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Vocabulary Quiz
extreme • range from • type of thing
influence • yummy
  1. The food looked terrible, but it was actually really .
  2. I usually do kickboxing, yoga, pilates, dance and that at the gym.
  3. This winter isn't as as normal.
  4. The conferences three to five days.
  5. There was an Asian in the decorations in her house.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

860 Palm Spots
Mike compares America's two tropical states of Hawaii and Florida.

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not as extreme


The weather in Hawaii is not as extreme as it is in Florida.

'Extreme' is similar in meaning to serious or intense.  Notice the following:

  1. The waves in Australia are not as extreme as they are in Hawaii.
  2. The damage was not as extreme as we feared.

range from


Temperatures range from fifty degrees to ninety degrees.

A 'range' has a first number, a last number and includes all or select numbers in between.  A range of 4 to 7 for example, is 4,5,6,and 7.  Notice the following:

  1. They range in age from 16 to 18 years old.
  2. Tickets range from 20-45 dollars.

that type of thing


You can get burgers and that type of thing.

Here, the word 'type' talks about things that are similar. We can use this phrase when we want to give a general idea, but don't want to list a lot of examples.  Notice the following:

  1. You can buy cheap electronics, DVD players, TVs, that type of thing.
  2. She likes necklaces, rings and that type of thing.

Asian influence


There's a lot of Asian influence.

Here, 'influence' talks about the way one culture affects another. Hawaii is a US state, but you can see a lot of Asian influence there.  Notice the following:

  1. It's a combination of modern architecture and Asian influence.
  2. They serve fusion food with an Asian influence.

sounds yummy


Hawaii sounds yummy.

'Yummy' means delicious. Its very informal and usually spoken by women and children.  Notice the following:

  1. The dessert looks yummy.
  2. My mom's cooking is yummy.