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hang around • values • close knit
one banana • looking back
  1. , I don't know how you did all of that. I would have been exhausted.
  2. It is important to have the same as your boyfriend or girlfriend.
  3. We should go to the beach and on Saturday.
  4. I don't have many good friends where I live now, but my group back home is very .
  5. He doesn't really like to be the number .
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Mixer #33 Family Size

Six people discuss what they prefer, a big family or a small family.

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hang around with


There's always someone to hang around with or play with.

To 'hang around with someone' means to do things together with him. Notice the following:

  1. On weekend's I usually hang around with my friends.
  2. Living on campus is great. There are so many people to hang around with.



You learn some good values about sharing and being patient.

Our 'values' are what we believe is right and wrong, and what is important in life. Notice the following:

  1. My grandmother has very old-fashioned values.
  2. Different cultural values can sometimes lead to misunderstandings.

close knit


We're really close knit.

We use the phrase 'close knit' to talk about families or groups that are held together by love, support, good communication and often, cultural ties. Notice the following:

  1. He comes from a close knit family.
  2. My home town in California has a close knit Vietnamese community.

the number one banana


You're the number one banana.

'The number one banana' is a funny, informal idiom that means a special person. Notice the following:

  1. At your birthday party, you are the number one banana.
  2. I'm nobody special, but as a teacher, I'm the number one banana in class.

be able to look back


When your older, you'll be able to look back.

To 'look back' means to think about the past. Notice the following:

  1. After graduation, we'll be able to look back and remember the good times.
  2. Now that I have kids, I'm able to look back and appreciate the hard work of my parents.