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graduate • settled • large
find • laid-back • standard
  1. When you are backpacking, you have to be or you won't have a good time.
  2. That is a pretty price for tutoring.
  3. By and , one of the most difficult things to adjust to will be the food.
  4. She isn't working right now, because she is still a student.
  5. How do you the workload in your Economics class?
  6. If you arrive a few weeks before you start classes, you will feel fairly when school begins.
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633 First Meeting
Tom is a teacher and Martin is a student at the same university. They meet each other.

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graduate student

I'm a graduate student, not the teacher here.

A 'graduate student' is someone who has returned to school after finishing his undergraduate or bachelor's degree. Notice the following:

  1. The university is looking for graduate students to help with student teaching.
  2. She finds her life as a graduate student extremely tiring.

fairly settled

By and large, I think I'm fairly settled here.

If you are 'fairly settled' in a place, it means that you feel comfortable there, and you have found a way to make it feel like home. Notice the following:

  1. He is fairly settled in his new house, but it will take him some time to get everything organized.
  2. You are already fairly settled here, considering you have been here such a short time.

by and large

By and large, I think I'm fairly settled here.

'By and large' can be used if you want to summarize something or just give a general opinion or observation. Notice the following:

  1. I would say, by and large, that this is the best vacation I've ever been on.
  2. By and large, would you say your life is easier here?

how do you find.....?

Since you've been here for a couple of months now, how do you find Japan?

When you ask someone 'how do you find' something, you are really asking for their opinion about it? It is the same as asking 'What do you think about Japan?' Notice the following:

  1. How do you find your neighborhood in terms of safety?
  2. How does he find his new job?


It's nice to have a smaller cleaner city that's a little more laid-back.

A place that is 'laid-back' is really relaxed and not fast-paced. Notice the following:

  1. My dog is really laid-back, so he's a good traveler.
  2. To be successful in a job like this, you have to be really laid-back and not get stressed too easily.

pretty standard

My typical day is pretty standard - it's home, school, home.

Something that is 'pretty standard' is normal or not out of the ordinary. Martin is saying that his daily schedule is normal for a student. Notice the following:

  1. All of these features are pretty standard for cars these days.
  2. Her income is pretty standard for someone in her profession.