354 High School

Cat shares her thoughts about high school.

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Todd: OK. Cat, we're going to talk about high school.

Cat: OK.

Todd: Ah, tell me about high school. Did you like high school?

Cat: I did after I was about 14 or 15 years old, when we could chose our subjects.

Todd: Uh-huh.

Cat: I started to enjoy it more then.

Todd: OK. What subjects did you chose?

Cat: When I did A-levels, which is the exam from 16 to 18, I studied psychology, English literature, and business studies.

Todd: Wow. Of those subjects, what was your favorite?

Cat: Probably psychology.

Todd: Psychology.

Cat: Mm!

Todd: OK. Do you still study psychology?

Cat: No, I did at university, but since I left university I haven't really studied anything.

Todd: OK. What was your best memory about high school?

Cat: My best memory! Leaving.

Todd: Yeah. OK. Ah, what was your worst memory?

Cat: The exams. At my A-levels I took about 24 hours of exams.

Todd: Wow!

Cat: In a space of a couple of weeks. It was a nightmare.

Todd: Yeah. That sounds like it. Wow, that's terrible. OK. Thanks.

Cat: No problem.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson


When we could choose our subjects.

A 'subject' is the topic that you are learning at school or college. Math and science are examples of subjects.

Notice the following:

  1. We do lots of different subjects.
  2. Next year I can choose what subjects I can learn.

business studies

I studied psychology, English literature, and business studies.

'Business studies' is a subject in school or college that teaches how the world of business works.

Notice the following:

  1. I would like to study business studies when I go to university.
  2. I think he takes business studies in his spare time.


My best memory! Leaving.

When you 'leave' somewhere it means that you go away from it.

Notice the following:

  1. I am not leaving yet. I am staying for another hour or so.
  2. I am leaving next year to go backpacking.


In a space of a couple of weeks.

In this case, 'space' refers to the period of time between two things. It can also talk about distance between two things.

Notice the following:

  1. I will see if I have enough space in my diary to fit you in that week.
  2. We can space it out over the next few weeks if you would prefer.


It was a nightmare.

When something is a 'nightmare' it means that it is not going well or is a complete disaster.

Notice the following:

  1. The whole day was a nightmare.
  2. My work schedule is a nightmare at the moment. I am very busy.


Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
subject • business • leaving
space • nightmare
  1. The presentation was a because my computer was having problems.
  2. Art was always his favorite .
  3. We passed three car accidents in the of about 10 miles.
  4. I started out with studies, but switched and studied sociology.
  5. What time are you for the party?