71 School Subjects

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

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Arienne, Norway
speakerIn school, when I was younger, I had a bunch of subjects, but my favorite subjects were maybe language subjects and math. I like numbers and I like learning languages. The subject I was not very good in was history and geography, basically just because I didn't like them very much.

Lupe, Mexico / United States
speakerMy favorite school subject was always English. I loved to read and write so I used to really like getting to do essay assignments because I could write on for hours. You know my friends would even tease me that I would put my head down and there I went to write and write and write. I can write all the time and I love reading new books. When I finish one I already have the next one all set. The one thing I didn't like about the English class was that we had to do book reports. I really didn't like book reports because most of the time I ended up reading a book I was assigned and didn't really like therefore it wasn't an enjoyable assignment.

Fred, Canada
speakerOK, my favorite subjects in school. Well, when I was in high school, I loved physics and math and chemistry but then I changed my mind quite drastically I became to love topics such as humanities, psychology, philosophy and subjects like those. The subjects that I hated the most were probably French language subjects, English language subjects, anything that dealt with language, I did not like at all.

Jeff, Canada
speakerMy favorite subject: my favorite subject is geography and I remember one year, I had a geography teacher named Mr.Hall and he was a great big tall man with a long grey beard and a great big belly and he looked like Santa Claus and it was lots of fun always learning about the world and the cities and the countries from Mr. Hall, so geography's my favorite subject.

Shibika, India
speakerMy favorite subject would be biology, you know, because I have a lot of interest in the human body and I like to study, yeah, about it. It's really interesting. And my grades were always high in biology so.

Rebecca, Australia
speakerThe subjects I was good at school was the physical education, which I loved because we played a lot of sports all the time. I was also good at computers. I could pick up the programs very easily. The one subject that I was not good at was English which is funnily enough. I am an English speaker.

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a bunch of


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.



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


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?



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


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.
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Complete the sentences with the words below.
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.