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up there • nature lover • efficient
plop • hop into
  1. At the end of the day, I love to down onto the sofa and relax.
  2. Costa Rica is for popular tourist destinations.
  3. Let's the car and go for a drive to the beach.
  4. Learning by rote is not very .
  5. She is a real . She likes trees, plants and animals.
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1066 Costa Rican Adventure

Steven talks about the various types of adventure people can experience in Costa Rica.

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up there

Costa Rica is up there for adventure.

In this example the phrase ‘up there’ means ‘popular’. Notice the samples.

  1. Hong Kong is up there for great shopping.
  2. At my university, iPhone is up there with Blackberrry as the phone to own.

nature lover

If you are a nature lover, I recommend kayaking through the forest.

A nature lover is a person who enjoys outdoor activities such as camping or hiking. Notice the following.

  1. My family spends two weeks every year in the mountains. We’re real nature lovers.
  2. The town’s nature lovers protested the construction of a new power plant next to the lake.

efficient

It is more efficient to rent a kayak than to own it.

Someone or something that is efficient works fast and effectively. Here are two examples using efficient.

  1. Our new secretary is efficient and well organized.
  2. With high price of oil, many people are buying smaller, more fuel efficient cars.

plop inside

They plop you right inside the kayak.

Here, ‘plop’ means to fall or drop down suddenly. Notice the sample sentences.

  1. He plopped on the bed and quickly fell asleep.
  2. When my dad gets home, he always plops his briefcase near the door.

hop into

You just hop into the kayak and go.

When talking about transportation, the phrase ‘hop into’ means to enter quickly.

  1. The robbers hopped into a waiting car and escaped.
  2. If you get lost in London, just hop into a taxi. The drivers can take you anywhere.
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