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Vocabulary Quiz
have to say • spend • beauty of it
speak as one • going back
  1. to what you said earlier, what are your goals for this project?
  2. You don't have to leave your house.  That's the .
  3. How can you the whole day in front of the computer?
  4. I , I was expecting the movie to be a lot better.
  5. After spending the whole summer together, I think our hearts .
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

845 Fred's Year
Fred talks about what kind of year 2007 was for him.

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

I have to say

I have to say I've grown as a person.

We use the phrase 'I have to say' when we want to add important information.  Notice the following:

  1. I have to say it was an interesting class.
  2. I liked the presentation, but I have to say, I'm not impressed with the product.


We spend twelve days with them.

We 'spend' time doing an activity.  Notice the following:

  1. I spend a lot of time on my computer.
  2. He spends 2 hours a day at the gym.

the beauty of it

That's the beauty of it.

The 'beauty' of something is what makes it so good.  Notice the following:

  1. English allows you to communicate with people from around the world. That's the beauty of it.
  2. It's free. That's the beauty of it.

our hearts speak as one

During camp, our hearts speak as one.

Here, the phrase 'our hearts speak as one' means that we can often communicate emotionally as well as with words.  Notice the following:

  1. My wife and I have been married for over 30 years. Our hearts speak as one.
  2. Though we're from different cultures, our hearts speak as one.

Going back to the topic

Going back to the topic we were discussing.

Sometimes during a conversation, the topic can can quickly change. When we want to return to an earlier topic, we say 'going back to the topic'.  Notice the following:

  1. Going back to the original topic, what is your feeling?
  2. Let's go back to the last topic.