55 Ghosts


Six people discuss if they believe in ghosts and why or why not.

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Adrienne, The United States
speakerDo I believe in ghosts? Yes, I think I do. I struggle with it, but I actually think I lived with one time. There were a lot of really strange events happening in this house where I lived and my roommates and I were convinced that we had a ghost in the house. It was hard to think about but yeah, I think I do believe in ghosts.

Barbara, Australia
speakerDo I believe in ghosts? In a word, no! I don't. I believe that there are many things which people don't understand and things that perhaps can't be explained by science – yet – but, no, I don't believe in ghosts.

Conrad, The United States
speakerDo I believe in ghosts? Absolutely not! I'm kind of the type of person that only believes in things that I can see or that can be proven and until I see a ghost, I won't believe in them. Of course there might be Casper the friendly ghost, but I don't believe in ghosts as a scary being or anything like that.

Phil, England
speakerDo I believe in ghosts? To be honest I don't believe in ghosts. Maybe it's my imagination or lack of imagination or, why, but I just don't believe in ghosts. However when I go to the movies and watch a ghost movie, sometimes I do get very scared by them.

Simone, Sweden
speakerDo I believe in ghosts? Well, I have seen ghosts. I saw my grandfather once when he was dead, but I don't believe them. I think it was my own mind who conjured the image, so, no, I don't.

Simon, Canada
speakerDo I believe in ghosts? No way. Yeah, that there's some supernatural beings that are floating everywhere and scaring everybody, I don't think so. Yeah, some members of my family believe in ghosts, and I always have to laugh at them. Come on. There's not such thing as ghosts.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!

struggle with

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I struggle with it.

We struggle with something that is difficult for us.  Notice the following:

  1. I struggle with English grammar.
  2. He struggled with math in high school.

at one time

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I lived with one at one time.

'At one time' means a time in the past. Notice the following:

  1. I tried working in sales at one time, but didn't like it.
  2. I had a dog at one time.

hard to think about

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It was hard to think about.

Something that is hard to think about is sad or uncomfortable. Notice the following:

  1. It's hard to think about losing my job.
  2. The damage from the quake is hard to think about.

conjured

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My mind conjured the image.

When we conjure something (up), that means we form a picture or an idea in our mind. Notice the following:

  1. The smell of sun block conjures up images of summers at the beach.
  2. Samba conjures up thoughts of Carnival in Brazil.

supernatural

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There's supernatural beings everywhere.

Something that is supernatural can't be explained by science or logic.  Notice the following:

  1. I don't believe in the supernatural.
  2. Should we study the supernatural at school?
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
struggled • at one time • think about
conjures • supernatural
  1. It's hard to children who have no homes.
  2. This song up images of the beach.
  3. His whole family believes in the .
  4. She has with her weight since she was a child.
  5. I was working in four different places at the same time. I was always tired.