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nothing • the way • bothers
sacrifices • sober
  1. It me that he doesn't look me in the eye when he talks.
  2. As a parent, you will make many for your children.
  3. It felt like everything is getting in of my plan to work out today.
  4. He has an all or personality. Either he sits around and does nothing, or he so busy he doesn't sleep.
  5. I prefer to go to concerts when I'm , because then I can remember everything.
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567 Drinking

Al talks about drinking alcohol.

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

all or nothing

I can't have a little bit. It's all or nothing for me.

To be 'all or nothing' something means you either restrain yourself completely or you lose control.  Talking about drinking, you either have nothing or drink a whole bottle.  Notice the following:

  1. She is very all or nothing about exercise.
  2. You need to learn to be more moderate about your habits.  Life isn't all or nothing.

get in the way

Drinking is getting in the way of other things I wanted to do with my life.

Something that 'gets in the way' prevents you from doing something else.  Notice the following:

  1. His relationships always got in the way of his friendships.
  2. Her career got in the way of having children.

bothers me

I can't work afterward and that bothers me.

If there is something that 'bothers you,' it frustrates you or makes you angry.  You don't like it.  Notice the following:

  1. When you come home really late and wake me up, that bothers me.
  2. I can't talk to you whenever I want and that bothers me.


I look at the balance and the sacrifice and for me it's worth it.

A 'sacrifice' is something that you give up to get something else.  Notice the following:

  1. If you want to have a successful professional life, sometimes you have to sacrifice your personal life.
  2. He is always making sacrifices for his daughters.


I love leaving a bar when I'm still sober.

If you have had very little or nothing to drink than you are 'sober.'  The opposite is intoxicated or, more commonly, drunk. Notice the following:

  1. I'm not drinking because I'm the sober driver tonight.
  2. She decided to stay sober at the party and actually had a good time.


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