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Vocabulary Quiz
some extent • baby-sat • peer-pressured
curfew • period
  1. She wasn't going to drink at the party, but her friends her into it.
  2. I my younger cousins a lot when I was a teenager.
  3. Her parents gave her an early as punishment for her bad grades.
  4. She is my friend to , but I don't really trust her .
  5. He is never on time, .
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

829 House Party
Tini was an exchange student in the U.S. She talks about high school parties.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

to some extent

To some extent she is an expert.

'To some extent' is similar in meaning to 'a small degree'.  Notice the following:

  1. He is to some extent responsible.
  2. My parents to some extent, don't trust me.

baby-sitting your house

You will be baby-sitting your house.

Usually 'baby-sit' means to take care of kids or something valuable for someone. When you are a teenager, you baby-sit your house while your parents are away.  This is a way that many teenagers make money.  Notice the following:

  1. I get to baby-sit the house for the weekend.
  2. She spent the whole party baby-sitting her house.

peer pressure

There's a lot of peer pressure.

We feel 'peer pressure' when we think we must be the same as other people our age if we want them to like us.  Peer pressure makes us do things because other people our age are doing them.  Notice the following:

  1. Peer pressure made me start smoking.
  2. There was so much peer pressure in high school.


We have curfew times for students.

In this case, 'curfew' is a time set by parents, supervisors or police when children must be home in the evening.  Notice the following:

  1. I've got a 10:PM curfew.
  2. Do you have a curfew?


Be back at ten thirty, period.

The word 'period' is used to make a statement strong and final.  We use this word when the topic is not open for discussion.  Notice the following:

  1. Be home by midnight period!
  2. No more, that's it, period!