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Vocabulary Quiz
flew by • live without • can't imagine
lets her mind • until it's gone • period
  1. I went through a of my life when I liked to go out dancing.
  2. He what it's like to not have a lot of money.
  3. I was so busy today that the time just .
  4. After I graduated from university I wanted to go back to school immediately.  You never know what you have .
  5. He couldn't his dog.
  6. She needs to do something that empty.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Tom and Jess both talk about things they could not live without.

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

fly by


It makes bus journeys fly by.

When time passes very fast we say it flies by.  Notice the samples:

  1. For me, reading a newspaper helps the time fly by.
  2. We were having so much fun, the time just flew by.

I couldn't live without


I couldn't live without the internet.

We use the phrase 'I couldn't live without' to talk about people and things we love. Here are two samples.

  1. I love music so I couldn't live without my MP3 player.
  2. My mom just couldn't live without her daytime soap operas.

I can't imagine


I can't imagine what it was like.

The phrase 'I can't imagine' means something is difficult to think about. Notice the samples:

  1. I can't imagine life without the internet!
  2. Rich people can't imagine what it's like to grow up poor.

Let my mind empty


After a hard day I like to relax and let my mind empty.

When we let our mind empty, we relax and stop thinking about the serious things in our lives. Here are some samples:

  1. She sat on the beach, watched the sunset, and let her mind empty.
  2. When I was a kid I used to put on my headphones, listen to records and let my mind empty.

you don't realize (what you have) until it's gone


People often don't realize what they've got until it's gone.

Sometimes we are so worried about the future that we don't take time to enjoy the people and things in our lives now. Once they are gone, we feel sad. Notice the sample sentences:

  1. He never spent much time with his ex-girlfriend. Unfortunately, he didn't realize what he had until it was gone.
  2. My dad passed away about a year ago. We weren't close, but I miss him. You don't know what you've got till it's gone.

period of my life


I remember periods of my life.

A period of your life is block of time like maybe primary school or early teenage years. Notice the following:

  1. I wasn't cute or popular so high school was a difficult period of my life.
  2. Danielle spent a year studying abroad. It was a fantastic period of her life.