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siblings • pops • generation
left out • big say
  1. The younger spends a lot of time using computers.
  2. How many do you have?
  3. All of my brothers are a lot older than me, so sometimes I feel .
  4. Our boss wants us to feel like we have a in the company.
  5. He can be quietly working on one thing, when an idea for something else just in his head.
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775 Two Languages at Home

Lupe's family speak Spanish and English. She explains how her family deals with this.

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siblings

I do have some siblings that speak English.

Your 'siblings' are your brothers and sisters.

Notice the following:

  1. I have lots of siblings, as I have a large family.
  2. I think there would be a lot of sibling rivalry if you had lots of brothers and sisters.

it pops up into my head

I'll suddenly forget a word or it pops up into my head faster in Spanish.

When something 'pops into your head,' it means that you are suddenly struck with an idea.

Notice the following:

  1. If I let my mind go blank, I will get a good idea; it pops into my head out of nowhere.
  2. When I am writing music, ideas pop into my head and I have to write them down.

the younger generation

And do you feel like that is something you're losing, your family's losing by being here in the United States, part of your language with the younger generation?

The 'younger generation' refers to the people in society who are younger than you.

Notice the following:

  1. I think that the younger generation do not have very much respect for their elders.
  2. The younger generation seems to have a strange taste in music these days.

feel left out

Maybe they feel that if their kids only speak English, they won't feel left out at school.

When you 'feel left out,' it means that you think you are being excluded.

Notice the following:

  1. When she did not invite me to the party, I felt a bit left out.
  2. I don't want you to feel left out, so please tell me if you do.

we have a big say

I think that we have a big say in that and there's a lot we can do about it.

'Have a big say' refers to the way people can have an important contribution to or influence on ideas and suggestions.

Notice the following:

  1. The company is quite staff orientated, we have a big say in how the company is run.
  2. She said that we can have a big say in where we go on holiday.

 

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