tutorStudy Options
Improve your vocabulary, listening or reading skills with the quizzes below.
Vocabulary Quiz
ignorant • certain • mandates
closed • basically
  1. Many local tribes lost their power when British were put in place.
  2. If you want to study abroad, what you do is decide what you want to study and then look for a program that is good for you.
  3. She says her boss is good in business, but he can be to the way that people feel.
  4. Since he grew up in such a culture, traveling really changed him.
  5. To a degree, I think this is the best thing that could have happened for you.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
Audio Links

Download this MP3
(right click and save)

Buy this MP3 +1300
more MP3 and PDF

story image

635 Samoa Life
Patricia talks about life on her island of Samoa.

  • Transcript
  • Audio Notes
Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.


I'm sorry, but I'm completely ignorant about any history in Samoa.

You are 'ignorant' about a subject when you know nothing about it. Notice the following:

  1. He is a very smart person, but sometimes he acts completely ignorant.
  2. Sometimes I feel like I am ignorant when it comes to computers.

to a certain degree

To a certain degree, the American Samoan individuals are more Americanized.

When something is done 'to a certain degree' it is done partially, but not completely. Notice the following:

  1. I understand what he says to a certain degree, but I would like a translator for clarification.
  2. They are sisters, but they are only alike to a certain degree.


After our village leaders make the decision, we give it to the New Zealand and British mandate.

A 'mandate' is a group that can make commands or orders in a country. Notice the following:

  1. The mandate makes all the decisions about transportation changes.
  2. A mandate was formed to deal with issues like this.

closed culture

Americans seem to have a closed culture, because they don't see much of other culture than their own.

A 'closed culture' does not have much information coming in from other places. People from a closed culture would be very focused on just what's going on in their country. Notice the following:

  1. It's hard to believe that a big city like this could have such a closed culture.
  2. It can be very hard living in a closed culture when you are used to something that is more cosmopolitan.

basically what you do is

When you live in a multicultural place, basically what you do is adopt those different lifestyles.

'Basically what you do' is a way to summarize the actions that you take or what happens. Notice the following:

  1. If you want to get a good grade, basically what do is study.
  2. Basically what you do is watch TV with your friends when you have free time.