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1292 Life in Another Land

Chris talks about living away from his home country of Belgium and residing in Spain.

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as I said before

notesAs I said before, I'm 31.

We use this phrase when we repeat information. Notice the following:

  1. As I said before, you are very talented.
  2. As I said before, I cannot attend work tomorrow.

the typical story

notesMy life is the typical story.

A typical story is a common story or experience many people have. Notice the following:

  1. Her success is the typical story. She came to Hollywood, struggled and then got a lucky break.
  2. How my wife and I met is the typical story. We met in college, fell in love, and then got married.

in the end

notesIn the end, I did the whole season.

This phrase means 'eventually' and refers to an unplanned conclusion. Notice the following:

  1. In the end, we decided not to go to the movies.
  2. I was planning on going to France, but in the end, I went to Spain instead.

go back in time

notesYou go back in time.

When you go back in time, you imagine or feel like you are living in a previous era. Notice the following:

  1. When I hear 80's pop music, I always go back in time.
  2. We often wish we could go back in time and fix our mistakes.


notesGoing back is still neat.

Here, 'neat' means to be cool, fun, or interesting. Notice the following:

  1. That's a neat story.
  2. We went to this neat little cafe yesterday.

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