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  1. , where did you learn to speak French?
  2. Our company will grow by percent in the next year.
  3. Situations like these usually for the best.
  4. I didn't of what you just said.
  5. they will be on vacation that weekend.
  6. What is the language of Estonia?
  7. There are people from all over the world, but English is the language of the group.
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968 Speaking of Switzerland
Anja discusses the languages and regions of her country.

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official language

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Our country has only one official language.

A country's official language is usually the one most people speak. The official language is chosen by the government. Notice the following.

  1. The official language is English.
  2. English and French are the official languages of Canada.

work out

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It works out most of the time.

'It works out' means in the end, everything is OK. Notice the samples.

  1. It's not the best way, but it usually works out OK.
  2. My wife cooks and I clean. It works out great!

uniform language

There isn't one uniform language.

A 'uniform Language' means the language most people speak. Here are some samples.

  1. Some Canadians would prefer one uniform language.
  2. We don't really have one uniform Language.

apparently

Apparently he likes it.

We use 'apparently ' when something seems to be true but we're not sure. Notice the sample sentences.

  1. Apparently there's a problem with the software.
  2. We knocked twice, apparently he's not home.

zero point five percent

Zero point five percent of the population.

Zero point five percent looks like this: 0.5%. Notice the samples.

  1. Zero point five percent is really low. Are you sure?
  2. Less than zero point five percent own a car.

just out of curiosity

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And, just out of curiosity, is she single?

When we want to know something 'just out of curiosity', we want to know for no
special reason. Notice the following.

  1. I'd like to know just out of curiosity.
  2. Just out of curiosity, how much is it?

catch a word here or there

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If I listen carefully, I can catch a word here or there.

When we 'catch a word here or there' it means that we understand only a little of the conversation. Notice the samples

  1. I studied Spanish in high school so I can catch a word here or there.
  2. If he speaks slowly, I can catch a word here or there.
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