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secret • neighbor • cursed
enthusiasm • grabbed
  1. She him for wearing his shoes in the house and getting dirt everywhere.
  2. If one country has a violent political situation, all the countries should be very careful.
  3. I can't believe you still look so young. What's your ?
  4. It was really easy to get here. I just the bus a block from my house and rode it the whole way here.
  5. She has so much about everything that she does.
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730 English Success Story
Peter explains how learned to speak English fluently.

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talk about your secret

Could you talk about your secret - why is your English so good?

To 'talk about your secret' means that you let people know the tricks to your success.

Notice the following:

  1. She does seminars to talk about her secret and how she has done so well in business.
  2. Would you like to talk about your secret?

our neighbor countries

I'm not sure about our neighbor countries, but especially in Sweden, you start to learn English when you are three, four years old.

'Our neighbor countries' refers to the countries that border or are nearby to your country.

Notice the following:

  1. Our neighbor countries are all very snowy.
  2. I think we will be able to rely on our neighbor countries to support us in the campaign.

cursed me

My mother, she actually cursed me not to watch those because it was so scary.

Here, 'cursed me' just means 'yelled at me.'

Notice the following:

  1. She cursed me for being late to work again.
  2. He's always cursing his brother for being lazy.

enthusiasm

I was really enthusiastic in school by learning English.

When you have 'enthusiasm' about something, it means that you are excited about it and want to do well.

Notice the following:

1. She is young, so she still has lots of enthusiasm.
2. I had a lot of enthusiasm when I first started.

grab the bus

They ask where they are supposed to go and where they can grab the bus.

When you 'grab the bus,' it means that you get on the bus and use it to transport you where you need to go.

Notice the following:

  1. She can grab the bus to work.
  2. I can always grab the bus, so I don't need a car.