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Quiz 1: Vocabulary Focus
run on time • fleet • diverse
overrated • cosmopolitan
  1. She thinks that she is very , but she really has no experience with people from different countries.
  2. The restaurant owns a of motorcycles for deliveries.
  3. The group of students in our class is . There are people from different countries and of all ages.
  4. Sometimes it feels like no flights .
  5. I think a lot of the expensive restaurants around here are .
Quiz 2: Comprehension Q's
Answer the following questions about the interview.
Mixer Topic

MX45 Bad Things about Home

Find out the what is bad about each person's hometown.

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run on time

The buses don't run on time.

Kinds of transportation that 'run on time' such as buses, and  trains, depart and arrive at the scheduled hour.  They are not late.  Notice the following:

  1. The trains in Tokyo always run on time.
  2. In my city, buses rarely run on time and often have no timetable.


The bus fleet is fairly old.

A 'fleet' is a group of some kind of transportation; for example, buses, ships or airplanes.  Notice the following:

  1. The city will replace it's aging fleet of buses by the end of the year.
  2. The seaside village was home to a small fishing fleet.


I wish my city were a little more diverse.

A city is 'diverse' if there are people from different countries, social, economic and religious backgrounds living there.  Notice the following:

  1. America is a culturally diverse country.
  2. I've got diverse musical tastes. I download rock, pop, jazz, classical, just about everything. 


The people of Vancouver overrate the city.

To 'overrate' someone or something means to have a higher opinion than we should.  Notice the following:

  1. Many companies overrate the importance of English skills.
  2. I think people overrate traveling. I love to relax at home.


It's probably not the most cosmopolitan city on earth.

A 'cosmopolitan' city is diverse and modern.  Notice the following:

  1. Hong Kong is probably the most cosmopolitan city in China.
  2. My home town is small and not very cosmopolitan.
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