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Vocabulary Quiz
cute phrase • get the phrase • singular noun • gorgeous • tongue out • non-committal
  1. No matter what I did I couldn't over to them.
  2. She is always beautiful, but tonight she looks .
  3. Stop being so and just tell me if you are coming to dinner.
  4. Her baby just learned to stick his .
  5. The sentence is incorrect because you wrote the instead of the plural.
  6. It was such a that I could help laughing.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

972 Common Errors
Tom and Jess discuss common mistakes students make in different countries.

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

cute phrase


It is a very cute phrase.

A cute phrase makes us smile when people use it though the grammar may be terrible. Notice the following:

  1. In Thailand 'same-same but different' means 'similar'.
  2. Some Thai students also say 'my friend you' to talk about your friend.

get a phrase over to somebody


I spent a minute trying to get the phrase over to her.

To get a phrase over to somebody means to make them understand the meaning. Here are two samples:

  1. It took several examples to get the phrase over to his students.
  2. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get the phrase over to him.

singular noun


The noun 'people' is not a singular noun.

A singular noun talks about one person or thing. Notice the samples:

  1. 'Child' is a singular noun while 'children' is plural.
  2. Singular nouns are the easiest vocabulary to learn and use.

sounds gorgeous


It sounds so much more gorgeous.

Gorgeous means very beautiful. It's generally used for things we can see and rarely used in the comparative.  For things we hear, 'beautiful' is a better choice. Here are two samples:

  1. In high school, my girlfriend chose to study French over Spanish. She thought French sounded much more beautiful.
  2. I think Portuguese sounds more beautiful than any other language.

stick my tongue out


Sticking my tongue out of my mouth was not a good idea.

When we stick our tongue out, we move it out of our mouth, past our lips. Notice the samples:

  1. I'm always sticking my tongue out of my mouth to get students to correctly pronounce the number three.
  2. Sticking your tongue out is very impolite in some cultures.



He's non-committal about the project.

When we are non-committal, it means we cannot or will not make a decision about something. Notice the following:

  1. We invited John and Sarah to the party but they were very non-committal about coming.
  2. I'm not impressed with either of the two candidates so at this point I'm very non-committal.