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Singer Linda Ronstadt reflects on her roots in new book

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die

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UK / daɪ /

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  • noun
  • Cube with dots numbering 1-6 on it used in games
  • verb
  • To cease to function or work
  • (Of a thing) to stop being used or done
  • (Of a person) to stop living

conductor

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  • noun
  • Material which can transfer electricity through it
  • Person who leads a musical group
  • Employee in charge of a train, bus etc.

grow

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  • verb
  • To get bigger and more mature; make plants do this
  • To improve; to develop better skills over time
  • To develop and become bigger or taller over time

song

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  • noun
  • Distinctive series of sounds made by a bird
  • Music with words that are sung to it
  • Art or tradition of singing

start

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  • noun
  • First time or place that a thing exists; beginning
  • First opportunity to achieve something, e.g. a job
  • Sudden action or movement because you are scared
  • other
  • Beginning of something in place or time
  • verb
  • To do, be or happen for the first time; begin
  • To turn something on

since

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  • adverb
  • At a point before the present time
  • conjunction
  • For this reason; because
  • preposition
  • From the time in the past that

yourself

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  • pronoun
  • Reflexive form of 'you', used for an emphasis

well

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  • adjecitve
  • Being in a fortunate, good condition or state
  • Healthy and in good condition
  • adverb
  • In an acceptable, proper, or successful manner
  • In a complete, total, or full manner
  • A great and considerable degree
  • In a successful way, in a good or satisfactory way
  • exclamation
  • Used to begin or continue a particular statement
  • Used to show you want to start saying something
  • Used to express that you are waiting for a reply
  • You say this to change the topic of a conversation
  • Used to indicate you are making a final remark
  • noun
  • Long deep hole in the ground to get water
  • verb
  • To cause your eyes to fill with tears

border

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  • noun
  • Outer part or edge of something
  • Line separating one country, state from another
  • verb
  • To be right next to another country or state
  • To form the edge of something
  • To form the edge of (road, etc.)

music

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  • noun
  • Sounds that are sung or played to give pleasure
  • Academic study of rhythms and sounds
  • Written symbols that represent musical sounds

much

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  • adjecitve
  • Very; to a high level or degree
  • adverb
  • A lot; large amount; a high degree of
  • Nearly; basically
  • On many occasions; often
  • noun
  • A large amount; a great quantity

standard

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  • adjecitve
  • Being the accepted normal level of quality
  • (Of a language) being the most accepted in a place
  • noun
  • Official unit of measuring something
  • Principle of behaving in a moral way

window

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  • noun
  • Opening in a wall or door to let in light
  • Opening in a wall through which people do business

ukulele

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  • noun
  • Small guitar having four strings

never

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  • adverb
  • Not ever; not at any time

special

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  • adjecitve
  • Being additional or extra
  • Different, better or greater than normal
  • noun
  • Heavily discounted sales item

traditional

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  • adjecitve
  • Involved in a custom or event common to a people

concert

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  • noun
  • Musical entertainment performed in public

for

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  • preposition
  • Used to show the purpose, or need of something

herself

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  • pronoun
  • Female person that did the original action

sharp

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  • adjecitve
  • Being very clear and easy to see
  • (Of clothes) nicely or stylishly
  • Being able to think, see, or understand quickly
  • Having a thin edge or point that is able to cut
  • Requiring a quick or sudden change in direction
  • Having a flavor that is very strong and distinct
  • adverb
  • At precisely the time given
  • Suddenly; immediately (of directions)
  • noun
  • Person's name
  • A musical tone

through

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  • adjecitve
  • having finished using or doing something
  • adverb
  • From the beginning of something until the end
  • preposition
  • Over, in, across an entire thing or place
  • Allowing you to pass between, or to
  • By a particular way or process; by the use of

time

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  • noun
  • Speed at which music is played; tempo
  • Point as shown on a clock, e.g. 3 p.m
  • Number of hours, minutes needed to do something
  • Occasion when something happens
  • Period or occasion that something occurred
  • Period in history or the past
  • Something measured in minutes, hours, days, etc.
  • How long an event takes; duration
  • verb
  • To check speed at which music is performed
  • To choose a specific moment to do something
  • To measure how long an event takes, e.g. a race
  • To schedule something to occur at a specific moment

why

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  • adverb
  • Question word to ask for a reason
  • exclamation
  • (Used to express surprise or approval)

california

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  • noun
  • A state in the western United States on the Pacific; the rd largest state; known for earthquakes

home

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  • adjecitve
  • A sports team's own field or place of play
  • adverb
  • Into the correct or intended position
  • noun
  • House, apartment or building to be rented or sold
  • Institution for sick or elderly people
  • Place where a person or a family lives
  • Country where a person lives or was born
  • Region that is native to peoples, plant or animals
  • verb
  • To move towards a particular target location

just

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  • adjecitve
  • Proper or appropriate; as is deserved
  • Doing or being what is right or fair
  • Legally correct; having enough evidence
  • adverb
  • Almost; nearly
  • Exactly at the time of
  • Exactly (the same as, like)

talk

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  • noun
  • Style of speaking
  • Discussion between two countries
  • Giving information in front of people; lecture
  • Saying things or ideas to someone with words
  • verb
  • To make a formal speech about something
  • To say things or ideas to someone with words

begin

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  • verb
  • To do the first part of an action; to start

mountainous

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  • adjecitve
  • Containing mountains; (land) with very high hills
  • A very large amount of something, e.g. work

sound

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  • adjecitve
  • Sensible, dependable and reliable
  • Unbroken or undisturbed, as of sleep
  • Firm or solid in structure
  • Sane; not mentally ill
  • Clearly reasoned; involving sense, good judgment
  • noun
  • Unique quality that characterizes a style of music
  • Waves traveling in air or water that can be heard
  • verb
  • To seem or appear to be, from what was said
  • To say in a clear deliberate manner
  • To make a noise, e.g. to ring a bell

such

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  • determiner
  • Being similar to
  • (Thing) as previously stated or referred to
  • adverb
  • (Used to emphasize the quality of an adjective)

title

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  • noun
  • Book produced by a publisher
  • Name given to something to identify or describe it
  • Name showing profession, marriage or social status
  • (Legal) the right to own something, e.g. property
  • Position of being the winner in a sport or contest
  • verb
  • To give a name to identify or describe something

fan

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  • noun
  • Thing you wave in front of your face to stay cool
  • Someone who admires a famous person, sport etc.
  • verb
  • To blow air upon a fire to make it stronger
  • To use a device to cool yourself, something

generation

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  • noun
  • Act or process of producing or causing something
  • People born and living at about the same time

myself

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  • pronoun
  • The same person who did the action mentioned
  • My regular, usual, or healthy self

pop

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  • adjecitve
  • Type of music or art popular with many people
  • noun
  • Sweet soda drink
  • verb
  • To cause something to open or burst suddenly
  • To go to or in a place for a brief period of time

occur

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  • verb
  • To come to pass or to happen

regularly

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  • adverb
  • At the usual time each day, week, or month

those

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  • determiner
  • The people or things we are talking about
  • pronoun
  • The objects far from the speaker

stuff

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  • noun
  • Generic description for things, materials, objects
  • verb
  • To push material inside something, with force

before

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  • adverb
  • At a time earlier than the present; previously
  • conjunction
  • In advance of something happening
  • preposition
  • In front of someone or something

flash

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  • noun
  • Sudden and brief appearance of something
  • Light used by a camera to brighten the area
  • Sudden feeling, idea or occurrence
  • Publicly exposing your genitals to others
  • Sudden bright light
  • Showing something very quickly and briefly
  • Light used in the dark, powered by batteries
  • verb
  • To appear suddenly and briefly
  • To publicly expose your genitals to others
  • To shine brightly very suddenly and briefly
  • To show something very quickly and briefly

have

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  • verb
  • To drink, smoke, eat or use something
  • To experience the effects of something
  • To organize an event, or join in an activity
  • To own, possess, or hold something
  • To cause to happen or produce a particular effect

last

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  • adjecitve
  • Most recent; the latest
  • The one before
  • adverb
  • Final; with nothing following; after all others
  • Most recent; the latest
  • determiner
  • The one at the end
  • verb
  • To remain or continue for a certain period of time

part

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  • adjecitve
  • To some degree; half; not fully
  • noun
  • Division of a book
  • Ratio of something, e.g. 3 of gin, 1 of tonic
  • A line in a person's hair, made with a comb
  • Character an actor plays on stage, movie, or TV
  • Some, but not all of a specific thing
  • Role in causing something to happen
  • verb
  • To make a line in a person's hair, by using a comb
  • To move two things apart creating a space
  • To leave someone, or to break off a relationship

father

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  • noun
  • A male parent
  • Man who is the first to do or invent something
  • verb
  • To create a child by making a woman pregnant

mixed

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  • verb
  • To combine two or more things to make one
  • To meet and get along with others, e.g. at a party

recently

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  • adverb
  • Just a while ago; not long ago

with

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  • preposition
  • As an employee of a certain company
  • Against something or someone
  • By using something as a means
  • Due to; because of
  • Including
  • Possessing as a feature
  • Related to
  • (Of the manner/attitude by which you do something)
  • Used to express that people or things are together

era

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  • noun
  • Period characterized by particular events, people

desert

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  • noun
  • Bare area of land, often with few plants and water
  • verb
  • To leave a place for ever; abandon
  • To leave when one is needed or expected to stay

film

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  • noun
  • Thin layer that covers something
  • Movie
  • verb
  • To record moving action with a camera

mind

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  • noun
  • One's opinion or way of thinking about something
  • Part of humans that allows us to think or feel
  • verb
  • To be bothered or upset by something
  • To take care of someone e.g. as a bodyguard

could

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  • other
  • Past form of 'can' to mean have ability
  • Used to ask for something politely, or to offer

know

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  • verb
  • To be familiar with a person or place, thing
  • To feel sure or be convinced about something
  • To discover or be aware of something
  • To be able to distinguish
  • To have knowledge of things

awful

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  • adjecitve
  • Very bad; horrible; terrible

decade

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  • noun
  • Period of 10 years

hear

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  • verb
  • To be aware of sound; to perceive with the ear
  • To be told or find out information or facts
  • To consider or listen to a court case

history

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  • noun
  • Established pattern or record
  • Study of past events as an academic subject

judy

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  • noun
  • The wife of Punch in the Punch and Judy show.

songwriter

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  • noun
  • Composer of words or music for popular songs

art

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  • noun
  • Creative skill using the imagination e.g. painting
  • A skill or talent you have

car

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  • noun
  • A vehicle with wheels and engine to carry people

boy

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  • noun
  • A young male person

plentiful

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  • adjecitve
  • Existing in large amounts or numbers

nelson

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  • noun
  • Any of several wrestling holds in which an arm is passed under the opponent's arm from behind and th
  • other
  • English admiral who defeated the French fleets of Napoleon but was mortally wounded at Trafalgar

see

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  • verb
  • To go on a date with someone
  • To predict whether something is, or will be true
  • To understand what someone says
  • To use your eyes to look at something
  • To visit a place often for sightseeing or pleasure
  • To visit or meet with someone
  • To find out by waiting or looking
  • To watch (a game, movie or TV show)

center

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  • noun
  • Community place people go health or social reasons
  • Place in the middle of something
  • Person or thing that is attracting attention
  • verb
  • To direct focus toward something

cure

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  • noun
  • Something that solves a problem or makes it better
  • Medical treatment making a sick person healthy
  • verb
  • To fix or improve a problem
  • To make someone healthy or make a disease go away
  • To keep food from going bad by drying or salting

extraordinary

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  • adjecitve
  • Beyond what is ordinary; very unusual; remarkable

grammy

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  • noun
  • Annual awards for musicians

opera

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  • noun
  • A type of play that is sung with classical music

scene

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  • noun
  • Incident where someone behaves angrily, badly
  • View that looks like a picture
  • Place where something particular happened
  • Part of an act in a play

twelve

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  • number
  • 12

feature

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  • adjecitve
  • Main; important
  • noun
  • Special report in a magazine or paper
  • Distinctive or important point of something
  • verb
  • To highlight or give special importance to

work

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  • adjecitve
  • Activity completed in order to make money
  • noun
  • The product of some artistic or literary endeavor
  • Everything created by an author, artist, musician
  • Activity you do in order to make money
  • Place of employment
  • Final product or result of a some labor or effort
  • verb
  • To bring into a specific state of success
  • To be functioning properly, e.g. a car
  • To do your job in your company or workplace
  • To make an effort to do something
  • To operate a machine or device

arranger

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  • noun
  • Musician who adapts music to a different style

else

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  • adverb
  • Otherwise; if you fail to
  • (Of person place thing etc.) besides; in addition

diagnose

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  • verb
  • To determine the cause of an illness or problem

move

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  • noun
  • Act of moving a playing piece in chess, etc.
  • An action; doing something
  • Step taken to achieve a goal
  • verb
  • To cause someone to have certain emotions
  • To cause something to change to a different place
  • To change where people live or a business operates
  • To take action to do or achieve something

quit

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  • other
  • To leave a school etc. without finishing
  • verb
  • To leave a job
  • To leave a place
  • To leave a school etc. without finishing
  • To end an action or activity

way

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  • adverb
  • Used to emphasize the amount of something
  • noun
  • Particular aspect of something being thought about
  • One of various choices that could be made
  • Particular existing condition or state
  • (Often long) distance or length of time
  • How something is done
  • Route to go to a place
  • Small street
  • Usual behavior, emotions or habits of someone

yes

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  • adverb
  • Way to say you agree or will do something

believe

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  • verb
  • To think or accept that something is true
  • To have a particular opinion about something

endure

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  • verb
  • To last for a long time; continue to exist
  • To accept difficulties without struggle

look

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  • noun
  • Person's beauty or physical attractiveness
  • Particular style of dress, clothes, or appearance
  • The way someone, something appears to be
  • Act of searching for or examining something
  • verb
  • To appear to be; seem

miss

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  • noun
  • Action of not hitting something or someone
  • Form of address to unmarried girl or woman
  • verb
  • To be absent
  • To fail to hit something e.g. a ball
  • To do without something
  • To fail to see or sense something
  • To fail to understand someone's message
  • To be too late to ride on something e.g. train
  • To feel you want to see someone who is not there

linda

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they

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  • pronoun
  • Two or more people, animals, or things

very

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning a large degree or amount
  • adverb
  • A lot; much; many
  • Used to stress or emphasize a noun

change

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  • noun
  • Exchange of one set of clothes for another
  • Money in the form of coins instead of paper
  • Money returned after giving too much
  • Act of making or becoming something else
  • verb
  • To exchange one set of clothes for another
  • To exchange one kind of money for another
  • To replace something with another thing
  • To make or become something else
  • To go from one train, bus, etc. and go to another

both

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  • determiner
  • Used to refer to two things at the same time
  • pronoun
  • Used to refer to two things at the same time

guitar

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US / gɪˈtɑ:(r) /

UK / ɡɪˈtɑr /

A2
  • noun
  • Stringed instrument played with the fingers

impression

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US / ɪmˈpreʃn /

UK / ɪmˈprɛʃən /

B1
  • noun
  • Effect or feeling resulting from an experience
  • Act of pressing into a material to make a pattern
  • Act of copying someone's speech or behavior

show

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US / ʃəʊ /

UK / ʃo /

A1
  • noun
  • False display of love, emotion or action
  • An event for displaying or promoting goods
  • Play, opera or theater production
  • Presentation that is broadcast on TV or radio
  • verb
  • To be easily seen or displayed
  • To display your emotions or feelings
  • To let someone see something; display
  • To explain or teach how something is done
  • To lead someone somewhere; point them to something
  • To prove something to be true, correct
  • To reveal or allow something to be seen

travel

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US / ˈtrævl /

UK / ˈtrævəl /

A1
  • noun
  • Going to other places, esp. distant places
  • verb
  • To go to a place that is far away

all

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US / ɔ:l /

UK / ɔl /

A1
  • adverb
  • Completely; totally
  • determiner
  • Being every one of something
  • pronoun
  • 100% of something; the complete amount

everyone

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US / ˈevriwʌn /

UK / ˈɛvriˌwʌn /

A1
  • pronoun
  • Every person; everybody

return

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US / rɪ'tɜ:n /

UK / rɪ'tɜ:rn /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Do again; repeated
  • noun
  • Faulty or unwanted product sent back to a company
  • Enter key; the main key on the computer keyboard
  • Profit made as a result of a business activity
  • Process of going back to a previous way or state
  • verb
  • To hit something back to the other player or team
  • To come back after being away from somewhere
  • To repay someone's actions, kindness etc.
  • To put, bring, take, give, or send something back
  • To occur again

who

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US / hu: /

UK / hu /

A1
  • pronoun
  • Which person
  • Used to introduce information about people

movement

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US / ˈmu:vmənt /

UK / ˈmuvmənt /

A2
  • noun
  • Part of a piece of classical music
  • Group with a shared interest or goal
  • Group sharing the same idea to change society, art
  • Action you do when exercising, e.g. in a gym
  • Part of a piece of music

mariachi

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US / ˌmæriˈɑ:tʃi /

UK / ˌmɑriˈɑtʃi /

A1
  • noun
  • Group of street musicians in Mexico

tucson

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US / 'tu:sɒn /

UK / tʊsɑ:n /

A1
  • proper noun
  • A city in southeastern Arizona; population 541,811 (est. 2008). Its desert climate makes it a touris

activity

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US / æk'tɪvətɪ /

UK / ækˈtɪvɪti /

A1
  • noun
  • An action or task, e.g. sports, washing clothes

jumble

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US / 'dʒʌmbl /

UK / ˈdʒʌmbəl /

B2
  • noun
  • Mass of objects thrown together without order

not

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US / nɒt /

UK / nɑt /

A1
  • adverb
  • Word indicating the negative
  • (Used to form the negative of verbs)

mother

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US / ˈmʌðə(r) /

UK / ˈmʌðɚ /

A1
  • noun
  • Female who has a child or children; female parent
  • verb
  • To take care of someone as if they were your child

our

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UK / aʊr /

A1
  • determiner
  • Belonging to us

relationship

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US / rɪˈleɪʃnʃɪp /

UK / rɪˈleʃənˌʃɪp /

A2
  • noun
  • Connection between two or more people or things
  • Way people interact or live with each other
  • Romantic or loving friendship between two people

whole

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US / həul /

UK / hol /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Complete or full; all of
  • Being in a good condition
  • noun
  • Complete amount or sum; total

ancestral

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US / ænˋsestrəl /

UK / ænˋsestrəl /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Concerning dead relatives

friend

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US / frend /

UK / frɛnd /

A1
  • noun
  • Person who you like and enjoy being with

now

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US / naʊ /

UK / naʊ /

A1
  • adverb
  • At the present time or moment
  • Right away or in the next possible moment
  • Used to refer to something that just happened
  • Time between the present and a moment in the past
  • conjunction
  • Resulting from or because of something

perform

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US / pə'fɔ:m /

UK / pɚˈfɔrm /

A1
  • verb
  • To carry out an action well or successfully
  • To entertain an audience by dancing, singing etc.

blue

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US / blu: /

UK / blu /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Color of the clear sky
  • Feeling sad or down

really

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US / ˈri:əli /

UK / ˈriəˌli, ˈrili /

A1
  • adverb
  • Used to stress something that is said; definitely
  • In a true or accurate manner
  • Very

would

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US / wʊd /

UK / wʊd /

A1
  • other
  • Used to indicate something imagined
  • Used to ask or request something politely
  • Verb used to indicate possibility, request etc.
  • Used to indicate a preference
  • Used to indicate a reaction
  • Indicates something that occurred repeatedly
  • Used to indicate willingness or ability to do

become

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US / bɪ'kʌm /

UK / bɪˈkʌm /

A1
  • verb
  • To begin to be; grow to be; develop into
  • To be suitable for a particular job or role

celebrity

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US / sə'lebrətɪ /

UK / səˈlɛbrɪti /

B2
  • noun
  • A (famous) entertainer known by many people

dream

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US / dri:m /

UK / drim /

A1
  • noun
  • A wish or hope for something to happen
  • Imagination or image of something you want
  • Images, thoughts, feelings experienced when asleep
  • verb
  • To wish for something to happen
  • To experience thoughts, images while asleep

mexico

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US / 'meksɪkəʊ /

UK / 'meksɪkoʊ /

A1
  • proper noun
  • A country in southwestern North America, with extensive coastlines on the Gulf of Mexico and the Pac

slow

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US / sləʊ /

UK / sloʊ /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Lacking activity, busyness or excitement
  • (Clock) showing time earlier than the actual time
  • Having difficulty understanding simple things
  • Moving or happening without speed; not fast
  • verb
  • To move, with less speed than before
  • To move or go without much speed

somebody

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US / 'sʌmbədɪ /

UK / ˈsʌmˌbɑdi, -ˌbʌdi, -bədi /

A1
  • noun
  • Important well-respected person
  • pronoun
  • Person who is not known or named

same

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US / seɪm /

UK / sem /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Being equal in quality and amount
  • Identical; not different
  • Not changing; constant

banjo

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US / ˈbændʒəʊ /

UK / ˈbændʒoʊ /

C1
  • noun
  • Guitar-like instrument with long neck, round body

can

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US / kæn /

UK / kən,kæn /

A1
  • noun
  • A metal container for storing food
  • other
  • Able to; have the skill to; have the time to
  • verb
  • To have permission to
  • To be possible to do
  • To preserve food by sealing it in a metal container

heritage

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US / 'herɪtɪdʒ /

UK / ˈhɛrɪtɪdʒ /

B1
  • noun
  • Traditional beliefs or customs of a culture

recent

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US / 'ri:snt /

UK / ˈrisənt /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Happening or beginning not long ago

record

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US / 'rekɔ:d /

UK / ˈrekərd /

A1
  • noun
  • Highest or most extreme level achieved
  • Round plastic disc on which music has been stored
  • History of a person's past actions or achievements
  • verb
  • To indicate a temperature, speed, etc.; register
  • To write down or say what happened
  • To put music, sounds onto a device to store it

surprise

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US / səˈpraɪz /

UK / sərˈpraɪz /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • That surprises you; not expected
  • noun
  • Something unexpected that slightly shocks you
  • verb
  • To do something that another person didn't expect

sense

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US / sens /

UK / sɛns /

A1
  • noun
  • Certain mental feeling or emotion
  • Normal or clear state of mind
  • Meaning of a particular word, phrase or text
  • verb
  • To perceive using sight, sound, taste touch etc.
  • To recognize the presence of something

book

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US / bʊk /

UK / bʊk /

A1
  • noun
  • Thing made of pages with writing on that you read
  • verb
  • (Police) to officially record someone's crimes
  • To reserve (hotel room, etc.) in advance
  • To produce a red or yellow card to a soccer player

photograph

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US / ˈfəʊtəgrɑ:f /

UK / ˈfoʊtəgræf /

A1
  • noun
  • Picture taken with a camera
  • verb
  • To take a picture with a camera

want

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US / wɔnt /

UK / wɑnt, wɔnt /

A1
  • noun
  • Something you desire or wish for
  • State or condition of poverty
  • verb
  • To desire or wish for something; hope for a thing

ability

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US / ə'bɪlətɪ /

UK / əˈbɪlɪti /

A2
  • noun
  • The power, resources or skill to do something

childhood

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US / ˈtʃaɪldhʊd /

UK / ˈtʃaɪldˌhʊd /

B1
  • noun
  • The time when you are a child

barrier

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US / 'bærɪə(r) /

UK / ˈbæriɚ /

B1
  • noun
  • Difficult situation preventing something happening
  • Structure or object that stops free movement

but

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US / bət /

UK / bʌt,bət /

A1
  • conjunction
  • Used before you say something different, opposite

english

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US / ˈɪŋglɪʃ /

UK / ˈɪŋɡlɪʃ /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Concerning the culture and people of England
  • noun
  • Language of the UK, USA, Nigeria and elsewhere
  • Person's name

good

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US / ɡʊd /

UK / ɡʊd /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Proper, appropriate or right
  • (Of an amount) enough; plenty
  • Excellent; high quality
  • Acting well or properly; of moral character
  • In a positive or happy emotional state
  • noun
  • Advantage or benefit

medal

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US / 'medl /

UK / ˈmɛdl /

B1
  • noun
  • Metal award, often round, usually for courage

life

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US / laɪf /

UK / laɪf /

A1
  • noun
  • All the living things e.g. animals, plants, humans
  • Period of time things live, from birth to death

star

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US / stɑ:(r) /

UK / stɑr /

A1
  • noun
  • Very famous person, usually an entertainer
  • Someone who does something very well
  • Your horoscope
  • A bright planet of hot gas in the night sky
  • A 5-6 sided asterisk-shape
  • verb
  • To perform or play a main role in a movie, play
  • To do something very well
  • To mark with a 5-6 sided asterisk-shape

ancestry

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US / ˈænsestri /

UK / ˈænˌsɛstri /

B2
  • noun
  • Family or race from which a person is descended

horrified

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US / 'hɒrɪfaɪd /

UK / ˈhɔrəˌfaɪd /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • Very annoyed or disapproving; shocked
  • verb
  • To cause someone to feel horror or shock

governor

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US / ˈgʌvənə(r) /

UK / ˈgʌvərnə(r) /

B2
  • noun
  • Person who leads a state or province

presidential

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US / ˌprezɪ'denʃl /

UK / ˌprɛzɪˈdɛnʃəl /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Concerning the president

real

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US / rɪəl /

UK / ˈriəl, ril /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Actually existing or happening, not imagined
  • Being important or special

sometimes

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US / ˈsʌmtaɪmz /

UK / ˈsʌmˌtaɪmz /

A1
  • adverb
  • Only at certain times; occasionally

zone

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US / zəʊn /

UK / zoʊn /

B1
  • noun
  • Area of space designated for a particular use
  • verb
  • To divide an area for a particular reason

back

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US / bæk /

UK / bæk /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Farthest from the front e.g. in a classroom
  • adverb
  • Have returned to a place you were before
  • noun
  • The part of a chair that the upper body leans upon
  • Location at the rear of something
  • The reverse of side something
  • Area on the rear of your body
  • verb
  • To bet money on something
  • To go backwards in a car
  • To support and encourage someone or some cause

and

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US / ənd /

UK / ənd, ən,ænd /

A1
  • conjunction
  • Used to refer to two or more things
  • Plus; in addition; on top of that
  • Used to introduce an action that follows another

hope

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US / həʊp /

UK / hop /

A1
  • noun
  • When you wish something will happen; what you wish
  • verb
  • To expect and want something to happen

culture

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US / 'kʌltʃə(r) /

UK / ˈkʌltʃɚ /

A2
  • noun
  • Beliefs and customs of a particular group

harsh

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US / hɑ:ʃ /

UK / hɑrʃ /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Rough; tough; hard to experience or accept
  • Being severe and unkind

major

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US / 'meɪdʒə(r) /

UK / ˈmedʒɚ /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Main league; esp. referring to American baseball
  • Important, serious, or large in scope, size
  • noun
  • High-ranking officer in the army
  • Main subject you study at university
  • verb
  • To study a particular subject at university

lot

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US / lɒt /

UK / lɑt /

A1
  • noun
  • What happens to a person in life from chance; fate
  • A group of people seen together
  • Item for sale at an auction
  • Small area of land used for a purpose e.g. parking

dad

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US / dæd /

UK / dæd /

A1
  • noun
  • Another word for father

oblivious

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US / əˈblɪviəs /

UK / əˈblɪviəs /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • Being unaware of someone or something

something

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US / ˈsʌmθɪŋ /

UK / ˈsʌmθɪŋ /

A1
  • adverb
  • In some degree or measure
  • noun
  • a person or thing of some value or consequence
  • pronoun
  • Thing that is not yet known or named
  • Approximately

garden

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US / ˈgɑ:dn /

UK / ˈgɑ:rdn /

A2
  • noun
  • Yard; ground outside your house to grow plants
  • Public park in which visitors can see flowers
  • verb
  • To work in a yard to grow plants, vegetables

from

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US / frəm /

UK / frʌm, frɑm,frəm /

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  • preposition
  • Starting at a particular place, time or level

national

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US / 'næʃnəl /

UK / ˈnæʃənəl, ˈnæʃnəl /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Concerning a nation as a whole
  • noun
  • A person of a particular country

out

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US / aʊt /

UK / aʊt /

A1
  • adverb
  • No longer stylish (e.g. fashion)
  • Away from home, business, or the usual place
  • In a direction/movement away from inside or center
  • noun
  • Act when a batter cannot continue playing
  • verb
  • To tell people a secret

over

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US / 'əʊvə(r) /

UK / ˈovɚ /

A1
  • adverb
  • Finished; no longer happening
  • Towards the ground/away from a standing position
  • noun
  • A set of six consecutive balls bowled in cricket
  • other
  • Finished
  • preposition
  • Showing the relation when a thing is above another
  • On or covering something
  • Above or across something
  • More than you need
  • From one side to the other
  • In the direction of; toward

steen

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US / stin /

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  • noun
  • A variety of white grape grown in South Africa.

consecutive

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US / kənˈsekjətɪv /

UK / kənˈsɛkjətɪv /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • Following one after the other in order

early

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US / ˈɜ:li /

UK / ˈɜ:rli /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Happening or appearing before
  • adverb
  • Coming/happening before others in a time sequence
  • Happening sooner than expected

recipe

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US / 'resəpɪ /

UK / ˈrɛsəˌpi /

B1
  • noun
  • Conditions likely to create a particular result
  • Directions for making a dish, with the ingredients

throughout

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US / θru:ˈaʊt /

UK / θruˈaʊt /

A2
  • adverb
  • From the beginning of something until the end
  • preposition
  • Over/across an entire place/thing; in every part

ambition

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US / æmˈbɪʃn /

UK / æmˈbɪʃən /

A2
  • noun
  • Desire to win or be successful in life, work

any

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US / 'enɪ /

UK / ˈɛni /

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  • adjecitve
  • One, or some, no matter which
  • pronoun
  • One (thing) of many; some

company

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US / 'kʌmpənɪ /

UK / ˈkʌmpəni /

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  • noun
  • Good feeling from being with someone else
  • A business that sells things or provides services
  • Guests, especially in your home
  • Being with another person rather than alone

come

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US / kʌm /

UK / kʌm /

A1
  • verb
  • To arrive at a place
  • (Of mail) to be delivered
  • To move toward someone; go with someone
  • To reach a certain point or state

help

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US / help /

UK / hɛlp /

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  • noun
  • Something given to enable a person to do something
  • Assistance given to someone in need
  • Someone who makes something easier or possible
  • verb
  • To act to enable a person to do something; assist
  • To make something better or less difficult

newshour

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US / ɪn'vælɪd /

UK / ˈɪnvəlɪd /

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think

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US / θɪŋk /

UK / θɪŋk /

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  • verb
  • To have an idea about something without certainty
  • To have an idea, opinion or belief about something

call

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US / kɔ:l /

UK / kɔl /

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  • noun
  • A order or request for action
  • The sound an animal makes, often when in danger
  • A correct prediction, e.g. a decision in a game
  • A short visit to a place or person
  • A decision by a referee or umpire in a game
  • verb
  • To make a request or order for action
  • (Animal) to make sounds to warn of danger
  • To announce the date of an election
  • To make a judgment about something
  • To give someone or something a name
  • To guess in advance the result or outcome
  • To visit a place or person for a short time
  • To phone someone
  • To speak, announce or shout in a loud voice

leave

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US / li:v /

UK / liv /

A1
  • noun
  • Permission to do something
  • Vacation time; time off work
  • verb
  • To go away from; depart
  • To gift property to someone after you die
  • To allow something to continue happening
  • To let something remain unused or available
  • To let something or someone remain somewhere

kennedy

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US / ˈkenɪdi: /

UK / ˈkɛnɪdi /

A1
  • noun
  • A large airport on Long Island to the east of New York City

where

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US / hwɛə /

UK / hwɛr, wɛr /

A1
  • conjunction
  • At or in the place which
  • In whatever place
  • pronoun
  • Word you use to ask the location of something

fame

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US / feɪm /

UK / fem /

B1
  • noun
  • (Person, thing) being well-known by many people

rare

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US / reə(r) /

UK / rɛr /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • (Of meat) cooked, but still red and juicy
  • Unusual or out of the ordinary; not common

album

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US / 'ælbəm /

UK / ˈælbəm /

A2
  • noun
  • Book with a collection of photographs or pictures

either

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US / ˈaɪðə(r) /

UK / ˈiðɚ, ˈaɪðɚ /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • One of two (used when there is a choice of two)
  • adverb
  • (After negative statements) likewise, in addition
  • conjunction
  • Used as the first of two connected things
  • determiner
  • Used as the first of two connected things
  • pronoun
  • The one or the other

new

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US / nju: /

UK / nu, nju /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Not old, recently born, built or made
  • Being or doing something for the first time
  • Not felt, seen or known previously
  • Having been recently bought or obtained

pirate

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US / 'paɪrət /

UK / ˈpaɪrɪt /

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  • noun
  • Person who attacks ships in order to steal things
  • verb
  • To copy or sell a product illegally
  • To steal things from ships by force

satisfied

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US / ˈsætɪsfaɪd /

UK / ˈsætɪsˌfaɪd /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Happy because you got what you wanted; content
  • verb
  • To make someone happy because they got their wish
  • To do what is required in order to finish

certain

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US / ˈsə:tn /

UK / ˈsɚtn /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Definite, fixed
  • Referring to an unspecified amount or quantity
  • Being sure about something; without doubt

palsy

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US / ˈpɔ:lzi /

UK / ˈpɔlzi /

C1
  • noun
  • Condition that causes loss of control over muscles

osmosis

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US / ɒzˈməʊsɪs /

UK / ɑ:zˈmoʊsɪs /

A1
  • noun
  • Diffusion of molecules through a semipermeable membrane from a place of higher concentration to a pl

actually

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US / ˈæktʃuəli /

UK / ˈæktʃuəli /

A1
  • adverb
  • Used to add new (often different) information

comfort

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US / 'kʌmfət /

UK / ˈkʌmfət /

A2
  • noun
  • Acts or words that reduce pain or sadness
  • State of being relaxed, warm or happy
  • verb
  • To try to make distressed person feel better

speak

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US / spi:k /

UK / spik /

A1
  • verb
  • To be able to use a certain language
  • To use words to tell information, express thoughts

sell

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US / sel /

UK / sɛl /

A1
  • verb
  • To exchange something for money
  • To persuade people to do, like or agree

terrain

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US / təˈreɪn /

UK / təˈren /

B1
  • noun
  • Characteristics (e.g. rough) of a piece of land

age

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US / eɪdʒ /

UK / edʒ /

A1
  • verb
  • To keep food, wine for a long time to improve it
  • To get older
  • noun
  • Period of time in history
  • Number of years a person or thing has lived

continue

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US / kən'tɪnju: /

UK / kənˈtɪnju /

A1
  • verb
  • To do something without stopping, or after pausing
  • To start doing again after a break, pause, or stop

portrait

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US / ˈpɔ:trit /

UK / ˈpɔrtrɪt,-ˌtret,ˈpor- /

B1
  • noun
  • Picture of a person's head and shoulders
  • Detailed representation of someone in film, etc.

series

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US / ˈsɪəri:z /

UK / ˈsɪriz /

A1
  • noun
  • Set of stories or articles on a particular subject
  • other
  • Number of things that happen one after another

beautiful

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US / 'bju:tɪfl /

UK / ˈbjutəfəl /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Having dome something well
  • Being very attractive or appealing physically

true

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US / tru: /

UK / tru: /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Agreeing with the facts; not false; real or actual

visit

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US / ˈvɪzɪt /

UK / ˈvɪzɪt /

A1
  • noun
  • Trip to a place for a time, usually for a reason
  • verb
  • To go to a place for a time, usually for a reason

feel

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US / fi:l /

UK / fil /

A1
  • verb
  • To be aware of or experience an emotion, sensation
  • To sense through direct contact; touch

listen

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US / ˈlɪsn /

UK / ˈlɪsən /

A1
  • verb
  • To carefully consider what someone is saying

past

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US / pɑ:st /

UK / pæst /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • No longer current or new
  • adverb
  • So as to go beyond, or further than something
  • noun
  • Time that existed before now, e.g. long ago
  • preposition
  • After a particular time
  • At a later point in distance; beyond

singer

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US / ˈsɪŋə(r) /

UK / ˈsɪŋɚ /

A1
  • noun
  • Person who sings, often as a profession

side

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US / saɪd /

UK / saɪd /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • In addition to the central or most important thing
  • Next to, or very close to, the right or left of
  • noun
  • Position or opinion that is opposite to another
  • Right or left part of a person's body
  • Feature of someone's personality
  • Straight edge of an object
  • One of two or more groups fighting each other
  • verb
  • To decide to agree with one point, not the other

appear

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US / ə'pɪə(r) /

UK / əˈpɪr /

A1
  • verb
  • To be seen, become visible; come into sight
  • To seem to be
  • To act in a play, movie, or be mentioned in media

always

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US / 'ɔ:lweɪz /

UK / ˈɔlwez,-wɪz,-wiz /

A1
  • adverb
  • For a very long time
  • At all times; in every situation
  • For ever

many

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US / 'menɪ /

UK / ˈmɛni /

A1
  • determiner
  • Used to refer a large number of things

will

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US / wɪl /

UK / wɪl /

A1
  • noun
  • Desire or choice of someone
  • Document saying who gets your money when you die
  • Strong desire to do something; determination
  • Desire to do something; strong wish to do
  • other
  • Used with verbs to express the future
  • verb
  • To leave property to someone after your death
  • To use mental effort to make something happen
  • Am (is, are) likely to do
  • To influence someone to do something
  • To make something happen by strongly wanting it

bravely

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US / 'breɪvlɪ /

UK / ˈbrevlɪ /

B1
  • adverb
  • With courage; without being stopped by danger

four

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US / fɔ:(r) /

UK / fɔr, for /

A1
  • number
  • 4

million

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US / ˈmɪljən /

UK / ˈmɪljən /

A1
  • number
  • 1,000,000

piano

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US / piˈænəʊ /

UK / piˈæno, ˈpjæno /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • In a soft and quiet manner (on the piano)
  • noun
  • Keyboard instrument used for playing music

publish

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US / 'pʌblɪʃ /

UK / ˈpʌblɪʃ /

A2
  • verb
  • To prepare and make available a book magazine etc.
  • To release information to the general public

woodruff

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US / ˈwʊdrʌf /

UK / ˈwʊdrəf /

A1
  • noun
  • Old World fragrant stoloniferous perennial having small white flowers and narrow leaves used as flav

play

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US / pleɪ /

UK / pleɪ /

A1
  • noun
  • Loose, free movement between two objects
  • Single action in a sports game
  • Performance in which people act in a theater
  • verb
  • To act as a character in a movie, or on stage
  • To perform music on an instrument
  • To use a device, e.g. a video game
  • To do something for enjoyment and fun
  • To do or perform a game or sport

this

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US / ðɪs /

UK / ðɪs /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Used to indicate something already been discussed
  • Used to indicate something happening around now
  • adverb
  • An indication by a physical motion or gesture
  • A specific amount of
  • determiner
  • Person, thing, or idea near you
  • pronoun
  • Person, thing that has already been discussed

also

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US / 'ɔ:lsəʊ /

UK / ˈɔlso /

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  • adverb
  • In addition; too; in a similar way

kind

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US / kaɪnd /

UK / kaɪnd /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • In a caring and helpful manner
  • friendly and considerate
  • noun
  • One type of thing

woman

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US / ˈwʊmən /

UK / ˈwʊmən /

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  • noun
  • Adult female human being

year

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US / jə: /

UK / jɪr /

A1
  • noun
  • Unit of time equal to 12 months or 365 or 366 days
  • Used to refer to the age of a person

you

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US / jʊ /

UK / ju /

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  • pronoun
  • Person someone is speaking or writing to
  • Person or people in general

correspondent

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US / ˌkɒrəˈspɒndənt /

UK / ˌkɔrɪˈspɑndənt, ˌkɑr- /

B1
  • noun
  • Journalist, as one reporting from other countries

hall

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US / hɔ:l /

UK / hɔl /

A2
  • noun
  • Area just inside the entrance of a building
  • Large room/building for public events/gatherings
  • Large, impressive older home
  • Part of the name of a building

three

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US / θri: /

UK / θri /

A1
  • number
  • Number 3

badly

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US / ˈbædli /

UK / ˈbædli /

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  • adverb
  • Not in a good way; not as wanted or liked
  • To a severe degree; very much
  • In an unkind or unfavorable manner

differently

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US / 'dɪfrəntlɪ /

UK / ˈdɪfərəntlɪ /

A2
  • adverb
  • In another and different manner

favourite

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US / ˈfeɪvərɪt /

UK / 'fevərɪt /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Best liked or most enjoyed
  • noun
  • A thing that someone likes best or enjoys most

imagination

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US / ɪˌmædʒɪˈneɪʃn /

UK / ɪˌmædʒəˈneʃən /

A2
  • noun
  • Ability to creates new ideas and mental images

dance

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US / dɑ:ns /

UK / dæns /

A1
  • noun
  • A series of steps and movements in time to music
  • A social event with dancing while music is playing
  • verb
  • To move your body rhythmically to music

into

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US / 'ɪntə /

UK / ˈɪntu /

A1
  • preposition
  • Moving or going inside something
  • In the same direction as; in the direction of
  • So as to become; taking the state of

love

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US / lʌv /

UK / lʌv /

A1
  • noun
  • Person's name
  • A very strong feeling of affection
  • The person you care very deeply about
  • Strong, deep emotional and sexual attraction
  • verb
  • To care for and like someone very strongly, deeply
  • To like doing very much; enjoy greatly
  • To feel a strong emotional and romantic attraction

one

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US / wʌn /

UK / wʌn /

A1
  • pronoun
  • You; we; people in general; someone
  • The thing or person previously referred to
  • adjecitve
  • Used to refer to people generally
  • Being a strong example of (something mentioned)
  • number
  • Number 1

rock

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US / rɒk /

UK / rɑk /

A1
  • noun
  • Type of popular music with a strong, loud beat
  • Strong, tough person who can be relied upon
  • Big stone; hard, solid substance forming mountains
  • verb
  • To be greatly upset by something, e.g. a death
  • To be extremely effective or pleasing
  • To play, sing along with, or dance to heavy music
  • To move back and forth or from side to side

pull

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US / pʊl /

UK / pʊl /

A1
  • noun
  • Act of breathing in smoke, as from a pipe
  • Force something has that draws other things to it
  • Using your hands to move something to you
  • verb
  • To breathe in smoke, as from a pipe
  • To hold something and move it toward you
  • To remove something by force

strength

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US / streŋθ /

UK / strɛŋkθ, strɛŋθ, strɛnθ /

A2
  • noun
  • Condition of being strong

won

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US / wʌn /

UK / wʌn, won /

A1
  • verb
  • To gain something you want because of your efforts
  • To succeed in a game or contest

big

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US / bɪɡ /

UK / bɪɡ /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Popular
  • Serious
  • Large

easily

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US / ˈi:zəli /

UK / ˈizəli /

A1
  • adverb
  • Clearly; without doubt; certainly
  • Without difficulty

person

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US / 'pɜ:sn /

UK / 'pɜ:rsn /

A1
  • noun
  • Man, woman or child

spanish

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US / ˈspænɪʃ /

UK / ˈspænɪʃ /

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning the culture and people of Spain

the

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US / ðə /

UK / ðə /

A1
  • article
  • Used to refer to something already mentioned
  • Used to show there is only one of something
  • determiner
  • Used to describe all of a family

angeles

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US / ˈeɪndʒəlz /

UK / ˈændʒəlɪs /

A1

candidate

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US / ˈkændɪdət /

UK / ˈkændɪˌdet, -dɪt /

B1
  • noun
  • Politician who is running for public office

canvas

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US / ˈkænvəs /

UK / ˈkænvəs /

B1
  • noun
  • Special cloth on which an artist paints a picture
  • other
  • Thick, strong cloth used e.g. to make sails

diminish

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US / dɪˈmɪnɪʃ /

UK / dɪˈmɪnɪʃ /

B1
  • verb
  • To make something smaller or less important
  • To imply someone's reputation is less good
  • To become or cause to become less in size, value

stand

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US / stænd /

UK / stænd /

A1
  • noun
  • Effort to fight against something
  • Piece of furniture; device to hold or support
  • Place in a stadium where spectators watch
  • Table where things are sold at a fair or market
  • verb
  • To be a candidate in an election
  • To be able to accept someone, something; bear
  • To last for a long time
  • To be upright; not be sitting or lying down
  • To place something in a particular position; place
  • To be (as stated)
  • To still be valid
  • To have an opinion about something

body

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US / ˈbɒd.i /

UK / ˈbɑdi /

A1
  • noun
  • An object distinct from other objects
  • A group of people involved in an activity together
  • Main part of something
  • A person's physical self

make

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US / meɪk /

UK / mek /

A1
  • noun
  • Product made by a particular company; brand
  • verb
  • To arrange or prepare something e.g. dinner
  • To get to (a place) on time
  • To gain the status of (teacher, lawyer, etc.)
  • To create something by putting things together
  • To earn a certain amount of money at a job
  • To cause or force a person to do something
  • To cause something to happen or be formed

down

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US / daʊn /

UK / daʊn /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Being sad, sick, or unhappy
  • Not operating, working, or functioning as expected
  • adverb
  • In a sitting or lying position
  • Towards or on the ground, floor, or bottom
  • Written or copied onto a piece of paper or book
  • noun
  • A period of play in American Football
  • The soft, smooth hairs that cover a bird's body
  • preposition
  • Along something's path, course, or direction
  • Going from a higher position to a lower position
  • verb
  • To eat or drink very quickly and without stopping

family

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US / 'fæməlɪ /

UK / ˈfæmli /

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  • noun
  • Close group of people or organizations
  • A group of people who are related through blood
  • Group of related plants or animals

honor

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US / 'ɒnə(r) /

UK / ˈɑnɚ /

B2
  • noun
  • Award you get for doing well; prize, title, etc.
  • Chance to do something special; privilege
  • Respect given to someone who is admired
  • Good standing a person has in a community
  • verb
  • To fulfill an agreement
  • To give an award to someone
  • To respect someone or something

include

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US / ɪnˈklu:d /

UK / ɪnˈklud /

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  • verb
  • To make someone, something part of a group

humor

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US / 'hju:mə /

UK / ˈhjumɚ /

B1
  • noun
  • Quality that makes something funny
  • Mood that a person is in
  • other
  • To pretend to agree with so they don't get upset
  • verb
  • To pretend to agree with so they don't get upset
  • To agree with someone but don't really mean it

recording

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US / rɪˈkɔ:dɪŋ /

UK / rɪˈkɔrdɪŋ /

A1
  • noun
  • Music stored on a device, DVD etc.
  • verb
  • To indicate a temperature, speed, etc.; register
  • To write down or say what happened
  • To put music, sounds onto a device to store it

then

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US / ðen /

UK / ðɛn /

A1
  • adverb
  • A time that is not now
  • Following another thing in time or arrangement
  • Following on reasonably from what was just stated
  • At that time, not now

step

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US / step /

UK / stɛp /

A1
  • noun
  • Movement done as part of a particular dance
  • Distance covered by one movement of a leg; stride
  • One part or stage in a process
  • Sound made by the feet while walking; footstep
  • Flat horizontal piece that forms stairs
  • verb
  • To raise and moving the foot to put it down

own

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US / əʊn /

UK / on /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Belong to oneself
  • determiner
  • Yours, his, hers, etc.; not belonging to another
  • pronoun
  • (Something) belong to myself
  • verb
  • To have something as your property

place

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US / pleɪs /

UK / ples /

A1
  • noun
  • Particular location, area or region
  • verb
  • To put someone in a particular type of situation
  • To put something in a certain location or position

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US / ˈplætɪnəm /

UK / ˈplætnəm /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • Made from the silver metal platinum
  • noun
  • Very expensive silver-colored metal

offer

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US / 'ɒfə(r) /

UK / ˈɔfɚ, ˈɑfɚ /

A1
  • noun
  • Price you say you are willing to pay for something
  • Act of making a thing available to be accepted
  • verb
  • To suggest a price you are willing to pay
  • To give the opportunity to accept something
  • To say you are willing to do something
  • To give or say something as an act of worship

sing

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US / sɪŋ /

UK / sɪŋ /

A1
  • verb
  • To make musical sounds with your voice

suddenly

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US / ˈsʌdənli /

UK / ˈsʌdn:lɪ /

A1
  • adverb
  • In an unexpected or very quick manner

watch

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US / wɒtʃ /

UK / wɑtʃ /

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  • noun
  • Period of time someone is responsible for guarding
  • Device you wear on your wrist that shows the time
  • Official warning statement, e.g. of bad weather
  • verb
  • To keep in check, manage, or control something
  • To look at something for entertainment, e.g. TV
  • To guard a place or people; protect child, etc.
  • To look at carefully to work out what is happening
  • To protect and care for someone or something

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US / ˌbækˈjɑ:d /

UK / ˌbækˈjɑ:rd /

C2
  • adjecitve
  • Made in an amateurish or non-professional way
  • noun
  • Yard or garden behind a house

about

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US / ə'baʊt /

UK / əˈbaʊt /

A1
  • adverb
  • To be ready to; going to
  • Nearly; approximately; roughly
  • Near; next to; close to
  • In every direction; in the area of
  • preposition
  • Concerning or of (a topic)

current

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US / 'kʌrənt /

UK / ˈkɚrənt, ˈkʌr- /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Happening or being in the present time
  • noun
  • Electricity flowing through wires
  • Movement of water in a river, or air in the sky

different

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US / ˈdɪfrənt /

UK / ˈdɪfrənt /

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  • adjecitve
  • Not of the same kind; unlike other things

eye

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US / aɪ /

UK / aɪ /

A1
  • noun
  • The part of the body that you see with
  • The skill to see the good and bad parts of a thing
  • Hole at the end of a needle
  • verb
  • To watch or study something closely

even

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US / 'i:vn /

UK / ˈivən /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Being equal in influence, power, possibility etc.
  • Being divided equally or fairly
  • (Of teams/contest) with similar chances of success
  • Smooth, level, or regular
  • Can be divided by 2; ending in 2, 4, 6, 8, or 0
  • At a regular, equally steady manner
  • Remaining steady and unchanging
  • adverb
  • (When this is surprising) as well; too
  • (Used to compare two things/stress the difference)
  • verb
  • To make something level; to flatten
  • To make something equal

like

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US / laɪk /

UK / laɪk /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Being equal in status or kind to something else
  • Similar; the same
  • adverb
  • For example
  • preposition
  • Used as a filler; used to ad emphasis
  • In a way similar to the way something is done
  • Such as; for example
  • verb
  • To want to
  • To find something pleasing; to prefer something

people

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US / 'pi:pl /

UK / ˈpipəl /

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  • noun
  • Persons sharing culture, country, background, etc.
  • Men, Women, Children

what

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US / wɒt /

UK / hwɑt, hwʌt, wɔt, wʌt,hwət, wət /

A1
  • pronoun
  • Thing or things that; the same kind as
  • Used to emphasize something you are about to say
  • adjecitve
  • Used to refer to a particular amount, or number
  • Used to place emphasis on a particular quality
  • adverb
  • To a certain degree
  • determiner
  • Question words used for asking for information
  • exclamation
  • Used to express excitement, shock, or surprise
  • Used to ask people to repeat something they said

that

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US / ðæt /

UK / ðæt, ðət /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • The person or thing being talked about
  • Used to identify something both the speakers know
  • adverb
  • Used to reinforce adjectives and adverbs
  • To such a degree
  • conjunction
  • Used to connect a noun clause
  • Used to introduce an adverbial clause
  • Used to introduce a noun clause
  • determiner
  • Used as a noun to refer to something
  • pronoun
  • Referring an object far away
  • Used to refer to the relative pronoun ‘which’

week

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US / wi:k /

UK / wik /

A1
  • noun
  • Period of seven days from Sunday to Saturday

mexican

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US / ˈmeksɪkən /

UK / ˈmɛksɪkən /

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning the culture and people of Mexico
  • noun
  • Person from Mexico

master

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US / 'mɑ:stə(r) /

UK / ˈmæstɚ /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Being very skilled at doing something
  • Being the main or most important thing or part
  • noun
  • Someone who is very skilled at doing something
  • Holding a higher degree from a university
  • Male teacher
  • Owner of an animal, e.g. a dog
  • verb
  • To gain control over something
  • To learn to do something very well

she

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US / ʃɪ /

UK / ʃi /

A1
  • pronoun
  • Female person or animal mentioned before
  • (Refers to female person mentioned before)

aware

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US / əˈwɛə /

UK / əˈwɛr /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Knowing or feeling that something exists

firm

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US / fɜ:m /

UK / fɚm /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Fairly hard or solid, not soft
  • Unchanging and strong
  • noun
  • Company that sells goods or services
  • verb
  • To make something become more solid or durable

first

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US / fɜ:st /

UK / fɚst /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • 1st; Coming before all others in time or place
  • noun
  • Something that has not happened before
  • Position of the winner of a competition

exciting

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US / ɪkˈsaɪtɪŋ /

UK / ɪkˈsaɪtɪŋ /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Creating interest, happiness or pleasurable fear
  • verb
  • To cause a reaction; make active
  • To make someone feel happy, interested or eager

hard

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US / hɑ:d /

UK / hɑː(r)d /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Difficult to do; difficult to understand
  • (Of facts) not able to be misunderstood; clear
  • (Of alcohol) strong
  • Involving or requiring lots of work, effort, care
  • Being full of pain, trouble, and problems
  • Strong
  • (Of edge) clear; sharp
  • Difficult to bend, break or cut; solid
  • adverb
  • With lots of force, power, or impact

get

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US / ɡet /

UK / ɡɛt /

A1
  • verb
  • To become affected by illness or disease
  • To begin to feel or understand an emotion or idea
  • To send or bring someone or something home, etc.
  • To go somewhere to obtain something
  • To (cause to) do a particular thing
  • To obtain, receive or be given something
  • To currently have
  • To prepare for use
  • To understand something being said or read

padre

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US / ˈpɑːdreɪ /

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  • Spanish name for a Christian priest

present

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  • Being in attendance; being there; having turned up
  • noun
  • Gift
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  • Current time; now
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  • To introduce someone to others
  • To host a program on television or radio
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  • To appear or happen
  • To give an award or prize to someone

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  • Success in beating the other team or competitors
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  • To get something as a prize because of a success
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  • Plan for a new law being discussed by a government
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  • To request payment by handing over an invoice

hit

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  • A planned killing, usually for money
  • Song, movie etc. that is successful
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  • To have a negative impact on a person/place/thing
  • To press something, such as a button or switch
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  • To (strongly) advise a person to do something
  • To be able to guess
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ground

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  • Connection of electrical equipment to earth
  • Place where people play particular sports
  • Solid surface of the earth that we stand on
  • verb
  • To break (coffee, etc.) into tiny bits with machine
  • To make loud jarring noise by pressing hard
  • To make sharp or smooth through friction
  • To press together with force making a sound
  • To punish someone by not allowing them to go out
  • To hit the bottom
  • (Of boat) to hit the bottom so it cannot move
  • To prevent a plane from taking off
  • To place the ball over the goal line in rugby
  • Introduction to Video Content
  • Singer Linda Ronstadt reflects on her roots in new bookLinda Ronstadt, one of the most successful pop stars of her time, has released a new book that offers a unique perspective into her life. Throughout her career spanning over four decades, Ronstadt became a trailblazer in the music industry. She holds the distinction of being the first woman to achieve three consecutive platinum albums, solidifying her position as a leading figure in the industry.In 1987, Ronstadt took a daring leap by recording an album of traditional Mexican music titled 'Canciones de mi Padre' or 'Songs of My Father.' This venture allowed her to connect with her cultural heritage, as the music she chose had deeply influenced her since childhood. Against the concerns and apprehension of her record companies, Ronstadt embarked on this project, driven by her passion and conviction. Her determination overshadowed any worries about the success or failure of the album. For her, it was a personal calling that had to be answered.In a recent interview with Jeffrey Brown for our arts and culture series, Canvas, Ronstadt shared her experience of the early stages of her career and the challenges she faced when recording the Mexican album. She revealed that the record companies were initially horrified by her decision. However, Ronstadt remained uninhibited by their concerns, driven by her belief in the importance of creating the record. She recognized her own power and influence, and it was her unwavering dedication that ultimately led to the album's surprising success.Today, at her San Francisco home, Ronstadt's life has taken a different turn. Since the early 2000s, her movements have slowed, and her speech has at times become slurred. Initially, these symptoms were attributed to Parkinson's disease, but later diagnosis revealed she has progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare and incurable disorder. Despite these challenges, Ronstadt's mind remains sharp and her sense of humor abundant. Her current favorite activity is reading, which allows her to remain connected to the world around her.Through it all, Ronstadt continues to embrace her roots and celebrate her heritage. In the 2019 documentary 'The Sound of My Voice,' she revisits her ancestral home, both physically and emotionally, offering audiences a glimpse into her extraordinary life. Additionally, she has just released a new book titled 'Feels Like Home: A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands,' further demonstrating her ongoing connection to her cultural background. In the book, Ronstadt explores her deep relationship with her ancestral home and the profound impact it has had on her life and music.Linda Ronstadt's remarkable career is a testament to her artistry, perseverance, and unwavering dedication to her craft. From her groundbreaking achievements in the music industry to her enduring commitment to honoring her roots, Ronstadt continues to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide. Her new book serves as another reminder of her extraordinary journey and the immense impact she has had on the music landscape.
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  • And a new book out this week offers a different window into the life of singer Linda Ronstadt, who has sold millions of records.
  • She's performed over four decades and made history as the first woman to have three consecutive platinum albums.
  • Jeffrey Brown spoke with Ronstadt recently for our arts and culture series, Canvas.
  • In 1987, Linda Ronstadt, one of the biggest pop stars of her era, did something extraordinary, recording an album of traditional Mexican music.
  • It was called Canciones de mi Padre, Songs of My Father, and looked back to music that had moved and influenced her since childhood.
  • It would become a surprise, barrier, and record-breaking hit.
  • Is it true that the record companies didn't want you to record the Mexican...
  • Oh, they were horrified.
  • They were horrified?
  • I was oblivious, but I also knew I had the plout to do it.
  • And it didn't occur to me that it would be successful or not successful.
  • I just knew I had to make the record.
  • If I didn't make the record, I would die.
  • At her San Francisco home today, some things are different.
  • Beginning in the early 2000s, Ronstadt's movement slowed, her speech at times slurred, by a condition first diagnosed as Parkinson's, later as progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare disorder with no known cure.
  • Her favorite activity now, at age 76, reading.
  • They sing, so the subsequent generations won't forget what the current generations endured or dreamed.
  • But with a sharp mind and a plentiful sense of humor, she's still returning to her ancestral home, physically, as in the 2019 documentary, The Sound of My Voice, and in a new book titled Feels Like Home,
  • A song for the Sonoran Borderlands.
  • Co-written with Lawrence Downs and featuring photographs by Bill Steen, it's a celebration with recipes of place, including Tucson, where she grew up, and of people, past and present, on both sides of a beautiful,
  • But harsh border.
  • Oh, just my impressions of the desert as I was traveling in it with my family and the years that I have gone back and visited.
  • It's a hard trip.
  • It's a five-hour trip through real mountainous terrain.
  • It's beautiful.
  • But, boy, if your car gets in trouble on the road, you better hope that somebody comes by.
  • JEFFREY BROWN, Author, The Sound of My Voice, Published by The Sound of My Voice.
  • Throughout the book, traditional song and dance, then and now.
  • Spanish was what you sang in, and English was what you spoke.
  • And the music of her mixed Mexican and European ancestry.
  • A great-grandfather had come from Germany to Mexico in 1839, and her own upbringing in a family that loved all kinds of music, from traditional mariachi to opera.
  • My mother played banjo, ukulele.
  • She played the piano.
  • My dad played the guitar and sang.
  • I learned all the songs.
  • I don't know why.
  • It was certain by osmosis.
  • She was 18 in 1964 when she left home for Los Angeles and became part of an exciting rock scene.
  • But, as she tells it, it didn't come easily to her.
  • You know, I watched the recent documentary about your life.
  • And there are people in there like David Geffen.
  • He said that, early on, you didn't have a lot of confidence, that you didn't...
  • I didn't have any.
  • You didn't have any?
  • Later on, I didn't have confidence either.
  • I was very consistent in that way.
  • But I got there, you know, to where it was a place that satisfied me.
  • Everyone else heard something very special, a voice that stood out in songs like You're No Good and Blue Bayou.
  • Twelve Grammys, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors.
  • She's won them all, and was a major celebrity, also known for her one-time relationship with California governor and presidential candidate Jerry Brown.
  • Never known as a songwriter herself, her strength was the ability to shape a song and make it her own.
  • I'll start to sing a song, a new song, and I will think, well, it will be like this or like this in my imagination.
  • When I actually get there and start to sing it, stuff comes up that I never would have thought of.
  • I just, it's like watching myself sing.
  • I go, oh, she did that.
  • She did that?
  • Yes.
  • Yes.
  • Not, I did that, she did that?
  • Yes.
  • Well, there's somebody working in there in my brain that doesn't insult me before just does it.
  • And, sometimes, it's really good, and, sometimes, it's really awful.
  • But Ronstadt always wanted more when it came to the music she was singing, and she regularly and bravely stepped way out of her comfort zone.
  • She recorded three albums of American songbook standards with legendary arranger and conductor Nelson Riddle.
  • She appeared on stage and film in the Gilbert and Sullivan classic The Pirates of Penzance.
  • My ambition was for the music.
  • I thought, there's certain music, if I could master it, then I'd be standing on firm ground.
  • I really felt that way about Mexican music.
  • I wanted to sing it so badly.
  • At the time, many fans weren't even aware of her Mexican heritage.
  • She says she wanted to change that.
  • Well, I wanted to own it.
  • I wanted to possess it musically, because it was such emotional music, it had moved me so much to listen to it.
  • She was performing the Mexican songs in the 2000s, when she began to feel her voice and body changing.
  • It was suddenly hard to do things I didn't believe it would be easy to do for me before.
  • In her backyard garden, we talked about those changes.
  • You knew it was time to quit?
  • Yes.
  • All my they say your life passes before your eyes before you die.
  • My whole concert life flashed before my eyes when I was on stage doing that show.
  • I knew it was the last one.
  • I don't miss performing, but I miss singing.
  • Did it make you feel differently about yourself, about who you were?
  • I'm still the same person.
  • I'm just diminished.
  • Talking is really hard, and pulling my thoughts together, I can see them.
  • But when I go to talk, it gets jumbled, and that's Parkinsonism.
  • But the good part is that I have a lot of help, and I have good friends.
  • I have really good friends.
  • She also continues to have millions of fans.
  • For the PBS NewsHour, I'm Jeffrey Brown in San Francisco.
  • JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR CORRESPONDENT, PBS NEWSHOUR CORRESPONDENT, JEFFREY BROWN NOT DIMINISHED AT ALL, LINDA RONSTADT IS A PORTRAIT OF COURAGE.