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Vocabulary Quiz
freakish • indicative • hard to deny
backed up • complex • acres
  1. He lives on six of farmland.
  2. This software is too for me.
  3. Slow sales is of a poor product.
  4. It is that he is handsome.
  5. His opinion is with facts.
  6. We are having weather at the moment.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

1301 Climate Change

Paul and Amy talk about recents events with weather and their views on the matter.

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Vocabulary notes explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview. Students can listen to the pronunciation of the words, hear a basic definition and see examples of usage.

freakish

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Have you seen all these freakish weather events on the news?

Freakish means strange or unusual. Notice the following:

  1. I do not understand his freakish behavior.
  2. There was a freakish storm last night.

indicative

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It's kind of indicative of climate change.

Indicative means something is an indication, or sign, for something else. Notice the following:

  1. Stress can be indicative of something else.
  2. A long line at a restaurant is an indication of good food.

hard to deny

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I think it's hard to deny really.

If something is hard to deny, it is difficult to prove it is untrue. Notice the following:

  1. It is hard to deny that Brazil produces great football players.
  2. It is hard to deny that cars contribute to global warming.

backed up

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It's backed up by evidence and facts.

Backed up means supported by. Notice the following:

  1. He backed up his statement with hard facts.
  2. He backed up his claim of neglect with photos of the damage.

complex

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It's a very sort of complex issue.

Complex is the opposite of simple. Notice the following:

  1. This is a complex problem.
  2. We have a complex filing system at work.

acres

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We can't continue cutting down acres and acres of trees.

An acre is a large measurement of land (about .4 hectares). Notice the following:

  1. We live on five acres of farmland.
  2. There are acres and acres of fields where I live.