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settle down • hooray • in my genes
atmosphere • the States
  1. Hip, hip . We won.
  2. Music is . Both my parents play instruments.
  3. The was sad after we lost the game.
  4. I want to and have a family.
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1016 Ex Pats

Pernais from Jamaica and Doron from England talk about life as an Ex-Pat, people who live away from their country.

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

settle down

imageJamaica is the only place that I could actually settle down in.

When someone speaks of settling down, they are usually referring to getting married, having kids, and living in the same place for many years. Settle down also means to be become calm after a period of high energy. See the examples below:

  1. He was wild when he was young, but he has settled down considerably.
  2. Settle down everyone, I need to make an announcement.


imageHooray for air travel, right?

Hooray is used to express happiness or a feeling of being thankful. In the example above, “hooray” could be replaced by “Thank God”, as in “Thank God for air travel.” See the following examples:

  1. Hooray for vacation! I need a break.
  2. Christmas is tomorrow! Hooray!

in my genes

imageI think I’ve got travel in my genes.

Genes, and genetics, refer to physical and personality traits that are passed from parents to their children. When someone has something “in their genes” it means that the parents and the children are similar. Notice the 2 examples below:

  1. Everyone in our family has blue eyes. It’s in my genes.
  2. My physical looks favour the genetic background of my mother more than my father.


imageIt’s a really nice family atmosphere.

One meaning of atmosphere is the air all around us. Another meaning is the mood or the feeling of a particular place. A restaurant may have a romantic atmosphere or perhaps an energetic atmosphere. Study the examples below:

  1. The food is good but the atmosphere is so old-fashioned.
  2. The atmosphere of that school was like a prison.

The States

imageI’ve visited a few of my cousins in the States.

“The States” is a common way to shorten “The United States of America”. It is also common to just say “The US”. Notice the following examples:

  1. I’m from Tennessee in the States.
  2. When I lived in the States, I never rode on a bus or a subway.