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Quiz 1: Vocabulary Focus
introverted • to a head • welfare
opposite • believes in
  1. She really karma.
  2. He's very , so sometimes it's difficult to know what he's thinking.
  3. He talked a lot about all the changes he was going to make when he was in charge, but now he's moving in the direction.
  4. She is so concerned about the of others that she sometimes forgets to take care of herself.
  5. I think all of this will come when people figure out that he's lying.
Quiz 2: Comprehension Q's
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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Mixer #29 The World - Better or Worse

Six people answer the following question: Is the world becoming a better place to live?

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introverted

We're more introverted and inward looking.

Someone who is 'introverted' is quiet, shy and usually has difficulty making friends.  Notice the following:

  1. I was very introverted in high school.
  2. Asian kids seem more introverted than Western kids.

come to a head

Maybe things will come to a head.

We use the phrase 'come to a head' to talk about something that has become such a serious problem that needs to be taken care of immediately.  Notice the following:

  1. Global economic issues came to a head in 2008.
  2. Khalil's classroom behavior came to a head so the teacher removed him from class.

welfare

People aren't concerned about other people's welfare.

Here, 'welfare' means the health and happiness of other people.  Notice the following:

  1. Politicians need to be more concerned about people's welfare and less with their own.
  2. Many NGO's are fighting hard for the welfare of immigrants.

the opposite direction

I think we're going in the opposite direction.

When we go in the 'opposite direction' it means that we are moving in a completely different way than we have in the past or should be now.  Notice the following:

  1. The world should be more peaceful, but it looks like we are moving in the opposite direction.
  2. Some countries are refusing to reduce output of greenhouse gases and are actually moving in the opposite direction.

believe in

Giving money to the poor is something they believe in.

When we 'believe in' something, that means support it and we think it is good.  Notice the following:

  1. I believe in tolerance of religious and cultural differences.
  2. To succeed in life, you must first believe in yourself.
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