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pretty soon • -week course • qualify
trained • be around
  1. She is taking a five in Spanish this summer.
  2. What do you need to for the program?
  3. Have you ever been to use these machines?
  4. They can't each other without fighting.
  5. He just went to the store, so he'll be back .
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Lois talks about her future plans in teaching.

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pretty soon

The 30th of July is coming up pretty soon.

If something will happen 'pretty soon' it will happen in the near future. Notice the following:

  1. He should be home from work pretty soon.
  2. There is a holiday coming up pretty soon.

one-year course

I have to do a one-year course to qualify as a primary school teacher.

A 'one-year course' is a class that lasts for one year. We use a number and '-year' to show how long something is. Notice the following:

  1. That area of study is a five-year program.
  2. They offer a one-year graduate course.


A one-year course would qualify me as a primary school teacher.

Used like this 'qualify' is like 'provide me with the proper skills or credentials.' Notice the following:

  1. I don't think he'll qualify for a scholarship.
  2. What do I have to do to qualify for this job?


I will be trained to teach five to eleven-year-old kids.

If someone 'trains' you to do something they teach you how to do it and then test your skills.  Notice the following:

  1. The first couple of days will be training on the machines and then we will start making jewelry.
  2. Today they trained me on how to do inventory at work.

be around

I enjoy talking to people and being around children.

To 'be around' children means to spend time or interact with them. Notice the following:

  1. I don't want to be around people when I'm sick.
  2. It is hard for her to be around a lot of new people.