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Quiz 1: Vocabulary Focus
check out • roughly • attention
go with it • jumped out
  1. The trip is five hours by car.
  2. When I got the promotion last year I almost the window.
  3. When you are in a new place and the culture is a bit different you just have to .
  4. Although I don't buy all of them, I like to the new bestselling books.
  5. His unique style caught my immediately.
Quiz 2: Comprehension Q's
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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Are you artistic?

995 Franklin's Fear

Yuri talks to Shirley about his art piece Franklin's Fear.

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checking out

I’m really enjoying checking out all your art.

When we check something out that means we look at it. Notice the samples:

  1. Let’s go to the mall and check out some new fashions.
  2. I’ll check out what’s playing at the cinema and call you later.


It is roughly an idea of what I wanted to do.

We use the word roughly to talk about information that is not exact but close enough to be clear. Here are two samples:

  1. There are roughly 380,000,000 people in the US.
  2. I finish school at 3:00 and get home at roughly 4:00 or 4:15.

catch your attention

The painting can really catch your attention.

Something that catches your attention causes you to notice it. That something can be any situation involving any of the five senses. Notice the sample sentences:

  1. The barking dogs caught the attention of the security guard.
  2. Yuko’s Punk Lolita outfit caught everybody’s attention.

go with it

You really go with it.

When we ‘go with something', we do it without much planning and because it feels natural. Notice the following:

  1. Don’t be afraid to dance. Get out on the floor, feel the music and just go with it.
  2. English is my second language, but I don’t worry much about grammar. I just start speaking and go with it.

jump out the window

I almost jumped out the window.

We use the idiom 'I almost jumped out the window' when we are very excited. Notice the following:

  1. I first saw Monique standing outside a coffee shop. She looked so beautiful I almost jumped out the window.
  2. When I saw the first signs of spring outside, I almost jumped out the window.
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