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20 -- 20/20 hindsight
having a better understanding of the way something should have been done after it has already occurred

Words & Phrases

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what one writes regularly about his or her experiences

I enjoy journaling about my activities here in the United States.

know better

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realizing that what you did was wrong

I stayed up really late last night, and now I’m paying for it this morning.  I should have known better!

language barrier

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challenges resulting from speaking different languages

We have a foreign exchange student living with us. Right now, we're all working on the language barrier. 

lash out

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yell at someone because you are upset about something

I hate it when my sister lashes out at me because she’s having a bad day.

learning curve

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when it takes time to learn something

There’s a real learning curve with this new iPod I just bought.  I figured out most of it, but there are still a few things I don’t get yet.


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someone or something that is well-known and celebrated

Michael Jackson (August 1958 to June 2009), known as the King of Pop, continues to be legendary for his incredible voice and explosive musical performances.

level the playing field

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give everyone the same opportunity to succeed

We need to level the playing field here since not everyone is an expert in math.


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the desire and urge that men and women have for wanting to have sex

The women were surprised when they found out that George had such a high libido in his old age.


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the same -- me too


Rosa:  I’m thinking about spending more time practicing my conversational English.

Manuel:  Likewise!

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limbo/in limbo

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not knowing what’s going to happen

Unfortunately, we’re in limbo right now.  We can't make any plans for my son’s birthday yet since he hasn’t decided what he would like to do.