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hostel • too good • shame
routine • definition
  1. It will take you a few weeks after classes start to get into a .
  2. Can you recommend a nice, inexpensive around here?
  3. This vacation has been to be true.
  4. It's a that you're sick on your birthday. I hope you feel better.
  5. Coffee and a good book are my of a great morning.
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1250 Childhood Memory

Daniel talks about some fond memories of growing up in the country in Chile.

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hostel

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I used to go to my great-grandmother's house in the countryside, and she had a hostel.

A 'hostel' is an inexpensive and basic place to stay when you are traveling. Notice the following:

  1. I've stayed in the hostel down the road before, and it's really nice.
  2. Do you know of a good hostel near here?

too good to be true

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Going to the beach every day and having amazing food; it was too good to be true.

When a situation is 'too good to be true,' it is either fantastic or so good that it can't possibly be the truth. Notice the following:

  1. I think her boyfriend is a little too good to be true.
  2. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.

it's a shame

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Lately I couldn't go anymore, so it's a shame.

You can say 'it's a shame' if you are sad or disappointed about something. Notice the following:

  1. It's a shame that you didn't get tickets to the concert.
  2. It's a shame that you couldn't make it to the party last night. It was a good time.

routine

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Since I was playing every day, it didn't feel like a routine.

Your 'routine' is like your schedule that you do most of the time. Notice the following:

  1. What is your exercise routine?
  2. It will probably take you a while to adjust to the schedule and get into a routine.

my definition of

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I mean food and friends, definitely my definition of having fun.

You can use the phrase 'my definition of' to show what a particular phrase means to you. Notice the following:

  1. What is your definition of spicy food?
  2. Dinner and a long walk is my definition of a perfect date.
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