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lovingly • NGO • poverty
convince • unskilled
  1. There is a lot of housing in India.
  2. You can't her to do something she doesn't want to do.  That girl is stubborn.
  3. We called that old dog Smelly.
  4. He has had a number of jobs in the last 7 years.
  5. She has been working for a development for a few years now.
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890 Habitat for Humanity
MB talks with Matthew about working with Habitat for Humanity.

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we lovingly call

I'm interviewing Mary Birch-Harmon, who we lovingly call MB.

We 'lovingly call' someone by a cute nickname.  Notice the following:

  1. Our team captain is over 200 cm tall. We lovingly call him shorty.
  2. We lovingly call our aunt Beatrice, Bee.


Habitat For Humanity is an NGO that's based out of America.

An 'NGO' is an organization not connected to a government. NGOs help people, protect the environment and generally work for positive change in the world.  Notice the following:

  1. Greenpeace is probably the most famous NGO.
  2. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is the highest rated NGO.

poverty housing

It's committed to stopping poverty housing.

'Poverty housing' can be found in poor areas. The houses are often made from discarded materials and generally not safe.  Notice the following:

  1. Poverty housing is a big problem in poor counties.
  2. In some places in America, poverty housing remains a problem.

convince students to go

How do you convince students to go?

We 'convince' somebody to do something by giving them reasons why it is a good thing.  Notice the following:

  1. It was difficult to convince my students to go to the listening lab after school.
  2. His job is to convince students to go abroad with his company's study program.

unskilled laborer

I'm an unskilled laborer.

An unskilled laborer has no training or special skills and usually does hard physical work.  Notice the following:

  1. Unskilled laborers are usually not well paid.
  2. It's becoming more difficult for unskilled laborers to find work.