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April 2, 2012


Filed under: announcements,self study,vocabulary — richardlstansfield @ 6:27 am

afford: (verb) can afford = to have enough money to buy something or enough time to do something

[e.g. I can’t afford a new car. = I don’t have enough money to buy a new car.]

allergic: (adjective) when you have a medical condition in which your body reacts badly to something that you eat, breathe, or touch

[e.g. I’m allergic to cats. When a cat is near, I get a runny nose.]

broke: (adjective) not have any money

noisy: (adjective) when people or things make a lot of loud, unpleasant sounds

can’t stand sby/sth = to hate somebody or something

wreck: (verb) to destroy or damage something completely

work out: (phrasal verb) to do exercises to make your body stronger

gym: (noun) a building with equipment for doing exercises; similar to health club

odd: (adjective) strange or unusual

avoid: (verb) to stay away from a person, place, situation, etc.

e.g. I try to avoid the topic of politics. = I try not to talk about politics.

karate: (noun) a sport from Japan in which people fight using fast, hard hits with the hands or feet

review: (noun) a report in a newspaper, magazine, or programme that gives an opinion about a new book, film, etc.

e.g. The film has had mixed reviews (= some good, some bad).

novel: (noun) a book that tells a story about imaginary people and events

pool: (noun) a game in which two people use long, thin sticks to hit coloured balls into holes around the edge of a table; similar to billiards

skill: (noun) the ability to do an activity or job well, especially because you have practised it

journalism: (noun) the work of writing articles for newspapers, magazines, television, or radio

meditate: (verb) to think calm thoughts for a long period in order to relax or as a religious activity

martial art: (noun) traditional skills of fighting, especially from East Asia
e.g. tae-kwon-do, from Korea; karate, from Japan

celebrity: (noun) a famous person

genre: (noun) a type of art or writing with a particular style

knit: (verb) to make clothes using wool and two long needles to join the wool into rows]

sew: (verb) to join things together with a needle and thread

crochet: (verb) to make clothes and other items using wool and a special needle with a hook at one end

cut down sth: (phrasal verb) to eat or drink less of something, or to reduce the amount or number of something

e.g. My doctor says I should cut down on cigarettes.

give up sth: (phrasal verb) to stop an unhealthy habit or stop having something unhealthy

e.g. I gave up smoking cigarettes.

enthusiasm: (noun) a lot of interest in something and wanting very much like to be involved in it

recipe: (noun) a list of foods and a set of instructions telling you how to cook something; e.g. “I have a recipe for carrot cake.”

freak: (noun) someone who is very interested in a particular subject or activity [informal], e.g. “My brother’s a bit of a computer freak.”

handyman: (noun) someone who is good at making things or repairing them

bookworm: (noun) someone who enjoys reading very much

daredevil: (noun) someone who enjoys doing dangerous things


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