop teasing me!

going down there

It's great that you're going down there.

The term ' go down there' formally means to go somewhere in a southern direction. In everyday speaking, however, 'down there' can mean anywhere.  Notice the following:

  1. He's going down there tomorrow.
  2. Lets go down there after class.