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private • sense • instinct
socializing • communal
  1. The hardest part to get used to in the dormitory was the bathroom.
  2. I would probably get more work done at the library if I didn't spend so much time .
  3. University is a great place to create a real of self.
  4. My first is that you should go even if you don't want to.
  5. The bathroom in that store is , not public.
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378 Dorm Life
Miki talks about living in the dorms.

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There were so many of us packed into such a small space that one did not get a sense of privacy at all.

When something is 'private' it means that it is not made public or common knowledge and only certain people are allowed access to it.

Notice the following:

  1. We are not allowed to walk on there as it is private property.
  2. She is a very private person.

sense of self

If you grow up with your own room, if you grow up with your own sense of self.

To have a 'sense of self' means that you know your own mind and personality very well. You understand yourself and know who you are.

Notice the following:

  1. She has a very good sense of self and she will not let others influence her.
  2. I grew up in a very large family, so I did not really get a sense of self until I was a lot older.


You have personal space that you define just instinctively.

Your 'instinct' is a natural sense that you have. It a way that you will act without having to think about it.

Notice the following:

  1. I think in life you have to just follow your instincts sometimes.
  2. Animals act on their instincts a lot of the time.


And what would students do for fun? for socializing?

When you 'socialize' it means that you meet and interact with other people on an informal level.

Notice the following:

  1. The best way to meet new friends is just to get out there and socialize.
  2. I think I would say that socializing is one of my main hobbies.


Once you move into a communal area, if you're there with your friend, then I don't think a whole lot of studying goes on.

When something is 'communal' it means that it is shared by lots of people.

Notice the following:

  1. We all share a communal kitchen and lounge.
  2. I never liked doing sport at school because I did not like using the communal changing rooms.