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offended • bad apples • funny
that is odd • urban legend
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  2. That's that you liked that movie. So do I.
  3. Don't you think that Bob left without saying goodbye?
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Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

1011 Italian Italian

Yuri talks about meeting other people of Italian decent around the world and his thoughs on things Italian.

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


imageSo, you’re not offended?

To make someone feel bad, angry, or upset. Another way to say offended is insulted. Notice the following examples:

  1. He was offended by the racist language they were using.
  2. You have to be careful what you say around her, she gets offended easily.

bad apples

imageSome “bad apples” also arrived there that make a very good business.

A “bad apple” is a person who is not honest and does bad things. Here are some examples:

  1. He was sweet when he was a kid, but he really turned into a bad apple.
  2. Except for a couple of bad apples, there are great kids at this school.


imageIt was funny because when I was at parties they didn’t realize I was a real Italian.

Funny is sometimes confused with fun. Funny is “haha”. Fun is when something is enjoyable. For example, comedians are funny, but playing basketball is fun. Notice the following examples:

  1. If you meet my brother you’ll be laughing the whole time. He is really funny.
  2. If you have never been skiing, you should try it. It is so much fun!

That’s odd

imageAnd I said, “Hmm, that’s odd.”

When something is odd, it means that something is not normal. Another way to say odd is “strange” or “unusual”. Study the following examples:

  1. It is odd how cold it has been this summer.
  2. How odd that Steven hasn’t come yet. He is usually the first one here.

urban legend

imageSo it’s a kind of urban legend or something like that.

An urban legend is a mysterious story that many people know and believe, but it is usually not a true story. Here are some examples:

  1. The story of the Loch Ness Monster in a lake in Scotland is an urban legend.
  2. It is interesting how quickly urban legends can spread, even when they aren’t true.