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ventured • machete • hacked
hitch a ride • unorthodox
  1. He was so angry that he the wooden chair he made for her into pieces.
  2. I have never this far down the beach before.
  3. He has a very , but effective way of doing things.
  4. Let's see if we can home with your brother.
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869 Along the Shore
Jeff talks about what life is like on the banks of the Amazon.

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So you never ventured into the jungle.

To 'venture' means to go somewhere that might not be safe, makes us feel uncomfortable or is unfamiliar to us.  Notice the following:

  1. You shouldn't venture out at night.
  2. I think I'll venture out and see what's up.

a machete

You need a machete.

A 'machete' looks like a really big knife. We use it to cut or trim bushes and trees.  Notice the following:

  1. Be careful with that machete!
  2. We need a machete to continue.

hack your way through

You need to hack your way through.

'Hack' means to cut something in a strong, angry way. We hack plants and bushes when we walk through the jungle.  Notice the following:

  1. We'll need to hack our way through.
  2. They spent the day hacking through the jungle.

hitched a ride

We just hitched a ride to the next village.

When we 'hitch a ride,' that means we travel for free, most often in other peoples cars.  Notice the following:

  1. They hitched a ride with a farmer.
  2. Maybe we can hitch a ride back to town.


A very unorthodox kind of travel.

Here, we use the word 'unorthodox' to talk about an unusual way to do something that is different than most people.  Notice the following:

  1. He teaches in an unorthodox way.
  2. That's an unorthodox approach.