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respective • infamous • joint
 veggies • downside
  1. After the trip we all went home to our houses.
  2. This salad is only letttuce, it has no other .
  3. The to living in a city is the noise and the traffic.
  4. She is for her bad temper.
  5. There is an excellent Vietnamese a few blocks away.
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906 Fast Food
Clare talks about why America is known as a fast food nation.

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This is Joe from Singapore and Clare from America talking about food in our respective countries.

The word 'respective' is similar in meaning to 'different'.  In the samples below, the countries and the careers are different.  Note the following:

  1. David Beckham and Tierry Henry left their respective countries to play in America. 
  2. Bob is a doctor. His wife is a lawyer, so they are very busy with their respective careers.


What makes it so infamous for having unhealthy food?

Someone or something that is infamous is famous for something negative.  Note the following:

  1. New York is infamous for high rents.
  2. Mexico City is infamous for bad traffic.


Every small town has at least one burger joint.

A joint is a small bar or restaurant that sells cheap food and drink.  Note the following:

  1. There is a good pizza joint down the street.
  2. Let's meet up at that new burger joint.


There was very little veggies.

The word 'veggies' is American slang for vegetables. note the following.

  1. My mother always told me to eat my veggies.
  2. People need to eat their veggies to stay healthy.

on the downside

On the downside they were very fattening.

The 'downside' of something is always negative.  Note the following:

  1. American football is an exciting game to play. On the downside, it can be quite dangerous.
  2. The downside of studying abroad is the cost.