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disappointed • crunch • about
conkers • collect • smashed • amused
  1. We love to flowers when we go for walks.
  2. He loves to hit with a baseball bat.
  3. Kids that are easily are good travelers.
  4. My daughter was very when I wouldn't buy her a new toy.
  5. All the crackers got when I dropped the box.
  6. He tried to scare me, but I could hear the leaves when he walked.
  7. This town is really nice.  We walked for a few hours this morning.
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463 Seasons
Ruth talks about the change in seasons.

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disappointed

When it gets to autumn, I feel slightly disappointed because I know that the weather gets colder.

You feel 'disappointed' when a situation is not what you hope or expect it to be.  Notice the following:

  1. I was very disappointed that they couldn't come to my party.
  2. My husband was very disappointed when his team lost the game.

walk about or crunch in the leaves

In autumn, when all of the leaves fall off the trees, you can walk about and crunch in the leaves.

When you 'walk about,' you move yourself around by walking to no particular location.  It is a very relaxed and casual sort of walk.  If you walk on dry, dead leaves, they make a crunching sound.  Notice the following:

  1. I just want to go outside and walk about for a while.
  2. My kids love to crunch in the leaves.

conkers or collect

I love it when conkers fall off trees and you can collect them.

A 'conker' is a type of nut that grows on trees.  When you 'collect' things, you gather them and put them in a specific place together.  Notice the following:

  1. If you cook conkers, you can eat them.
  2. Be sure to collect all the sticks before you cut the grass.

smash

We would hit our conkers with somebody else's and if yours didn't smash, then you could have one point.

'Smash' is another way to say 'crush,' 'break' or 'destroy.' Notice the following:

  1. The car got pretty smashed up in the accident.
  2. When he got back to his car, he discovered that his window had been smashed in.

amused

It's really a good game, and it kept us amused for hours.

If you are 'amused,' you are entertained or occupied.  Notice the following:

  1. I can't believe you are so amused by such a simple thing.
  2. His friends are really amusing.