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in my blood • such a thing • background
stop myself • get out
  1. She's 50 years old?  of here!
  2. Painting has always just been .
  3. She has a in English Literature, but she works in an accounting office.
  4. Why would you believe ?
  5. I just can't around chocolate.
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812 Dance Teachers
Katia and Fred talk about how they became dance teachers.

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it's not in my blood or anything

It's not in my blood or anything to know how to dance.

Something that is 'in our blood' comes naturally.  Notice the following:

  1. Music is not in her blood.
  2. Teaching is in his blood.

If such a thing would exist

The Canadian salsa, if such a thing would exist.

We use the phrase 'If such a thing would exist' to talk about something that is not real.  Notice the following:

  1. A world of 100% renewable energy, If such a thing would exist, is the answer.
  2. If such a thing would exist, I'd buy it.

a pretty good background

Fred has a pretty good background.

'Background' is someone's education and work experience.  Notice the following:

  1. He has a pretty good background in accounting.
  2. I have a pretty good background in history, but not math or science.

I just can't stop myself

I just can't stop myself. It's fun.

When we can't control our actions or behavior, we say 'I just can't stop myself'.We often use this phrase when we're having a lot of fun.  Notice the following:

  1. When I go to Karaoke, I just can't stop myself.
  2. Once I start dancing , I just can't stop myself.

Get out of here

Get out of here. You worked in a circus?

We use the phrase 'get out of here' when someone tells us something we can't believe. Americans say it a lot. It's very informal.  Notice the following:

  1. No way! Get out of here!
  2. You were born in Brazil? Really? Get out of here!