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  1. Saying the artic is chilly is an .
  2. I bought this lamp at a .
  3. He has of old records.
  4. I was sad to sell my car but I had to .
  5. He likes to all his junk.
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1074 Collectibles

Silvia and Diego talk about things they like to buy and keep as collectibles.

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

an understatement

I think too much is an understatement

When we make an understatement we use words that are not strong enough to talk about how bad or serious something is. Notice the sample.

  1. With Thai food, I think too spicy is an understatement - it’s super hot!

hold onto

What things do you hold onto?

When we hold on to something, it means we keep it, usually for a long time. Notice the following.

  1. I don’t like working in customer service, but I’m going to hold on to my job until the economy improves.
  2. When François went to America he gave away almost everything, but he held on to his DVD collection.


I have tons of handbags.

Here ‘tons’ means ‘a lot of’. It can be countable or uncountable. Here are two examples using ‘tons’.

  1. Since she quit her job, Elena has tons of free time.
  2. I download all my music so I have tons of CD’s that I never listen to.

let it go

I tried to not buy it or let it go.

To ‘let it go’ means to forget about something we are or have been thinking seriously about. Notice the sample sentences.

  1. I love the new Apple iPad but it’s so expensive! I need to let it go for now.
  2. Jack’s girlfriend broke up with him. He had a hard time letting go of the relationship.

yard sale

I think we should have a yard sale.

In America for example, we have an outdoor sale of used personal or household items we no longer need or use. The sale is usually held in front of our home.

  1. The Smith family had a big yard sale before they moved to the new house.
  2. The garage is really cluttered. I think we should have a yard sale and get rid of some stuff.