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Vocabulary Quiz
close • large family • exchange
packed • stress
  1. The of planning this party is making her crazy.
  2. We should phone numbers.
  3. The bar was with people watching the game.
  4. I stay in contact with my friends by email when I'm away.
  5. They have such a that they have to drive two cars.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

842 Fred's Gifts
Fred talks about the gift giving tradition of his family during the holidays.

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

people close (to you)

Do you buy gifts only for people who are close to you?

'People close to you' are friends and family or people that you care about.  Notice the following:

  1. Always take care of the people close to you.
  2. I buy Christmas gifts for people close to me.

large family

In my case, I have a large family.

The meaning of a large family changes within different cultures, but these days, a 'large family' would include about five or more children.  Notice the following:

  1. I come from a large family.
  2. In my country, large families are rare.

exchange gifts

We buy a small present, and we exchange gifts.

When we 'exchange gifts,' we give someone a gift and they give us one in return.  Notice the following:

  1. Each year the office staff exchange gifts.
  2. Our family usually exchange gifts on Christmas Eve.


During Christmas, the shops are really packed.

'Packed' means very crowded.  Notice the following:

  1. The place was packed.
  2. The band played to a packed house.


I actually like that kind of stress.

We usually feel 'stress' when we are very worried about something or when we feel a lot of pressure.  Notice the following:

  1. The stress of my job is killing me.
  2. I always feel a lot of stress before an exam.