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can't imagine • hot, hot • gets tough
sixth sense • sensitive
  1. The first 15 miles are easy, after that it .
  2. I what he was thinking when he did that.
  3. You have to be more or this relationship will never work.
  4. The hike in the jungle was beautiful, but .
  5. I have a for knowing what you are going to say.
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898 A Woman's Life
Paul asks Katia what are the best and worst things about being a woman.

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

I can't imagine

I can't imagine what it's like to be a woman.

Here, the phrase 'can't imagine' is similar in meaning to 'guess'.  Notice the following:

  1. I can't imagine what it would be like with no internet.
  2. My ex-boyfriend called. I can't imagine what he wants.

difficult, difficult

I wouldn't say difficult, difficult.

Sometimes we repeat a word to make it stronger. 'Difficult, difficult' is similar in meaning to very difficult.  Notice the following:

  1. Learning English is difficult, difficult.
  2. It was a difficult, difficult exam.

gets tough

We need to look for the right colors, the right brand, the right price and it really gets tough.

We use the phrase 'gets tough' to talk about something that becomes difficult.  Notice the following:

  1. The last few miles of the race got tough.
  2. Marriage gets tough after you have kids.

sixth sense

Katia says her favorite thing is maybe having a sixth sense.

People who have a 'sixth sense' believe they can guess the future.  Notice the following:

  1. A sixth sense told me you would call.
  2. She has a sixth sense about people.

be more sensitive

Women have to be more sensitive to these issues I think.

To 'be more sensitive' means to be more understanding of other peoples feelings.  Notice the following:

  1. The staff need to be more sensitive to customers.
  2. My wife told me I need to be more sensitive.