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Vocabulary Quiz
as for myself • real you • his roots
in '95 • small things
  1. He tried to change, but in the end he came back to .
  2. Let everyone see the because you are pretty great.
  3. She is good at remembering the about everybody.
  4. This song was produced .
  5. , I don't really understand why everyone likes him so much.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

854 Island Home
Ivan talks about his favorite island in his home country of Indonesia.

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as for myself


As for myself, it's where I was born.

We use the phrase 'as for myself' to express an opinion.  Notice the following:

  1. As for myself, I don't like the idea.
  2. French food is famous, but as for myself, I prefer Thai.

the real you


You get to know the real you.

The 'real you' is how we act when we are not trying to impress other people. It's just being yourself.  Notice the following:

  1. Show me the real you.
  2. I can't be the real me at work.

my roots


These are my roots.

We use the word 'roots' to talk about a connection we feel with a place because we were born there.  Notice the following:

  1. I've got small town roots.
  2. He's American, but his cultural roots are Chinese.

in '95


The last time I went was in '95.

'In '95' is simply a short way to talk about the year 1995.  Notice the following:

  1. I was born in '91.
  2. They played here in 2008 and '10.

the small things


He still remembers the small things.

The phrase 'small things' can mean details or things that don't seem important.  Notice the following:

  1. It's sometimes the small things that are important.
  2. Don't worry about the small things.