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raises • bound to • embarrassing
pestering • turn her head
  1. My daughter keeps me to go to the fair.
  2. My little baby is just learning to when she wants to.
  3. She chickens and goats on her farm.
  4. It was when he ripped his pants.
  5. He drives fast all the time and is get a speeding ticket someday.
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218 Toronto
Shawn talks about his city back in Canada.

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

raise (a family)

I feel Toronto is a great place to raise your family.

When you 'raise a family' you have kids and support them as they grow from children to adults.  To 'raise' in general means to take care of something and help it grow. Notice the following:

  1. She raised her son alone.
  2. He moved to the suburbs to raise his family.

bound to

Every time you go downtown, you're bound to bump into a homeless person.

If you are 'bound to' do something it is very possible that it will happen. Notice the following:

  1. He is bound to call you when he gets back from his trip.
  2. You are bound to make a mistake once in a while.


Compared to New York City, it's pretty embarrassing to have this problem.

If something is 'embarrassing' it makes you feel embarrassed.  We feel embarrassed when we make a mistake or when people laugh at us.  Usually when we are embarrassed our face turns red and feels hot. Notice the following:

  1. It is really embarrassing to run out of gas on the highway.
  2. High school was full of embarrassing moments for me.


It can be unsafe to be around these people, because they'd pester you.

When someone talks to you or bothers you when they know you are not interested they are pestering you. Notice the following:

  1. Salespeople can't pester us as easily now that we have caller ID.
  2. The kids keep pestering me to buy gum from them.

turn (your) head

You'd constantly be turning your head for all the good-looking girls.

When you 'turn your head' you rotate it from one side to the other to see in different directions. Notice the following:

  1. My neck hurts from turning my head to see out the bus window.
  2. The dog turned his head to watch the bird.