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himself • overjoyed • contact
brass • get on
  1. That's so great that you're pregnant. You must be .
  2. He prefers to go running by, instead of with his wife.
  3. Do you alright with your housemates?
  4. He played the trumpet in the band all through high school.
  5. In the past, people kept in through letters.
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#518 Exchange Host

Kate talk about hosting exchange students.

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by herself

It was quite difficult for her to come to another country by herself.

If a woman is "by herself," then she is alone or with people she doesn't know.  Notice the following:

  1. She went to the cinema by herself.
  2. He likes to go for walks by himself when he is stressed.


She was just so happy and overjoyed.

"Overjoyed" is excessively pleased or excited.  You feel overjoyed if you get the job you have always wanted.  Notice the following:

  1. She sounded overjoyed when she told me she was getting married.
  2. They were overjoyed when they won the lottery.

keep in contact

We still keep in contact.

If you "keep in contact," you continue communication with a person using a telephone, email or letters.  Notice the following:

  1. She was my friend in university, but we didn't keep in contact after that.
  2. It is much easier to keep in contact with friends now that we can use the internet.

brass band

She was in a band, a brass band, an orchestra.

The "brass band" is the part of a musical band with brass instruments such as the tuba, trombone, trumpet or french horn.  Notice the following:

  1. There was a brass band in the parade today.
  2. She was a member of the brass band in high school and played the trumpet.

get on

But we still got on very well.

If you have a good relationship with someone, then you "get on" well with him.  Notice the following:

  1. I think you will get on well with my friend Grace.  She loves to laugh too.
  2. Do you get on well with your mother-in-law?


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