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unknown • apparatus • relate
get past • getting worse • brought back
  1. His cough just keeps .  He needs to see a doctor.
  2. I can to your feeling of disappointment.
  3. He was just too old and couldn't be after a heart attack like that.
  4. He has an that he uses to help him walk.
  5. It can be scary when you first leave your parents' house and go out into the .
  6. I just can't the fact that you lied to me.
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876 Reef World
Rebecca talks about the Great Barrier Reef and her thoughts about scuba diving.

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

the unknown

It's the unknown under the water.

We use the phrase 'the unknown' to talk about an experience we have never had and maybe are a little scared to try.  Notice the following:

  1. Most people a a little afraid of the unknown.
  2. For me, underwater is an unknown world.

breathing apparatus

It's having this breathing apparatus.

The word 'apparatus' means machine. It can be high-tech or very simple.  Notice the following:

  1. Some hospital patients require a breathing apparatus.
  2. Seats on passenger planes are equipped with an emergency breathing apparatus.

I can relate

I can relate because I'm a diver.

We say 'I can relate' when we understand someone's feelings, usually because we have had the same experience.  Notice the following:

  1. I can relate to that.
  2. He can relate well with his students.

I just can't get past

I just can't get past going underwater.

When we 'can't get past' something , that means we are blocked from doing something because of it. Usually we use this phrase when the problem is in our mind.  Notice the following:

  1. I can't get past the fish sauce.
  2. He can't get past his fear of flying.

it's getting worse and worse

I think and it's getting worse and worse.

We use the phrase 'getting worse and worse' to talk about a problem that is slowly increasing.  Notice the following:

  1. Pollution is getting worse and worse.
  2. Jack's grades are getting worse and worse.

brought back

It just dies and can't be brought back.

Here, 'bring back' means to repair something that is old, lost or damaged.  Notice the following:

  1. The old house couldn't be brought back.
  2. It was too damaged to be brought back.