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  1. What language was this book from?
  2. She is a huge exercise , and her mood changes if she doesn't have time to run.
  3. I only need 13 more to graduate.
  4. This restaurant has been five different people in the last seven years. Nobody stays very long.
  5. I'm really that we had to cancel our travel plans.
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648 Missing The States
Keiko talks about American things she misses now that she is back in Japan.

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huge ... addict

I guess you could say I'm a huge taco addict, because I just love tacos.

When you are an 'addict,' you physically or mentally need something. Here, Keiko doesn't need the tacos, but she is using the words 'huge addict' to show that she really, really likes them. Notice the following:

  1. He is a huge coffee addict. I don't think he could survive without it.
  2. I have turned into this huge television addict.


I'm bummed that I can't get tacos in Japan.

If you are 'bummed' about something, you feel sad or disappointed. Notice the following:

  1. He was bummed about his grade on his test.
  2. If it rains tomorrow, I am going to be really bummed.

run by

This small restaurant was run by Mexican people who didn't speak any English.

Here, 'run by' can be replaced with 'managed by.' Notice the following:

  1. The group is run by a bunch of artists.
  2. This school is owned by Canadians but run by Vietnamese.


The ESL class I took counted as my foreign language credit.

The work that you do in academic classes in university is measured in 'credits.' It is usually one classroom hour per week for a credit, so a 3-credit class would have three hours of class every week. Notice the following:

  1. Doing a discussion along with this class will give you one extra credit.
  2. How many credits is your biology class?


After some time, I just understood the word without trying to translate in my mind.

When you 'translate' something, you change it from one language to another. Notice the following:

  1. It's better to learn another language without using translation.
  2. This books was originally written in Japanese and then translated to many other languages.