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front row • overwhelmed • own pace
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  1. He has is own company because he likes to work at his .
  2. After losing his job and having a car accident he felt very .
  3. If you feel uncomfortable just tell me and we can leave.
  4. It is important to a good relationship with your coworkers.
  5. When you were a student did you sit in the ?
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Answer the following questions about the interview.

919 The Seat Debate
Mari and Ron debate whether it is better to sit in the front or back of the classroom.

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I always sat front-row-and-center in all of my classes.

Front-row-and-center is the best seat for students who not only want to participate, but see and hear clearly too.  Notice the following:

  1. The best students always sit front-row-and-center.
  2. The teach will notice you if you sit front-row-and-center.


Some students will be overwhelmed by the pressure.

When we are overwhelmed that means we become very emotional.  Notice the following:
  1. The workers were overwhelmed by the amount of work they needed to do.
  2. The people affected by the floods were overwhelmed by the level of support they received.

at your own pace

You can go at your own pace.

To go at your own pace means to do something at a speed that is comfortable for you.  Notice the following:

  1. I like to jog along so I can run at my own pace.
  2. One good thing about computer classes is students can learn at their own pace.

on the side

You can just ask your friend quietly on the side if you're unclear about something.

When we discuss something on the side that means we talk privately.  Notice the following:

  1. I asked the waiter on the side to suggest a good wine.
  2. In the office we often talk sports on the side.

develop a relationship

You're able to develop a relationship with a teacher.

To develop a personal or professional relationship means to become friendly.  Notice the following:

  1. It is important for companies to develop a relationship with their customers.
  2. Most teachers try to develop a relationship with their students.