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Vocabulary Quiz
waste • serials • crime scene
soap operas • sitcoms
  1. I think Seinfeld was one of the best of all time. It really made me laugh.
  2. Most of the television I watch is investigation.
  3. I try not to my time in front of the television, but some days I just need to relax a little.
  4. Many of the that are on television have a strong following.
  5. are mostly intended for women.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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Mixer #70 How much TV do you watch?

Listen to six people talk about their TV watching habits.

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  • Vocabulary

waste of time


I think it's just a waste of time.

We waste time when we spend it doing things that are not useful or of benefit to us now or in the future.  Notice the following:

  1. Playing computer games is a waste of time.
  2. I think Facebook is a big waste of time.



I like all these Indian serials.

Here, a serial is a TV show that is a continuous story broadcast in many parts.  Notice the following:

  1. I enjoy TV serials.
  2. TV serials are the same in every country.

crime scene


My favorite crime scene investigation.

A crime scene is the place where a crime, usually a murder, occured.  Notice the following:

  1. Dad's's a big fan of crime scene serials.
  2. The police secured the crime scene.

soap operas


I watch a lot of soap operas.

Soap Operas are much the same as serials described above.  The term 'soap opera' however, is an American phrase.  They are usually on TV during the day.  Notice the following:

  1. Mom's busy watching her favorite soap opera.
  2. For me, soap operas are really boring.



I also like sitcoms.

The word sitcom means situation comedy.  It is used to describe comedy TV programs.  Notice the following:

  1. What's your favorite sitcom?
  2. There are a lot of funny sitcoms out now.