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Vocabulary Quiz
over half of • suburbs • Broadway
diverse • Fifth Avenue
  1. He grew up in the , but he has lived in the city for about 10 years.
  2. He performed in several musicals during his acting career.
  3. Watching the series 'Sex in the City' makes me want to shop on .
  4. They spent of the movie talking. It was really annoying.
  5. The restaurant has a very menu.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

858 New York, New York
Mari gives advice on what to do and see while in New York.

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over half of my life


I lived there for over half of my life.

If you are 18 years old, 'half your life' would be 9 years. It is actually, more of an idiomatic expression that's used to speak about a long period of your life.  Notice the following:

  1. He spent over half of his life in prison.
  2. I spent half my life worrying about my appearance.

the suburbs


I grew up in the suburbs.

The 'suburbs' is an area where people live just outside the city.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm a kid from the suburbs.
  2. Living in the suburbs is boring.

Broadway shows


I used to go to Broadway shows.

A 'Broadway show' is a type of show that is performed by actors in theaters in New York City.  Notice the following:

  1. Tickets for Broadway shows are expensive.
  2. My wife loves Broadway shows.

really diverse


New York City is really diverse.

We use the word 'diverse' to talk about things that are very different  from one another.  If a something or somewhere is diverse it has variety.  Notice the following:

  1. The city has many diverse cultures.
  2. He's got diverse taste in music.

Fifth Avenue


You should see Fifth Avenue.

'Fifth Avenue' is a street in New York City that is famous for shopping and has many department stores.  Notice the following:

  1. I can't afford to shop on Fifth Avenue.
  2. Driver, take me to Fifth Avenue please.