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Vocabulary Quiz
bunch of • teased • my mind
drastically • picks up
  1. He languages more easily than most people.
  2. She changes her hair color from one month to the next. Sometimes I don't even recognize her.
  3. After I make a decision I don't usually change .
  4. My uncles always me when I was growing up, but it was to show that they loved me.
  5. We don't have to go to a restaurant. There are a things to eat in the refrigerator.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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Mixer #71 School Subjects

Listen to six people talk about what subjects they liked in school.

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a bunch of

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I had a bunch of subjects.

'A bunch of' means a large number or quantity.  Notice the following:

  1. I've got a bunch of homework to do tonight.
  2. We had a bunch of friends over for a party on Saturday.

tease

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My friends would even tease me.

When we tease somebody, we make jokes about them in a friendly or unkind way.  Notice the following:

  1. Stop teasing me!
  2. We teased Lisa about her new hairstyle.

changed my mind

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I changed my mind.

When we change our mind, that means we do something in a different way than planned.  Notice the following:

  1. I've changed my mind.  Let's stay home tonight.
  2. Have you changed your mind?

drastically

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It changed quite drastically.

We use the word drastically to talk about serious action or change.  Notice the following:

  1. We need to drastically reduce spending.
  2. The level of pollution has increased drastically.

pick up

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I could pick up the programs very easily.

Here, to pick something up means to learn it.  Notice the following:

  1. I easily pick up new things.
  2. He picked up the new software in a day.