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Vocabulary Quiz
pinpoint • run into • mimic
drawl • stiff-upper
  1. She has a lip.
  2. Can you it on the map for me?
  3. Don't me when I talk.
  4. I an old friend at the concert.
  5. She has a nice Texas .
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

1282 Local Accents

Spencer talks about how her accent has changed due to her location and friends.

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It's hard to pinpoint where it's from.

Pinpoint means to locate or indentify something. Notice the following:

  1. People use Google Maps to pinpoint locations.
  2. I can't pinpoint what is wrong, but something does not seem right.

run into

I was at Starbucks and ran into some friends

When you run into someone, you meet them by chance. Notice the following:

  1. I ran into my friend at the store.
  2. You won't believe who I ran into today!


I've come to mimic their accents.

When you mimic someone, you try to speak as they do, sometimes in an joking manner. Notice the following:

  1. My father always mimics me when I complain.
  2. Star Wars fans like to mimic the voice of Darth Vader.

draw out / drawl

Australians tend to kind of draw out words.

When you draw out your words, you say them longer and clear then normal. A slow accent is called a drawl. Notice the following:

  1. She has a nice Southern drawl.
  2. In movies, often directors draw out the words of actors for some movie scenes for dramatic affect.

stiff-upper lip

And the stiff- upper-lip culture.

People with a stiff-upper lift rarely show emotion, even in times of anger or excitement. Notice the following:

  1. She is known for having a stiff-upper lip.
  2. Dignified professions, like butlers, are sometimes shown to have a stiff-upper lip in movies.