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October 7, 2013


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Unit 7: Going away …

backpacking: (noun) travelling or camping with your clothes and belongings in a backpack

bargain: (noun) something that is sold for less than its usual price or its real value

– example sentence: “At $8.95, it’s a bargain.”

binoculars: (noun) a piece of equipment for looking at things that are far away, made from two tubes with glass at the ends

cactus: (noun) a plant with thick leaves for storing water and often sharp points that grows in deserts (plural: cacti)

chapel: (noun) a small church, or a room used as a church in a building

currency: (noun) the units of money used in a particular country

embassy: (noun) the official group of people who live in a foreign country and represent their government there, or the building where they work

inflatable: (adjective) when an object has to be filled with air before you can use it

insect repellent: (noun) a substance that you use to keep insects away

jumbo jet: (noun) a very large aircraft for carrying passengers

lounge: (noun) a room in a hotel, theatre, airport, etc where people can relax or wait

parasol: (noun) a type of umbrella used for protection from the sun (especially by women)

Puerto Rico: (noun) an island in the Caribbean Sea. The people there have U.S. citizenship and speak Spanish and English. Ricky Martin is from there.

rug: (noun) a soft piece of material used to cover the floor

sauna: (noun) a room that is hot and filled with steam where people sit to relax or feel healthy

snorkel: (noun) a tube that you use to help you breathe if you are swimming with your face under water

spare: (adjective) something that is available to use, because it is extra and not being used

suitcase: (noun) a rectangular case with a handle that you use for carrying clothes when you are travelling

tropical: (adjective) from or in the hottest parts of the world

visa: (noun) an official mark in your passport (= document which proves your nationality) that allows you to enter or leave a particular country

windsurfer: (noun) a narrow board with a sail fixed to it which you hold, standing up, while the wind blows you along the surface of a sea or lake

Unit 8: At home

awful: (adjective) very bad, of low quality, or unpleasant

charity: (noun) an official organization that gives money, food, or help to people who need it

faucet: (noun) an object at the end of a pipe which you turn to control the flow of water

frame: (noun) a structure that goes around the edge of something such as a door, picture, window, or mirror

laundry: (noun) clothes, sheets, etc that need to be washed

permission: (noun) when you allow someone to do something

polite: (adjective) behaving in a way that is not rude (does not upset other people) and shows that you do not only think about yourself

receipt: (noun) a piece of paper that proves that you have received goods or money

spring cleaning: (noun) when you clean a place more carefully and using more effort than usual

taste: (noun) the particular things you like, such as styles of music, clothes, decoration, etc.

washing machine: (noun) a machine that washes clothes

weird: (adjective) very strange

Unit 9: Things happen

aerobics: (noun) physical exercises that you do to music, especially in a class

anecdote: (noun) a short story that you tell someone about something that happened to you or someone else

background: (noun) the situation that an event happens in, or things which have happened in the past which affect it

buttock: (noun) one of the two sides of your bottom

hip: (noun) one of the two parts of your body above your leg and below your waist

routine: (noun) the things you regularly do and how and when you do them

sprain: (verb) to injure part of your body by twisting it, but not so badly that it breaks

while: (conjunction) at the same time as; simultaneously; during the time that

passport: (noun) an official document, often a small book, that you need to enter or leave a country

bedtime: (noun) the time that you usually go to bed

as soon as: (adverb) immediately after; right after; at the same time or a very short time after


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