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Vocabulary Quiz
really special • rust • the king of
of fact • troublesome
  1. Sometimes technology can be very .
  2. I want to do something to celebrate his 30th birthday.
  3. As a matter , I was just about to call you.
  4. There was a lot of on the car after only 5 years.
  5. He grew up being of his house, so he isn't used to compromising.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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Mixer #26 Shopping Wish List

Listen to what these six people would like to buy if they had enough money.

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do something really special

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I'd like to do something really special for her.

Here, to 'do something really special' means to do something that makes another person very happy. Notice the following:

  1. I'd like to do something special for my girlfriend's birthday.
  2. My parents are planning something really special for their anniversary.

rust

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My 1983 Suburu wagon which is full of rust.

'Rust' is the reddish brown stuff that forms on metal when we leave it outside in the rain. Notice the following:

  1. Don't leave your bicycle outside. It will rust.
  2. Most new cars have factory rust protection.

the king of

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I would basically be the king of a place.


Here, to be 'the king of' a place means to be in charge. Notice the following:

  1. If I had my own business, I'd be king of the place.
  2. John's the coolest guy in school. He's king of the place!

As a matter of fact

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As a matter of fact, today they are not working.

We use the phrase 'as a matter of fact' when we want to add some important information. Notice the following:

  1. That was a terrible movie. As a matter of fact; the worst!
  2. Elllo is a great ESL website. As a matter of fact, it's one of the best.

troublesome

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That's expensive and troublesome.

Something or someone that is 'troublesome' is a problem or causes problems. Notice the following:

  1. We fired the new employee. He was troublesome.
  2. The complex new tax rules are troublesome for our accountant.
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