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must have • monsoons • as crazy as
this guy's • gung ho
  1. You been really scared.
  2. He's a monkey when he climbs.
  3. She is really about her new job.
  4. The made the trip to Vietnam a little difficult.
  5. The first time I met him I thought, ' a real jerk.'
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866 The Plan
Jeff talks about the beginning of his trip down the Amazon River.

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

it must have been

It must have been dangerous.

We use the phrase ' must have been' when we guess about something that happened in the past with a high level of certainty.  Notice the following:

  1. It must have been difficult growing up poor.
  2. Breaking up must have been difficult.

monsoon season

It was monsoon season, so the river was high.

The 'monsoon season,' from about May to October, is a time when it rains a lot in hot Asian countries.  Notice the following:

  1. It's difficult to travel in the monsoon season.
  2. Hotel rates are cheap during the monsoon season.

as crazy as I was

My partner was a as crazy as I was.

We use 'as + adjective + as' when we compare two things that are the same.  Notice the following:

  1. I think Chinese is just as difficult to learn as English.
  2. A Big Mac in France is just as expensive as in America.

this guy's perfect

I said, "this guy's perfect."

We use this phrase when we find exactly the kind of person we are looking for.  Notice the following:

  1. From the moment I met her I said to myself, "this girl's perfect!"
  2. When I saw the lobby I thought, "this hotel is perfect."

gung ho

He was gung ho.

To be 'gung ho' means to be very excited to do something dangerous.  Notice the following:

  1. He was gung ho to try skydiving.
  2. I'm not really gung ho to go bungy jumping.