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testing • hit me • in the wild
put that • shame
  1. It's a you didn't meet my grandfather before he died.
  2. I feel like he is always , my loyalty.
  3. The typical food is, how to , not really my style.
  4. These animals behave very differently .
  5. I know a lot about biology.  with your best question.
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Brian and Fanny talks about some iconic creatures from their countries.

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

You're testing me

Brian says "You're testing me Fanny".

Here, the idiom 'you're testing me' has a different meaning than, for example, a test at school, but in each case, we want to know what someone knows or what his reaction will be.   Notice the following:

  1. It sounds like you're testing me.
  2. After so many questions the teacher asked, "are you testing me"?

hit me

Fanny wants to ask more questions and Brian says "hit me".

We say 'hit me' when we are confident that we can correctly answer a question from someone who is testing us. It's very informal.  Notice the following:

  1. Go ahead and hit me with another question.
  2. Questions about my country? Sure, hit me.

In the wild

In the wild or in a zoo?

Animals that live in the wild are found in the forest, jungle, deserts, mountains, anywhere in nature.  Notice the following:

  1. These days, not many pandas live in the wild.
  2. The habitat for animals in the wild is decreasing.

How should I put that?

Fanny asks "How should I put that?"

We use the phrase ' how should I put that' when we need a moment to think about a correct word or phrase to use in a given situation.  Notice the following:

  1. There's not that much - how should I put that, physical contact between men and women on campus in my country.
  2. Bangkok is slowly becoming a modern city, but there's still a lot of - how should I put that, poverty in Thailand.

It's a shame

It's a shame that pandas can't do more outside activities.

We use the phrase 'it's a shame' when we feel sad about a situation.  Notice the following:

  1. It's a shame he didn't pass the exam.
  2. It's really a shame you can't come to the party.