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realistic • do good • common theme
egotistical • difference
  1. I see a in the students' comments about their teachers.
  2. She gave me a appraisal of my chances.
  3. A teacher must realize she has the power to in a child's life.
  4. At his age, I'm surprised that he's still so .
  5. My goal is to make a in other people's lives.
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1117 Her Dreams

Lindsay talks about what she wanted to be at various stages of her life.

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When I was ten years old I wasn't very realistic.

When we are realistic, that means we make decisions based on facts and not unlikely hopes and dreams. Notice the following:

  1. I'm trying to be realistic about my chances.
  2. As a manager, he needs to be realistic.

the power to do good

She has the powers to do good and to help everyone.

When we have the power to do good, that means we have the power to cause positive change. Notice the following:

  1. Politicians have the power to do good, but rarely do.
  2. I truly believe the power to do good is in all of us.

common theme

I guess you can see the common theme here.

Here, a common theme means things that are somehow connected. Notice the following:

  1. The stories have a common theme.
  2. Yeah, I can see a common theme.


When I was twenty, I was quite egotistical.

Someone who is egotistical thinks they are better and more important than others. Notice the following:

  1. He's an egotistical person.
  2. Stop being so egotistical!

make a difference

I really enjoy the idea of making a difference in people's lives

The idea of making a difference means to help others reach their goals in life. Notice the following:

  1. We all have a teacher who's made a difference in our life.
  2. Making a positive difference in someone's life is good feeling.