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dirt tracks • overflowing • peasants
bumpy • come along • suspense
  1. On Saturdays the come into town to sell fruits and vegetables.
  2. They stood on the side of the road waiting for someone to and pick them up.
  3. The river is and flooding the land nearby.
  4. I can hardly handle the of waiting for his reply.
  5. There are small that will take you to the cabin.
  6. You have to drive slowly because the road is really .
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Answer the following questions about the interview.

867 The Road
Jeff talks about his journey before the journey on the way to the Amazon.

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dirt tracks


They're dirt tracks.

A 'dirt track' is another name for a dirt road. We often see them in areas far outside the city.  Notice the following:

  1. The truck moved slowly along the dirt track.
  2. The dirt track was muddy from the rain.



The rivers were overflowing.

When a river or lake 'overflows,' that means there is too much water. It usually happens after a lot of rainfall.  Notice the following:

  1. The dam was about to overflow.
  2. The streets were overflowing from all the rain.



The peasants rode in the back.

We use the word 'peasant' to talk about poor, uneducated people usually from farming areas.  Notice the following:

  1. We saw many peasants working on the farms.
  2. The local peasants invited us to dinner.



The road was bumpy.

A 'bumpy' road makes a moving car, truck, bus, etc., jump up and down and traveling is very uncomfortable.  Notice the following:

  1. It was a bumpy ride.
  2. I hate bumpy roads.

come along


We are going to wait for a truck to come along.

In this example, the phrase 'come along' talks about something we are waiting for, but don't know when it will arrive.  Notice the following:

  1. We waited two hours for a bus to come along.
  2. I waited for someone to come along and help me.

it's great suspense


Traveling is sometimes great suspense.

We feel 'suspense' when we are scared or excited and do not know what will happen next.  Notice the following:

  1. Traveling the Amazon was great suspense.
  2. Getting lost was scary, but great suspense.