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Vocabulary Quiz
meaning • present • in general
end up • a hassle
  1. We will probably going to his parents' house.
  2. Did you buy your sister a birthday yet?
  3. , he is a happy baby.
  4. My grandmother's watch has a very personal for me.
  5. It is really to go to the airport at that time of day.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

841 Anja's Gifts
Anja talks about the gift giving traditions of her family during the holidays.

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personal meaning

Swiss people like to give gifts that have some personal meaning.

A gift that has 'personal meaning' has special meaning for the person we are giving it to.  Notice the following:

  1. He shopped for a gift with personal meaning.
  2. It had personal meaning for me.


You wouldn't want to buy a really expensive Christmas present.

A 'present' is exactly the same as a gift.  Notice the following:

  1. It was the perfect present.
  2. The office staff exchanged inexpensive Christmas presents.

in general

How much do you spend on gifts in general for Christmas?

When we talk about something 'in general', that means we don't discuss the details or specifics.  Notice the following:

  1. In general, it sounds like a good plan.
  2. I tend to agree in general.

end up

I always end up shopping on the 24th of December.

We use the phrase 'end up' to talk about a result of an action or inaction.  Notice the following:

  1. If you eat a lot of junk food, you'll end up fat.
  2. I always end up studying all night before a test.

such a hassle

It's such a hassle to go shopping that late.

Something that is a 'hassle' is really annoying, frustrating or difficult.  Notice the following:

  1. It's such a hassle to apply for a visa.
  2. I hate registering for classes. It's such a hassle.