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Quiz 1: Vocabulary Focus
flush • by and large • footage
beehive • plus
  1. We have to cut 10 hours of down into a 2 hour documentary.
  2. In some places in the world you have to the toilet by pouring water down it.
  3. This bar is really loud, it's smoky. I want to go home.
  4. it was the best vacation ever.
  5. Amy Winehouse was famous for her hairstyle.
Quiz 2: Comprehension Q's
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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Mixer #19 Travel Wish List

Find out what countries these six people would like to visit.

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flush

Water flushes in reverse in New Zealand.

Here, the speaker is talking about the water in a western style toilet.  'Flush' is an action verb that describes what happens when old toilet water empties and new water comes in.  Notice the following:

  1. In Singapore, it's a crime not to flush in a public toilet.
  2. The modern flush toilet developed over many centuries.

by and large

By and large, New Zealand looks like the most interesting place to visit.

The phrase 'by and large' is similar in meaning to 'mostly' or 'in general'. Notice the following:

  1. By and large, Asian consumers  prefer smaller cars.
  2. Thailand is by and large a Buddhist country.

footage

There’s a lot of footage of Vietnam.

'Footage' is a word we use to talk about the length of the movie or of particular scenes in a movie.  In a travel movie for example, a lot of footage of Vietnam would mean there are many scenes about Vietnam.  Notice the following:

  1. The war movie contained a lot of violent footage.
  2. I'm an architect, so my vacation video has a lot of footage of old buildings.

beehive haircuts

She has beehive haircuts mixed with hip hop gear.

A 'beehive' is a hairstyle that women wore in the 1960's. It had the same shape as a large beehive.  Here, Simon is impressed by how an old hairstyle and modern hip hop can mix so easily.  Notice the following:

  1. My grandmother still wears a beehive.
  2. I love cartoon mom Marge Simpson's big blue beehive.

plus

It’s really cool, plus the architecture.

Here, 'plus' is similar in usage to the conjunction 'and'. Plus can be used when you are talking about a list of things or when you want to add additional important information about something. Notice the following:

  1. I love to go hiking.  It's outside, I can listen to my mp3 player, plus it’s exercise!
  2. The meal was delicious, plus we got to eat right next to the ocean.
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