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freely show • matters • pretty much
share blood • one time

  1. It what you do in public.
  2. You can't your affection.
  3. The families .
  4. It can do many tasks at .
  5. It is the same as before.
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1069 Greetings

Amir talks about how people greet each other in his country of Iran in public and private.

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

it matters

Yes, but it matters

The phrase ‘it matters’ usually means that something is important. Here, however, ‘it matters’ more closely means “it depends on’. Notice the samples.

  1. To buy a PC or a laptop is a difficult choice. It matters what you are going to use your computer for.
  2. When looking for a job, often it matters who you know, not what you know.

freely show

You can freely show your affection

In this example, to ‘freely show’ something is to do it in public without offending others. Here are two more examples.

  1. At the World Cup everyone can freely show their nationalism.
  2. In many Asian cultures, students will never freely show their dislike for a teacher.

share blood

You don’t share blood.

The phrase 'share blood’ means to be of the same family. Notice the following:

  1. Sitting bull was born in North Dakota and did not share blood with Eastern or Western tribes.
  2. The boys are similar in appearance though they do not share blood.

at one time

At one time?

‘At one time’ means a number of things happening at the same time. In fact, it has the same meaning as ‘at the same time’. Notice the equivalent meaning.

  1. My new computer can run many programs at the same time.
  2. My new computer can run many programs at one time.

pretty much the same

It’s pretty much the same

We use the phrase ‘pretty much the same’ when we want to show similarity between people or things. Notice the sample sentences.

  1. A Big Mac tastes pretty much the same anywhere in the world.
  2. Surf on the Gold Coast is pretty much the same as California, but a little better, I think.