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880 Zoos
Jake and Lindsay share their feelings about zoos and circuses.

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life expectancy

They have a longer life expectancy than in the wild.

We use the term 'life expectancy' to talk about how long people usually live.  Notice the following:

  1. The Japanese have a longer life expectancy than Americans.
  2. Life expectancy has nearly doubled since the 19th century.

you got me there

OK, you got me there.

When someone disagrees with us and gives a good reason, we sometimes say 'you got me there'.  Notice the following:

  1. You got me there. I was wrong.
  2. Good point. You got me there.

see them in person

It's interesting to see them in person.

When we see someone 'in person,' that means we see them for real, not on TV or in a movie.  Notice the following:

  1. My dad's a big Eagles fan, but he's never seen them in person.
  2. He'd love to see them in person.

cruel to animals

I think they're very cruel to animals.

To be 'cruel' means to be or unkind or to cause pain for no good reason.  Notice the following:

  1. Some people think zoos are cruel to animals.
  2. I could never be cruel to animals.

close quarters

Animals should not be living in close quarters.

We use the phrase 'close quarters' to talk about living or working in a very small place with other people.  Notice the following:

  1. Soldiers often live and work in close quarters.
  2. Dorm life means living in close quarters.
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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

life expectancy

They have a longer life expectancy than in the wild.

We use the term 'life expectancy' to talk about how long people usually live.  Notice the following:

  1. The Japanese have a longer life expectancy than Americans.
  2. Life expectancy has nearly doubled since the 19th century.

you got me there

OK, you got me there.

When someone disagrees with us and gives a good reason, we sometimes say 'you got me there'.  Notice the following:

  1. You got me there. I was wrong.
  2. Good point. You got me there.

see them in person

It's interesting to see them in person.

When we see someone 'in person,' that means we see them for real, not on TV or in a movie.  Notice the following:

  1. My dad's a big Eagles fan, but he's never seen them in person.
  2. He'd love to see them in person.

cruel to animals

I think they're very cruel to animals.

To be 'cruel' means to be or unkind or to cause pain for no good reason.  Notice the following:

  1. Some people think zoos are cruel to animals.
  2. I could never be cruel to animals.

close quarters

Animals should not be living in close quarters.

We use the phrase 'close quarters' to talk about living or working in a very small place with other people.  Notice the following:

  1. Soldiers often live and work in close quarters.
  2. Dorm life means living in close quarters.