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Maria talks about what she would consider changing about her personality.

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


I would like to be more studious for school.

If you are 'studious,' you are very serious about your studies. Notice the following:

  1. Both of his sisters are very studious, but he has never liked school.
  2. She has always been a fast learner and very studious.

a struggle to get through

It's a struggle to get through.

You 'struggle to get through' something when it is difficult for you. Notice the following:

  1. The end of that book is a real struggle to get through.
  2. People say that the last five miles of a marathon are a struggle to get through.


People seemed to like an open-attitude.

When you have an 'open-attitude,' you are approachable to people and they feel comfortable around you. Notice the following:

  1. He makes you feel comfortable right away because of his open-attitude.
  2. One of the reasons that she is a good employee is her open-attitude.

to be open

Being so open has caused you problems.

You are 'open' with others when you are willing to talk to them about your life and maybe your problems.  We can also use this to mean friendly. Notice the following:

  1. It's important to try to be open when you are meeting new people.
  2. She is a really open person, so she has many friends.

pick up

I pick up the phone and he said hi.

To 'pick up' the phone means to answer it. Notice the following:

  1. He usually picks up his phone after two rings.
  2. Can you please pick up the phone? I don't like the sound of it ringing.