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crashed • slick • come across
outskirts • time to time
  1. Do you a lot of wild animals?
  2. The market here a few months ago.
  3. I still see her from .
  4. Is life in the city pretty ?
  5. We have a lot more space now that we live in the city .
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10 Africa Life
Leath is from Africa. He talks about life around his city in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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economy has crashed

Today, Zimbabwe is not doing too well, because the economy has crashed.

If an economy 'crashes' it reaches a very low productivity or income.  It is a bad time for employers, employees and investors.  Notice the following:

  1. Has the economy ever crashed in Japan?
  2. After the economy crashed many people had problems with money.


Growing up in Zimbabwe is really slick, "lecker" as we say there.

If something is 'slick' it is really cool or fun.  Notice the following:

  1. Your new clothes are really slick.
  2. The hotel was pretty slick.

come across

Just about an hour's drive from any city, you're liable to come across just about anything.

To 'come across' something is to see it without looking for it or by chance.  Notice the following:

  1. Did you come across my jacket in the basement?
  2. We came across tons of fruit trees.

city outskirts

You can see monkeys along the road, right up to the city outskirts.

The 'city outskirts' are the areas at the edge of the city when you are almost in the suburbs or the country.  Notice the following:

  1. There is a lot more space around the city outskirts.
  2. How far is it from your apartment to the city outskirts?

from time to time

These animals do take people from time to time.

'From time to time' is another way to say once in a while. Notice the following:

  1. Do you take a vacation from time to time?
  2. We eat in restaurants from time to time.