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Quiz 1: Vocabulary Focus
flip over • like everybody • off to
out the door • squeeze
  1. I know you are really busy, but it would be great if you could in some time to get coffee with me.
  2. When you see the little bubbles form you know it is time to the pancake.
  3. We'll be on the way in ten minutes.
  4. Well, I'm the gym. I'll be home in two hours.
  5. She bikes to work just else.
Quiz 2: Comprehension Q's
Answer the following questions about the interview.
Mixer Topic

Mixer #25 Morning Routine

Hear six people share how they typically start the day.

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  • Vocabulary

flip ... over


I fry my toast on one side and then flip it over.

When we 'flip something' it means we turn it over quickly. You usually flip food when it is cooking. Notice the following:

  1. Flip the burger before it burns!
  2. When I cooked my first egg, I was afraid to flip it over.

like everybody else


I take a shower like everybody else.

We use the phrase 'like everybody else' to talk about things that most people do the same way.  Notice the following:

  1. I hate homework like everybody else.
  2. Like everybody else, I'd like to get a good job after graduation.

off to [work]


I eat breakfast and then off to work I go.

'Off to' a place is simply an idiom that means to go somewhere.  Notice the following:

  1. After school, I'm off to the gym.
  2. Dad's off to work by 7:30 every morning.

on [my] way out the door


I grab a quick breakfast on my way out the door.

When you are 'on your way out the door' it means that you are leaving a place. This means that Mark doesn't sit down and have a leisurely breakfast, instead he either takes it and eats it while he is traveling or he eats it very quickly before leaving.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm on my way out the door so I'll call you later.
  2. Don't forget to turn off the lights on your way out the door.



My day usually involves squeezing too many things into little time.

Here, 'squeeze' means to do something when we have very little time. When you squeeze something into your schedule it usually means that you give it less time than it deserves.  Notice the following:

  1. Busy people need to squeeze in some exercise every day.
  2. My schedule is full, but I'll try to squeeze you in this afternoon.
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