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pressure • lead to • close
missed out • scruffy • point of view
  1. I don't think you really understand my .
  2. He has always been to his sisters.
  3. You know that can cancer, right?
  4. You look . Your hair is too long and you need to shave.
  5. She spent all her time at university studying and on the fun social part.
  6. He is under so much at work that he has trouble sleeping.
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897 A Man's Life
Katia asks Paul to talk about the best and worst things about being a man.

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

under a lot of pressure

The man is under a lot of pressure to earn money.

To be 'under a lot of pressure' means we have a lot of serious responsibility.  Notice the following:

  1. As Prime Minister, he's under a lot of pressure from many groups.
  2. My new job pays better, but I'm under a lot of pressure.

lead to problems

This can sometimes lead to problems.

The phrase 'lead to' is similar in meaning to 'cause'.  Notice the following:

  1. Cigarette smoking can lead to health problems.
  2. Good English skills can often lead to a better job.

form a closer relationship

Kids usually form a closer relationship with their mom.

People in a 'close relationship' talk a lot and share their feelings.  Notice the following:

  1. Despite many differences, China and the US are trying to form a closer relationship.
  2. As a kid, she never formed a close relationship with her dad.

misses out on

The father misses out on his kids growing up.

To 'miss out on' something means we don't get a chance to participate in something we'd like to.  Notice the following:

  1. If you leave early, you'll miss out on dessert.
  2. Don't be late or you'll miss out!

scruffy shoes

He wears scruffy shoes.

We use the word 'scruffy' to talk about someone or something that is old, dirty, or worn.  Notice the following:

  1. After a month of training, my new sport shoes looked old and scruffy.
  2. His best friend is a scruffy old dog.

point of view

I'm just thinking from a man's point of view

The phrase 'point of view' is similar in meaning to 'opinion'.  Notice the following:

  1. From my point of view, it was a mistake.
  2. What's your point of view?