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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.
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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


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.