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holiday • popular • shouldn't
sore • pick up
  1. If you arrive early, you have a problem finding parking.
  2. What are the qualifications for a working visa?
  3. I don't know how I have so much stuff. It's all the little things I here and there.
  4. His legs are really from our mountain hike yesterday.
  5. This particular computer is pretty with people your age who are in school.
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606 Working in the U.K.
Tom talks about how students can do a working holiday in the U.K.

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working holiday visa

I have a student that just got a working holiday visa for the UK.

A 'working holiday visa' would give someone the option of working in another country for a short period of time, like over winter vacation or during the summer. Notice the following:

  1. She wants to do something different this summer, so she is trying to get a working holiday visa.
  2. He got a working holiday visa the summer after his first year of college.

pretty popular

The working holiday visa is pretty popular among students.

Something that is 'pretty popular' is less than 'very popular' but more than just 'popular.' It can be replaced with 'quite popular.' When something is 'popular' it means that many people do it or are interested in it. Notice the following:

  1. Her books are pretty popular with teenagers.
  2. Yoga is pretty popular with men and women in this area.

shouldn't have a problem

Her English is pretty good, so she shouldn't have a problem getting work.

If you think that something 'shouldn't be a problem,' it means that you think there won't be any problems or issues. In the example, Tom is saying that it won't be difficult for her to find work. Notice the following:

  1. He shouldn't have a problem finding a teaching job if he is already certified.
  2. You shouldn't have a problem finding my house.


I remember my legs being so sore from standing up all day.

When your body is 'sore', it means that it hurts or aches. Notice the following:

  1. Your back is always sore after you work in the garden.
  2. My legs are really sore from skiing yesterday.

pick up

You go from place to place and you pick up jobs on the way.

Here, 'pick up' is an informal way to say 'get' or 'acquire.' Notice the following:

  1. I just sort of picked up these words while I was traveling.
  2. Mostly I just pick up books when I'm traveling by exchanging with the people I meet.