tutorStudy Options
Improve your vocabulary, listening or reading skills with the quizzes below.
Vocabulary Quiz
masters • come to • tackle
occupying • more so
  1. The first issue that we need to is which organizations we want to give money to.
  2. She is a very good student and everything remarkably quickly.
  3. Many of his ideas for writing him when he's sleeping.
  4. He usually has a lot his mind and can be very distracted.
  5. than new clothes, I need some new shoes.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
Audio Links

Download this MP3
(right click and save)

Buy this MP3 +1300
more MP3 and PDF


1190 Language Learners

Peter and Jana discuss their success and failures learning languages.

  • Transcript
  • Slide Show
  • Audio Notes

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

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


I haven't been able to master enough kanji.

When you 'master' something, it means you become really good at it. Notice the following:

  1. The teacher wants to make sure that everyone has mastered the material.
  2. You have to master the main notes before you can move on to more complicated songs.

come to

A lot of English came to me because I read so much.

Used like this, 'come to me' means that you think of something, understand it or can learn it very quickly. Notice the following:

  1. Languages really come to him easily, because he has a good ear for sounds.
  2. The answers to these problems just kind of come to me. I don't have to work that hard at it.


Maybe our brains tackle every language in a different way.

You 'tackle' something difficult that you are trying to accomplish. Notice the following:

  1. I think I'm going to tackle my research paper before I start my math homework.
  2. She really needs to tackle the problem of her disorganization.

occupy the mind

There's nothing else that's occupying your mind.

When something is 'occupying your mind,' you are thinking or worrying about it. Notice the following:

  1. When you are nervous about something, it is going to have something to do that occupies the mind.
  2. I hate waiting, especially if I don't have something that occupies my mind.

more so than

Motivation is important, maybe more so than age.

'More so than' is another way of saying 'more than.' The example is saying that motivation is more important than age. Notice the following:

  1. My problem is with the humidity, even more so than the heat.
  2. I love spicy food, maybe more so than sweets.