hospitality: the act of being friendly and welcoming to guests and visitors.


 The local people showed me great hospitality.

 Thank you for your hospitality.

 adolescence: the period of time in a person's life when they are developing into an adult.


 She had a troubled adolescence.

 yet another novel about the joys and sorrows of adolescence.

 to socialize: to spend time when you are not working with friends or with other people in order to enjoy yourself.


 I tend not to socialize with my colleagues.

 They're content to socialize with a very small circle of people.

 homeless: having no home.


 Accommodation needs to be found for thousands of homeless families.

 The family were left homeless.

 autonomy: independence.


 The universities want to preserve their autonomy from central government.

 Demonstrators demanded immediate autonomy for their region.

 generation gap: a situation in which older and younger people do not understand each other because of their different experiences, opinions, habits, and behaviour.


 She's a young politician who manages to bridge/cross (= understand both groups in) the generation gap.

 Most of the problems between parents and children are due to the generation gap between them. 

 divorce: an official or legal process to end a marriage. 


 One common cause of homelessness is separation or divorce.

 Ellie wants a divorce.

 jobless: unemployed.


 He's been jobless for the past six months.

 Welfare reforms are exploring new initiatives for those who have been jobless for a year or more.

 joyriding: driving fast and dangerously for pleasure, especially in a stolen vehicle.


 Joyriding has become more popular, especially among adolescents.

 Adolescents who love joyriding are subject to many dangerous accidents.

 tolerancewillingness to accept behaviour and beliefs that are different from your own, although you might not agree with or approve of them.


 The two peoples lived together in mutual tolerance.

 This period in history is not noted for its religious tolerance.

 to complain:  to say that something is wrong or not satisfactory.


 Lots of people have complained about the noise.

 If the service was so bad why didn't you complain to the manager?

  childhood: the state or time of being a child. (-hood is a suffix. -hood= the state or time of being).


 She had an unhappy childhood.

 Childhood is not always a happy time.

 shelter(a building designed to give) protection from bad weather, danger, or attack.


 The trees gave/provided some shelter from the rain.

 The wall gave us some shelter from the wind.

 handicapped: people who cannot use part of their body or mind because it has been damaged or does not work normally. (synonym: disabled)


 What's the best way of improving theatre access for people who are physically handicapped?

 It is a shared responsibility to take care of the handicapped; these are disabled people who find it difficult to do ordinary daily tasks.

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