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Vocabulary Quiz
keepsake • practical • swear by
be out • glare
  1. Most textbooks are not .
  2. I will all morning, but back by lunch.
  3. I this diet. It really works.
  4. I want this book for a .
  5. The off the window hurts my eyes.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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1296 Reading Digitally

Sarah and Peter talk about making the transition from paper books to digital books.

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

keepsake

notesI really like the book and want it as a keepsake.

A keepsake is an item that helps you remember something or someone. Notice the following:

  1. She kept the necklace as a keepsake to remember her grandmother.
  2. This T-shirt is a keepsake from my trip to Hawaii.

practical

notesIt's just not practical to bring all your books with you.

Practical means useful or effective. Notice the following:

  1. It's very practical to bring a laptop computer to class.
  2. Coming late to work is not a practical way to run a business.

swear by

notesSome people swear by the Kindle.

To swear by something is to love or trust something. Notice the following:

  1. He swears by Adidas for all his sports equipment.
  2. I swear by Apple computers; I won't buy another brand.

be out

notesI use the iTouch if I'm out

When you are out, you are not at home or work. Notice the following:

  1. She is out now, but you can leave a message if you like.
  2. When I'm out, I always bring an umbrella, just in case.

glare

notesThe glare of the screen sometimes makes my eyes really tired.

A glare is a bright light or reflection of light. Notice the following:

  1. The glare of the sun made it difficult to drive.
  2. I have to wear sunglasses because the glare off of the windows.