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  1. How can you teach English if you don't speak a of Japanese.
  2. I think he mind if we just went out for pizza tonight.
  3. He really watching sports on television.
  4. Having conversations with him is frustrating, because he never lets me speak .
  5. I think, in some , it was good that you didn't get into that university.
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1189 Learning Language

Peter and Jana discuss what helped them learn foreign languages.

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

in some ways

I think she inspired me in some ways because her English was so good.

You can use the open phrase 'in some ways' when you don't want to give a full description of your reasons, but you want the listener to know that it was part of your motivation. Notice the following:

  1. It's good, in some ways, for children to spend a lot of time with their friends.
  2. In some ways I didn't like her, and in other ways she was the best teacher I ever had.

wouldn't mind

I wouldn't mind being able to be as good as her.

If there is something you 'wouldn't mind' to do or be, it is something you are okay with or you would like to have happen. Notice the following:

  1. She says she wouldn't mind being a bit shorter.
  2. I wouldn't mind seeing a movie tonight.

get into

I felt so angry that I couldn't get into the story.

You 'get into' a story when you are interested in it and focused on what is happening. Notice the following:

  1. I don't know how people can get into celebrity gossip so much.
  2. Everyone says that this book is amazing, but I just can't get into it.

not a word of

My friends couldn't speak a word of Afrikaans.

When you don't speak 'a word of' a language, it means that you do not know it at all. Notice the following:

  1. They didn't speak a word of each other's languages when they first met.
  2. I didn't know a word of Vietnamese when I arrived.

speak my mind

I was able to speak my mind in a way they could understand.

When you directly state your opinion, you are 'speaking your mind.' Notice the following:

  1. He comes from a place where people are not encouraged to speak their minds.
  2. Some people get offended that she speaks her mind so much.