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  1. I'm tired of hearing your same old .
  2. I want to the latest cellphone model.
  3. Did it ever your mind that the plant could be poisonous?
  4. I had an dream last night.
  5. Certain animals are raised in to protect their species.
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1145 Tiger Farm

Todd talks with Paul about his time at a Tiger farm where people interact with tigers.

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

check (it) out

I decided to check it out.

When we check something out, that means we have a look to see what it's like. Notice the following:

  1. Hey, check out my new laptop.
  2. Let's check out the new dance club tomorrow night.


They kind of give you a spiel.

A spiel is a short speech or presentation usually to get us to buy something. Notice the following:

  1. I've heard that spiel a thousand times.
  2. The writing workshop was actually a spiel to sell English books.

raised in captivity

The tigers are raised in captivity.

An animal raised in captivity is most often born in a zoo. Notice the following:

  1. It's often impossible to return an animal raised in captivity to the wild.
  2. The pandas were raised in captivity.


That experience was unsettling.

Something that is unsettling makes us feel worried of upset. Notice the following:

  1. The news of the Tsunami was quite unsettling.
  2. Changing schools can be quite unsettling for kids.

crosses the mind

The thought crosses your mind.

Something that crosses the mind is a quick thought. Notice the following:

  1. The danger briefly crossed his mind.
  2. His name? It never crossed my mind to ask.