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homeless • raised • split my time
base • jet setter • accommodation
appeal
  1. She was on a farm in Nebraska.
  2. I usually between Mexico and the United States.
  3. A simple life doesn't to everyone.
  4. After he lost his job he was for a few months before he moved into a shelter.
  5. Although they travel a lot, they always come home to their in Vancouver.
  6. We will only sleep for a few hours, so a simple will be perfect.
  7. He became a real after he made all his money.
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894 Globetrotter
Johnathan talks about all the places he lives and about being without roots.

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homeless

Actually, I would have to say that I'm homeless.

When someone is 'homeless,' that means they do not have a place to live.  Notice the following:

  1. I was surprised to see so many homeless people on the streets.
  2. After the earthquake, many people were left homeless.

born and raised

I was born and raised in Toronto.

Here, the word 'raised' means where we grew up.  Notice the following:

  1. I was born in Nice, but soon moved to Paris and was raised there.
  2. The panda was born and raised in a zoo.

split most of the majority of your time

Where do you split your time?

When we split our time,' that means we separate the time we spend doing different things into two or sometimes more parts.  Notice the following:

  1. I split my time between work and family.
  2. Students need to split their time between study and fun.

base

I don't really have a base.

A 'base' is the town or city where we spend most of our time.  Notice the following:

  1. I work all over Europe, but I'm based in London.
  2. Bangkok makes an excellent base for travel in South East Asia.

jet set

Jonathan doesn't travel with the jet set.

The 'jet set' are rich, fashionable and sometimes famous people who travel to expensive places.  Notice the following:

  1. The jet set heads to the south of France in the summer.
  2. You won't find me traveling with the jet set.

simple accommodation

Jonathan stays in simple accommodation.

'Simple accommodation 'can mean a youth hostel, guest house or inexpensive hotel.  Notice the following:

  1. Simple accommodation is great for young travelers.
  2. Let's find some simple accommodation and rest for the night.

appeal to everyone

I think that it's the kind of life that doesn't appeal to everyone.

Something that 'appeals to everyone' is something that most people like.  Notice the following:

  1. Traveling doesn't appeal to everyone.
  2. Spicy Thai food is delicious, but it doesn't appeal to everyone.