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Vocabulary Quiz
arrangements • leery • tears
squabble • come up • left behind
  1. We have had a lot of issues this year.
  2. Our two cats all the time.
  3. After working for 15 hours she was close to .
  4. She all her friends and family and moved to New York.
  5. You will have various living in the next few years.
  6. Are you about trying new food?
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

15 Roommates

JJ talks about her new living situation and how she gets along with her roommates.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

living arrangement

This is the best living arrangement I've ever had.

Your 'living arrangement' is the place that you live and the people you live with.  Notice the following:

  1. The living arrangement in the dorms is very difficult for some people.
  2. They have a very difficult living arrangement right now.

(a little bit) leery

I was a little bit leery about living with roommates, but I also didn't want to live alone.

If you feel 'leery' about doing something you are apprehensive or nervous about it.  Notice the following:

  1. She always feels a bit leery about doing new things.
  2. Are you leery about moving away?

close to tears

We were close to tears from laughing so hard on the train.

If you are 'close to tears' you are almost to the point of crying.  In the example it refers to crying from laughing so hard.  Notice the following:

  1. She was so frustrated that she was close to tears.
  2. The team was close to tears when they lost the game.

squabbles or tend to come up

The little squabbles that tend to come up seem to be solved fairly quickly.

'Squabbles' are small arguments that naturally happen when you live with someone.  If something 'tends to come up' it happens naturally to everyone once in a while.  Notice the following:

  1. Little squabbles tend to come up all the time in life.
  2. My sister and I squabble all the time.

leave (everything familiar) behind

It's what's to be expected when you leave everything familiar behind and have new experiences.

If you 'leave everything behind' in this sense you move to a place where nothing is familiar to you.  Notice the following:

  1. Would you be scared to move to a new place and leave everything you know behind?
  2. When you go to college you leave your childhood life behind.