adequate: as much or good as necessary but no more.
His $12 tip was adequate, but certainly not generous.
Her knowledge of cooking is adequate. She’ll learn more as she gets older.
confident: feeling sure of yourself, feeling able to do something.
I’m confident that you’ll be able to learn 15 new words every 3 days.
She married a confident man who knew how to take care of her.
evident: easy to see or understand
It is evident that you know a lot about cars.
They cleaned the house well, so last night’s party wasn’t evident.
hectic: very busy but a little disorganized
I’ve had a hectic day and I’m really tired.
Shopping on Saturday afternoon was a hectic experience.
indifferent: not interested, not caring
I’m indifferent about where we go for our next holiday. You decide.
I’m worried about her. She seemed indifferent about losing her job.
mediocre: neither good nor bad, of ordinary quality
I won’t go back to that restaurant. The food is mediocre and the service is terrible.
Unfortunately, he’s just a mediocre student.
numb: unable to physically or mentally feel anything
After I took off those tight shoes, my toes were numb.
She felt numb after the death of her husband.
ordinary: common, average, not special
It’s just an ordinary movie. Don’t waste your money.
His house looked very ordinary from the outside.
permanent: lasting forever
He has a permanent scar on his forehead from the skiing accident.
If you burn those photos, it’s permanent, you know.
personal: private, belonging only to you
He was absent from work for personal reasons.
In my personal opinion, they should never have gotten married.
scented: nice smelling
Those scented candles fill the room with a wonderful smell.
Most air fresheners are scented.
shallow: not at all deep
The water here is shallow enough for the children to swim in.
The Arctic ocean is the most shallow of all oceans.
traditional: the same for many generations
It’s traditional in our family to get married in June.
We’re having a traditional Thanksgiving this year.
unmoved: not feeling emotion
The policeman seemed unmoved by her sad story.
He tried to hide his emotions because he wanted her to think he was unmoved.
wholesome: healthy to eat
Many people know that bananas are a wholesome food.
I only eat wholesome cereal for breakfast.
Pronunciation Exercise: Listen and repeat the above vocabulary on the audio file below.
Use these flashcards to help you study.
When you think you’re ready, do the following exercises.
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