tutorStudy Options
Test your vocabulary, listening or reading skills with the quizzes below.
Vocabulary Quiz
depict • magnate • excels
sucked • distance
  1. Our school offered a business focus.
  2. Most of his paintings animals and nature.
  3. I hate it when I get in to watching stupid movies on TV.
  4. Math is very difficult for him, but he really in science.
  5. She has a few good friends, but she keeps her from most people.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
story image

#525 High School

Tres talks about his high school in America.

  • Transcript
  • Vocabulary
Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview. Learn more here.


When one says “an American high school”, to some people maybe movies that depict high school life come to mind.

To 'depict' is to demonstrate, portray or describe something using pictures or words.  So referring to the example, the movies would show with images what life is like in a high school.  Notice the following:

  1. The painting depicted a family celebrating a birthday.
  2. Stories are never depicted as well in movies as they are in books.

magnet program

I was fortunate to go to a high school that was a public school under a magnet program.

A 'magnet program' is a program offered in a public high school which allows students to specialize in a certain area.  It is called a magnet program because it attracts students from all areas.  Notice the following:

  1. By the time she started university, she already had a lot of experience in acting because she was in a magnet program in high school.
  2. His magnet program prepared him well for business classes in university and for a good job later in life.


You have to excel academically.

To 'excel' in something is to be superior or the best in that area.  Students usually excel in particular subjects.   Notice the following:

  1. In elementary school he did poorly in math, but by middle school he excelled.
  2. She never excelled in running long distances.

suck in

The school would try to suck in, or attract students from all over the state.

If you 'suck someone in', with a story you attract her interest and attention.  'Sucking in' is attracting or bringing in.  Notice the following:

  1. She really hated the television series, but it always managed to suck her in.
  2. They got sucked in to listening to their co-worker's story.  It just didn't seem possible.


I know some schools, many teachers would want to keep that professional distance.

To keep 'distance' refers to maintaining physical and emotional space or personal boundaries.  Notice the following:

  1. When she meets new people, she always keeps her distance at first.
  2. He went on vacation to distance himself from his problems.


More Elllo English Sites
English Speaking
TOEIC Practice
Grammar Lessons
English Vocabulary MP3
Vocabulary Set A
1000 words - $9.95
Vocabulary Set B
1000 words - $9.95
Combo Set A + B
2000 words - $14.95
Other Languages by Elllo
Learn Spanish
Learn Japanese
Learn Thai
Follow Us
facebook facebook facebook